HHMI Biology FEST

What is HHMI Biology FEST?

Together, as a strong collaboration between the SFSU SEPAL: The Science Education Partnership & Assessment Laboratory and the SFSU Department of Biology, we propose Biology FEST: Biology Faculty Explorations in Scientific Teaching, a multi-pronged faculty development program that will enhance faculty pedagogical expertise, provide support for iteratively changing their teaching, engage faculty in regular discussions of student assessment evidence, and build infrastructure to support comprehensive curricular reform in the future. The overarching goal of the effort is to produce students who are scientifically curious and literate leaders in society regardless of their eventual career emphases. Biology FEST has the potential to transform the learning experiences of the ~5,000 students – almost 20% of the SFSU student body – each semester who are enrolled in majors and non-majors biology courses. Through this initial effort, we aspire to prepare biology faculty pedagogically through scientific teaching for more comprehensive curricular re-envisioning in the future.

Click Here for More Information about HHMI Biology FEST!

Expanding HHMI Biology FEST

Faculty Empowering Students in Transformations. The overarching goal of the effort is to cultivate our upper division biology major students of color – African American, Black, Latino/a, Native American, Filipino/a, and Pacific Islander students – as leaders, role models, and partners with biology faculty in transforming upper division biology learning environments. These student of color leaders, which will include majority first-generation college-going and transfer students, will participate directly in reform efforts as: 1) in-classroom peer learning assistants and near-peer mentors, 2) co-developers of classroom equity and diversity curricular interventions, 3) co-researchers in assessing the impacts of these efforts, and 4) culturally knowledgeable resources for faculty understanding of the student perspective.

Expanding HHMI Biology FEST:  Faculty Empowering Students in Transformation Principal and Co Principal Investigators

Kimberly D. Tanner, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University and Director, SEPAL
Laura Burrus, Ph.D., Professor, Department Chair of Biology, San Francisco State University
Blake Riggs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University

HHMI Biology FEST Principal Investigators

Kimberly Tanner, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University and Director, SEPAL
Carmen Domingo, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University and Associate Chair

HHMI Biology FEST Advisory Board

Zheng-Hui He, Ph.D, Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University and Associate Chair
Jonathan Knight, Ph.D, Biology Lecturer, San Francisco State University
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Ph.D, Professor of Biology & Health Equity Institute Professor, San Francisco State University
Christopher Moffatt, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Sally Pasion, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
Andrew Zink, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University