Teaching Experience

TEACHING

One of my primary career goals is to educate, mentor, and encourage young scientists and professionals. Throughout my educational career, I have pursued many avenues of teaching, training, and leadership development to cultivate professional skills and gain valuable teaching experiences. Building these transferrable skills has been so much fun, and I am now a confident communicator and educator.

Video clip from a guest lecture at Elon University - Toxicology course

GRADUATE EXPERIENCE

Instructor of Record: As part of a Duke Bass Connections grant, I developed the course, Global Health 395: The Global Impacts of E-waste Exposure and E-waste Recycling Policy on Maternal and Fetal Health to lead students through active research and project development addressing how electronic waste recycling affects human health in developing countries. This course is designed for students to assess this global health challenge through the lens of biological, social, economic, and political perspectives. I have taught this course for four semesters and acted as project manager for multiple team research projects.


Preparing Future Faculty Fellow: I was selected for the 2020-2021 Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Fellowship. Experience in this program provides insight into faculty life, including events to discuss research and teaching expectations of different universities, along with professional mentorship from a faculty member of a primary undergraduate institution. In addition to conducting observations of biology classes and faculty meetings at Elon University, I delivered a guest lecture in both BIO111 – Introductory Cell Biology, and BIO324 – Toxicology, under advisement of Dr. Linda Neidzeila, Chair of Department of Biology at Elon.


Certificate of College Teaching: I am currently enrolled in the Certificate of College Teaching (CCT) at Duke University, a certificate program consisting of a serious of courses and trainings to create my individual teaching pedagogy, develop classroom techniques and receive feedback, and provide formal professional development opportunities. Within this program, I have completed Teaching Triangles, an observation-based program to receive and provide observational feedback in a formal teaching role, and the following coursework:

GS 760: College Teaching and Visual Communication

GS 750: Fundamentals of College Teaching



Student Research Mentor: In my role as a research mentor, I have supported 2 masters, 7 undergraduates, and 2 high school students (and counting). Although each experience is unique, this role has provided a broad opportunity to teach basic lab techniques, provide scientific expertise and guidance, serve as a peer mentor and assist with next career steps.



Teaching Assistant, Responsible Conduct of Research Orientation: I was selected to TA the incoming biomedical students weekend orientation. At this retreat, I led discussions about research ethics, best laboratory practices, and handling difficult professional situations.

PRE-GRADUATE EXPERIENCE

University 100 Peer Instructor, George Mason University: For three years, I co-instructed University 100, a course designed for first year students transitioning into college academics and culture. I designed weekly lesson plans, led classroom lectures and activities, organized student events, and acted as a student advisor/mentor for underclassmen.


Hygiene and Sanitation lessons, Iquitos, Peru: As a member of the Amazon WaSH group (now the nonprofit, OnePlanet), I traveled to the Peruvian Amazon in May 2015, where I led hygiene and sanitation workshops for the Indigenous Maijuna peoples.


Health Literacy Lessons, Stepping Stones Shelter: I taught health literacy lessons to medically underserved women in order to empower them to make positive decisions regarding physical and mental health care.