Why I Came to Taylor
I was called to Taylor University to provide expertise in the teaching of undergraduate biology education in the area of teaching for future elementary and secondary teachers. Teaching is a passion that requires a strong foundation in both biology and learning. Teaching Biology also requires that you understand how your faith interacts in the field of biology in an honest and true form.
Faith and learning is not just something that happens at Taylor University. It is a process that all Christians must do in all areas of their lives. What is different here is that faculty are intentionally focused on addressing this in their areas. Students must be confronted with those areas where their theological commitment integrates with their learning and especially how they process what they are learning.
One of my most favorite recent books has been the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lax. A NY Times best seller on the relationship between science, research, society, ethics and culture. I enjoy science fiction, biographies, and the philosophy of the nature of science. I also enjoy reading journals of Science, Nature, Cell and the American Biology Teacher.
I am currently learning Spanish and enjoying my travels to Cuenca Ecuador.
Major career accomplishments
I am currently involved in the development of Taylor University’s Cuenca Ecuador Centre. I am highly involved in global enterprises. I recently spent a week in Peru with National Geographic Archeologist, a semester of professional development in Ecuador and consultant on global endeavors for the National Association of Biology Teachers.
I am passionate about the teaching of biology and the integration of faith and learning.
President of the National Association of Biology Teachers 2009
President of the Indiana Association of Biology Teachers 1994
President of the Hoosier Association of Biology Teachers 2013-14
Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador 2011 to Present
Council of Scientific Society Presidents (2010 to Present)
Director of Ecuador Programs, Taylor University 2011 to Present
Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships
Council of Science Society Presidents (CSSP)
Indiana Association of Biology Teachers (IABT)
Hoosier Science Teachers Association (HASTI)
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Alpha Chi, National Honor Society
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
Advanced Placement Faculty Consultant (College Board)
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Book Review American Biology Teacher, Vol #72, No 9, November/December 2010
“Irrational Fear” or “Irrational Complacency” Science and Health; Myth Busters”, American Biology Teacher, Vol #71, No 9, November/December 2009
“Informing Their Discretion”, American Biology Teacher, Vol #71, No 7, September 2009
“Sustainability”, American Biology Teacher, Vol #71, No 5, May 2009
“Education, A True Professional!” American Biology Teacher, Vol #71, No 3, March 2009
“The Natural History of Ireland.” The Hoosier Science Teacher Fall, 2007
“The nature of science: How well do we understand it? How well do we teach it?” The Hoosier Science Teacher Fall 2003
"Can the use of Human Examples Facilitate Learning Mendelian Genetics Concepts?" Journal of School Science and Mathematics, May/June 1992, pp. 273-277
“Guidelines for Undergraduate Biology Education” Summit on Undergraduate Biology Education, AAAS Washington DC, May 2008
“Bioenergetics, teach it backwards” National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Memphis, October 2008
“Developing an Undergraduate Biology Professional Development Summit” Summit on Undergraduate Biology Education, HHMI Bethesda, MD, 2008
“Quick Hits: Using visualizations and metaphors to teach difficult concepts in biology” HASTI Professional Development Conference, Indianapolis, 2009
“The role of NABT in undergraduate biology education professional development” Summit of Undergraduate Biology Education, AAAS Washington, DC, 2009
“Peruvian International Studies for Education: Development Delegation Northern Peru”-- Poster Session National Association of Biology Teacher National Professional Development Conference, Minneapolis MN. 2010
“Protein Synthesis, Replication and Mitosis, a conceptual approach” National Association of Biology Teacher National Professional Development Conference, Minneapolis MN. 2010
“A model of Global Engagement in Undergraduate Biology” National Association of Biology Teachers National Professional Development Conference, Anaheim CA 2011