Student Evaluation – Dealing with the good, the bad, and the just plain mean

Student evaluations can be tough to deal with. Here are some ways I cope with less than positive feedback!

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Attempted Summer Productivity

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – so much has been going on! Here is an update on me and an intro to what my next couple posts will be about.

More to Science than the Science: Cultural Components of STEM.

In this blog I’ve talked a lot about what I do in the classroom to provide the best experiences and opportunities for my students to learn. However, I want to take this opportunity to talk about my personal feelings on providing an education for my students outside of the lab or classroom – specifically, educating…

Happy New Year!

2017 is finally here! I’m pretty happy about it…not only do some things certainly need to be left behind, but I have many things to be looking forward to in 2017! As far as this blog, here are some upcoming posts: Using a Group Exam for Assessment – can it be done? Is there a right…

Learning about Learning – AAC&U STEM Conference 2016

Last week the Association of American Colleges and Universities hosted a conference titled, “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st-Century Society” in Boston. It was fantastic! I was joined by a number of faculty from SU, as well as our Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Not only did we learn a lot,…

The Elusive Functional Group Project

First, Updates! Yikes! Half the semester has flown by already! What have I been doing if not writing blog posts? A few things: Teaching, of course. The non-majors biology, turned Neuroscience and Society, course is going really well. We just finished talking about neurotransmitters, how drugs influence behavior and how drug policies in our country…

Happy Fall Semester, Everyone!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a great start to the school year. Over here at Susquehanna, we had convocation yesterday. The Bio dept thought it’d be nice to get a photo together… What a bunch of nerds…look how terrified I am. I think they’re the best 🙂

Summer Research Symposia

Hello again! As promised, I am writing about the poster presentations that my students gave following their summer of research. I’ll start off with saying that I am very proud of their work and commitment, and am even more psyched that they are excited and inspired to expand on their projects into the school year!!…

Starting a Research Program with Undergraduates

One of my tasks this summer was to get a research program up and running with undergraduate students. Let me give you some background before I begin on my plan of action… My position her at SU is as a Teaching Postdoc, meaning that according to my contract, my responsibilities end at the classroom. Fortunately, I have…

The Virtual Classroom (Part II) – Lab Reports

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while… but I’m ready to chat a little more about that summer course: I talked about my 4-week Intensive Introduction to Neuroscience with virtual lab in my second blog post a couple weeks ago…it has since ended (it was only 4 weeks long). It’s been an experience. The Pros: students…