Teaching & Mentorship

Training, certifications, & awards

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

  • University of California, Riverside, Graduate Division
  • Awarded in 2017-18 and 2019-20 academic years

Certified Master Tutor, Level III

  • College Reading & Learning Association International Tutor Training Program (2020)

University Teaching Certificate Program

  • University of California, Riverside (January – June 2019)
  • Highly selective, intensive program where participants learn student-centered techniques, design active learning exercises, and deliver presentations on evidence-based practices in pedagogy

Graduate Student Diversity Certificate Program: “Making Excellence Inclusive”

  • University of California, Riverside (March – June 2018)
  • Weekly three-hour workshop where participants learn and implement practices to promote equity and inclusiveness in the classroom and at the institutional level

BIOL 301: Teaching Biology at the College Level

  • University of California, Riverside (September – December 2017)
  • Graduate level course to increase TA effectiveness in the life sciences

Teaching Development Day

  • University of California, Riverside (May 2017)
  • One-day series of workshops covering various topics in pedagogy

ENTOM 3350: Naturalist Outreach Practicum

  • Cornell University (January – May 2012)
  • Upper-level undergraduate course on effective practices in informal science education, requiring at minimum seven K-12 classroom visits

Teaching experience

Facilitator for GradEdge/JumpStart NSF GRFP Workshop Series

  • University of California, Riverside (Summer 2020)
  • Non-credit eight-week fellowship writing program for incoming graduate students

Teaching Assistant for BIOL 005B: Introduction to Organismal Biology

  • University of California, Riverside (Spring 2020)
  • Undergraduate lab, online due to COVID-19

Teaching Assistant for BIOL 161B: Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates

  • University of California, Riverside (Winter 2020)
  • Undergraduate discussion sections

Teaching Assistant for BIOL 163: Evolutionary Ecology of the Terrestrial Vertebrates

  • University of California, Riverside (Fall 2019)
  • Undergraduate lab and field course

Teaching Assistant for BIOL 161A: Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates

  • University of California, Riverside (Fall 2017 and Fall 2018)
  • Undergraduate discussion sections

Guest Seminar Leader for EEOB 210: Organismal Biology

  • University of California, Riverside (Spring 2018)
  • Graduate seminar

Guest Lecturer for BIOL 5B: Introduction to Organismal Biology

  • University of California, Riverside (May 2017)
  • Undergraduate lecture
  • “Muscles and Movement Part 1: Animal Locomotion”

Mentorship & support roles

STEM Coordinator, Graduate Student Mentorship Program

  • University of California, Riverside (August 2020 – present)
  • 50% appointment (roughly equivalent to a TA position)
  • Designs mentorship programming to enhance first year graduate student retention and success efforts across departments

Consultant, Graduate Writing Center

  • University of California, Riverside (September 2019 – September 2020)

Mentor for undergraduate and high school research assistants

  • University of California, Riverside (January 2017– present)

Presenter, Graduate Writing Center Workshop:  “Applying for Fellowships”

  • University of California, Riverside (May 2020)

Invited speaker, Physics Organization for Womxn and the Under-Represented (POWUR)

  • UC Riverside Physics Department (March 2020)
  • “Broadening participation in STEM by reducing stereotype threat”

Presenter, Graduate Writing Center Workshop: “Writing Concisely”

  • University of California, Riverside (January 2020)

Mentor, SICB Broadening Participation Mentorship Program

  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (January 2020 & January 2021)

Mentor, JMIH Mentorship Program

  • Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (July 2019)

Invited speaker, Graduate Student Diversity Certificate Program

  • University of California, Riverside (May 2019)
  • “Mitigating stereotype threat through growth mindsets”

Presenter, Teaching Development Day

  • “Mitigating stereotype threat through growth mindsets”
  • University of California, Riverside (May 2019)

Panelist, STEM TA Roundtable

  • University of California, Riverside (April 2019)

Invited Panelist on Grant Writing for EEOB 265: “Lunch Bunch”

  • University of California, Riverside; graduate course (April 2016)
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