College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
TILE course: Fundamental Genetics
Ph.D., Genetics, Indiana University, 1987 .
B.S., Biology, Creighton University, 1981 .
I earned my B.S. in Biology from Creighton University in 1981 and my PhD in Genetics from Indiana University in 1987. Following completion of successive postdoctoral research appointments at Ohio State and Penn State, I accepted a position as Course Coordinator in the Department of Biology at Penn State where I helped to draft and launch a new introductory biology curriculum for majors in 1994. I moved to the University of Iowa in 1996 where I accepted a position as a laboratory coordinator and lecturer in the Biology Department. I have been involved in curriculum development at various levels since joining the department, including with the designing and implementation of investigative labs in cell biology, developmental biology, evolution and genetics. Recently, I have served as a member of the Curriculum Review Committee and worked with Prof. Bryant McAllister and Dr. Mark Holbrook in the redesign of the department's introductory biology courses for majors. I attended The National Academies of Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology in June 2010 (along with UI team member Bryant McAllister. I was a participant in the University of Iowa's Spring 2011 TILE Institute. I taught Fundamental Genetics in a TILE classroom during the 2011 and 2012 summer session and am scheduled to teach the course in the TILE format again in summer of 2013.