Short Teaching Statement I am a strong proponent of active learning. One of my goals is to teach student how to learn the course materials themselves, rather than having me spoon-feed them the information. I encourage students to come up with questions themselves and discuss the questions with other students in class. I try to facilitate discussions and stimulate self-directed learning using probing questions rather than providing answers to questions right away. One important aspect of learning how to learn is being able to think critically about what we read and hear. For upper level courses, I like to have students critique scientific journal articles and come up with research proposal themselves. Besides teaching in a traditional classroom setting, I also encourage hands on research experience. I was fortunate to have an amazing mentor and I benefited a lot from my own undergraduate research experience. Therefore, I always strive to foster students’ interest in science and research by encouraging students to take ownership of their own research projects, while guiding them along the way. Among the long list of things that I enjoy about teaching and mentoring, one of the things that always puts a smile on my face is when I see their passion and excitement when they present their research at conferences.
Teaching Experience: BISC 305: Animal Physiology. Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University. BISC 100: Introduction to Biology. Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University. BISC 112: Sexual reproduction on Earth. Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University. BISC 316: Vertebrate Biology. Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University. BISC 455: Endocrinology. Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University. BISC 101: General Biology (cell and molecular biology, animal and plant physiology). Teaching Assistant. Simon Fraser University.
Teaching Workshops: TA/TM Day Workshop: Encouraging Active Learning in the Laboratory. Co-facilitator/designer w. Allison Cornell. Simon Fraser University. Read my interview with SFU Teaching and Learning Centre here.
Teaching Certificates: Instructional Skills workshop. Simon Fraser University. Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching. International Teaching Assistant seminar certificate. Simon Fraser University.
Students mentored: 2 NSERC USRA students; 5 undergraduate research assistants; 12 work study students. (4 of these students are co-authored on conference presentations and/or research publications.)