SEPAL Visiting Scholars

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Amy Beadles-Bohling

Visiting from November 2016 – March 2017

beadlesb@up.edu

Professor, Biology
University of Portland
Portland, OR

 

About Me

Amy is a visiting scholar from the University of Portland, Portland OR where she teaches in the biology department.  This semester she is delighted to be spending six weeks of her sabbatical at SFSU in the SEPAL lab.  An addiction neurobiologist by training, Amy has been interested in active learning and biology education research for nearly 20 years, and is enjoying the opportunity to work directly with and learn from Kimberly Tanner and the members of SEPAL. Since 2008 Amy has been teaching Nursing students in their first college biology course: Foundations of Biology.  This course is supported by the peer-led team learning (PLTL) model which incorporates a great deal of active learning during weekly 1-hour optional workshops.  Historically, most of the active learning opportunities available to her students have been confined to the evening workshops, However Amy‘s long term goal is to transform both the workshops and her classroom into entirely student-centered environments so her students can learn about biology in the classroom using the same methods scientists utilize when they do research in their labs.  Amy is working with Kimberly to design a project that will investigate the impact of group exams on student’s long term retention of the concepts she covers in her course. While on campus Amy also hopes to add some new tools to her teaching toolbox by sitting in on the courses of some of the talented biology faculty at SFSU.

 Molly Schrey

Molly Schrey

Visiting from September 2014 – June 2015

molly.schrey@westvalley.edu

Professor, Biology
West Valley College
Saratoga, CA

About Me

I am a visiting professor at the SEPAL lab this academic year and very excited to be here!

I am certain my year sabbatical from West Valley College will be filled with things that are new and renewing.  The atmosphere here is both inspiring and welcoming.

I have been teaching Biology for 26 years – a few years at various high schools in upstate NY and 7 years at Niagara County Community College.  After a move out to California in 1998, I was hired at West Valley and have loved teaching non-major’s General Biology, Intro to Genetics, and Human Biology ever since.

I have two sons, David – 23, and Michael – 20, two amazing human beings who make me proud to be their mom.  Outside of school, I volunteer much of my time working with the youth of my church and going on mission trips.  I love being active and outdoors: running, hiking, kayaking, biking, and my latest hobby – standup paddleboarding.

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Karen Erickson

Visiting August 2013 – July 2014

EricksonKaren@Foothill.edu
Professor, Biology
Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, CA

About Me

Karen Erickson is a tenured professor of Biology at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Karen received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University in 1989 and continued her graduate studies at the University of California, Davis. Her thesis project, completed in 1994, focused on the immune-responses of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, to capture-related stress. Karen has been teaching cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and biotechnology courses at Foothill College since 1996. In the summer of 2010, Karen participated in the CCB FEST Summer Institute and, since then, has been dedicated to scientific teaching.

Research Project

During the academic year, 2013-14, Karen was granted a professional development leave (sabbatical) to pursue a research project focusing on issues from the student perspective, particularly those of community college students. Her research project will investigate community college student attitudes toward active learning in their biology classes.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith

smith@hnu.edu
Professor of Biological Science
Holy Names University
Oakland, CA

About Me

Julia Smith is a tenured Professor of Biological Sciences at Holy Names University in Oakland. Julia completed a B.A. in Biology at Carleton College in 1983. Her Master’s thesis, at the University of Oklahoma, investigated a woodpecker hybrid zone. In 1993 Julia completed her Ph.D. studying phenotypic plasticity in Song Sparrows at the University of California at Berkeley in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Research Project

As part of a sabbatical leave in 2009, Julia will be working at SFSU in collaboration with SEPAL researchers to: 1) develop a baseline estimate of student mastery of performance objectives in Holy Names University biology courses, 2) explore whether inquiry-based pedagogy results in greater mastery and retention of performance objectives in biology courses, and 3) examine whether inquiry-based methods may be an effective tool promoting the participation and achievement of under-represented minorities in biology.