Teaching

Table of Contents
1. Teaching Experience
2. Relevant Coursework
3. Diversity Statement
4. Teaching Philosophy

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Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer
Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Fall 2014: BIOL 2035 (Microbiology) - Two Microbial Genetics class sessions

Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota
Fall 2012: BIOL 2002 (Foundations of Biology) - One lab section
Spring 2013: BIOL 2002 (Foundations of Biology) - One lab section
Fall 2013: BIOL 3409 (Evolution) - Two lab sections
Spring 2014: BIOL 3409 (Evolution) - Two lab sections

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Fall 2011: BTNY 110 (Intro to Plant Biology) - Lead TA one lab section, Assisting TA one lab section, Grader two lab sections
Spring 2011: BTNY 110 (Intro to Plant Biology) - Leab TA one lab section, Assisting TA one lab section, Grader one lab section

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Relevant Coursework

Spring 2014: GRAD 8101 (Teaching in Higher Education, A)
Spring 2015: GRAD 8200 (Practicum for Future Faculty, currently enrolled), GRAD 8200 (Multicultural Teaching and Learning Across the Disciplines, currently enrolled)

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Diversity Statement


Diversity as a major theme in biology. A system’s ability to weather disaster and adapt to change depends on diversity. Genetic diversity is required for the ability to adapt and evolve. In agricultural settings diversity can buffer systems from the destructive abilities of pathogens, droughts, and other threats. In an ecological context diversity allows a system to continue functioning even if a constitute part is removed. Diverse systems are more resistant to invasion by exotic species.

The strength of diversity is not limited to plant systems. We as humans also gain from our own diversity. Diverse perspectives allow us to see problems we may not have known about before, to find innovative solutions, and to see a new appreciation for something that we previously took for granted. We also live in a globalizing society, where it is becoming increasingly more important to be able to interact with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. I encourage students to embrace the diversity in their courses.

We gain when everyone can contribute. I encourage students to seek the resources they need to be successful. I also want students to recognize that they are protected by the university from bias and harassment, and that there are procedures in place for when these protections are violated. While I hope no-one needs to use these procedures, I encourage students to seek them when needed. If not for themself, then for someone who may face these issues in the future.

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Teaching Philosophy

You can request a copy of my teaching philosophy by emailing me at golds306@umn.edu

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