Teaching, Mentoring, and Belonging

I strive to be an exceptional educator and have been lucky enough to play a role in the education of thousands of individuals, primarily at the University of Kansas, in introductory-level biology courses and advanced courses in systematics and the history and diversity of life. A few examples of my teaching style can be found on YouTube. Learning is more than traditional lecturing and I look to provide support and opportunities for students to succeed in their academics and life afterwards through out-of-classroom experiences. As a first-generation academic, I was lucky to have exceptional mentorship from teaching assistants and senior researchers who taught me a great deal through research experiences. I look to provide all, but especially those from under-represented groups, such as first-generation scholars, opportunities to pursue their passions. Please contact me if you are interested in research opportunities. Explore my CV section for up-to-date teaching information.