My teaching philosophy is evidence-based and student-centered, incorporating active learning and attention to individual students’ needs. I approach teaching in much the same way that I do research. I make observations in class, read the literature, experiment with teaching tools, and collect data on students’ learning gains and affective responses. I use peer-instruction and interactive learning techniques to engage students into analyses of scientific data that lead them to think and act like scientists. By shifting the focus of instruction from myself to the students, I seek to increase students’ confidence and help them reach their own conclusions. My goal is to improve every student’s ability to apply the process of science.
I am currently teaching two classes at The Ohio State University at Marion:
– EEOB 2510 – Human Anatomy (Fall and Spring 2017): This course is intended as an introduction to human anatomy. We study the anatomy, development, and evolution of the human body. We will work our way through the major systems of the body discussing the function of organs, the developmental and evolutionary processes that lead to these organs, and the pathways of blood, food … I aim to introduce students to the terminology and basics of human anatomy and engage them in critical studies of this anatomy to understand its importance in biomedical fields. The class includes a laboratory section in which we dissect small mammals to explore anatomy ourselves.
– EEOB 2520 – Human Physiology (Fall and Spring 2017): This course is a survey of the physiology of the human body. We study the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function, and reproduction. We go over the structure of the organs, tissues, and cells of the body as well as their function and processes. I aim to introduce students to the physiology of their own body and engage them in critical studies of its application to biomedical fields.