Since joining TCU’s faculty in 2008, my primary teaching responsibility has been BIOL 10003, Contemporary Issues in Biology. This class fulfills TCU’s core requirements for Natural Science and consists of 3 hours of lecture with a lab. It is designed for non-Biology majors and focuses on current, real world Issues relevant to all people. As we explore these Issues, Biology content is introduced as needed to thoroughly understand the significance and ramifications of the Issue. This class is offered both Fall and Spring and often during the Summer.
In addition to teaching Contemporary Issues in Biology, I coordinate the labs for non-Biology majors. This includes training and supervising both graduate and undergraduate Teaching Assistants. I teach two other courses to accomplish this. Undergraduate Biology majors who want to be TA’s for Contemporary Issues in Biology must register for my class, BIOL 40320 (Teaching Intro Level Biology). New graduate students who are awarded TA assignments much register for the class, BIOL 60910 (Graduate Teaching in Biology) during the Fall semester of their first year as a graduate student. These course prepare TA’s to instruct and interact with students.