Teaching Experience & Feedback

In my time as a Ph.D. student I have been the TA for eight classes and co-instructor for Marine Megafauna Spring 2015. This is a summary from the 168 pages of student feedback I have accumulated from these experiences which can be accessed here.

From my end of course TA evaluations, in response to the question, “Overall what were the TA’s strengths/things you liked?” One student wrote, “I liked that you made a clear effort to learn everyone’s names and always brought tons of enthusiasm to the classroom.” Another student cited “excellent teaching skills” calling my approach “interactive and engaging” while another wrote I was “interested in facilitating learning and success.”

From the Megafauna (2015) evaluations, the responses to the most valuable part of their learning experience in my classroom included, “the variety of teaching methodology,” the “personal connections” and “real life examples.” Jigsaw discussions, which one student noted “helped me improve communication skills,” and Skyping with other experts were two of the students’ favorite activities. Students wrote that the use of Skype was, “Really cool and unique” and I’ve never had a prof do them before.” With regards to improvement, one of the areas students recognized in my second evaluation was an improvement in pace, noting that I was going more slowly through the material which helped students improve their learning.

Overall, their feedback showed me that they responded well to the personal connections but also the innovative and high tech teaching techniques I implemented throughout the course. As a further call for more innovation one student wrote because “you are so open to videos/jigsaws etc., don’t supplement w/ boring powerpoints. This class would be a good one to learn through group projects.”

Some adjectives my students used to describe me were friendly, excited, approachable, knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic, understanding, professional and engaging.

I was awarded the Duke University Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in Spring 2016. The review committee of deans, graduate faculty, staff, and graduate students chose me from a highly competitive pool of nominees to receive this award, which recognizes two graduate students who best exemplify the characteristics of effective college teaching.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Duke University and Duke University Marine Laboratory, Durham and Beaufort, NC   Co-Instructor, Marine Megafauna (Spring 2015)

  Teaching Assistant, Marine Conservation Biology (Spring 2015 Travel Course, Hawai‘i)

  Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer, Marine Policy (Fall 2014)

  Guest Lecturer, Marine Mammals (Fall 2014)

  Teaching Assistant, Caribbean Invertebrate Zoology (Spring 2014 Travel Course, Bahamas)

  Teaching Assistant, Marine Ecology (Fall 2013)

  Guest Lecturer, Marine Mammals (Fall 2013)

  Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer, Marine Ecology (Summer 2013)

  Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Marine Biology (Summer 2013)

  Teaching Assistant, Fisheries Ecology (Spring 2013)

  Guest Lecturer, Marine Megafauna (Spring 2013)

  Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer, Marine Mammals (Fall 2012)

  Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer, Marine Mammals (Summer 2012)

  Guest Lecturer, Methods in Marine Bioacoustics, (Summer 2012)

  Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer, Marine Megafauna (Spring 2012)

University of Maine, Orono, ME (via Skype)
Guest Lecturer
, Conservation and Ecology of Marine Mammals (Fall 2014 and Fall 2015)

Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Guest Lecturer
, Plant Biology (Fall 2014)

 

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

Samuel Pickerill, Duke University, Undergraduate Work Study Student, Summer – Fall 2015

“Audit of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Sounds in Acoustic Recordings”

Sean Stanton, Duke, Master of Environmental Management Student, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

“Determining a historic baseline of anthropogenic noise in spinner dolphin resting bays along the Kona Coast of Hawaii”

Liza Hoos, Duke University, Master of Environmental Management Student, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

“Resting Habitat Suitability Analysis for Spinner Dolphins (Stenella Longirostris) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands”

Demi Fox, Duke University, Master of Environmental Management Student, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013,

“The Nai’a Guide: An Ecological Conscience Guide to Spinner Dolphin Tourism in Hawai’i”

Julia Goss, Duke University, Master of Environmental Management Student, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

“Determining Motivations Behind Business Involvement in the Dolphin SMART Program”

Stacia Goecke, Research Assistant, Fall 2012 – Fall 2014

“Daily presence of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Sounds in Acoustic Recordings”

Audrey Archer, Research Assistant, Fall 2012 – Fall 2013

“Daily presence of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Sounds in Acoustic Recordings”

Sara Schombert, Allegheny College, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2012 – Summer 2013

“Daily presence of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Sounds in Acoustic Recordings”

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COURSES RELATED TO TEACHING

Preparing Future Faculty Program Fellow (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Course: Teaching Practicum (Spring 2012)

Course: Seminar in Teaching College Biology (Fall 2011)

Course: Introduction to College Teaching Seminar (Fall 2011)

 

 

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