SEPAL Alumni – Postdoc

Dax Ovid, 2019-22

dax@uga.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’ll be supporting the development of a new undergraduate major, Biomedical Physiology, and developing a research agenda in partnership with secondary schools and 2-year colleges around the state of Georgia. 

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I will definitely continue using (1) Scientist Spotlights, (2) Positively-phrased Instructor Talk, and (3) student-faculty collaborations for research and curriculum development (à la LEADS)!

Brie Tripp, 2020-21

btripp@ucdavis.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Professor of Teaching at UC Davis

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach Physiology for non-majors and majors and conduct biology education research with an emphasis on equity and inclusion in STEM classrooms.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

SEPAL taught me the strength and power in collaborating with others in all aspects of the professoriate: research, teaching, and service. I learned that the most successful people don’t figure everything out on their own but rely on and engage with inclusive networks around them to strengthen themselves and empower others!

Mallory Rice, 2019-21

mmrice@csusm.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, California State University San Marcos

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently developing my science education research program at CSUSM and look forward to collaborating with undergraduate and graduate students to shape the direction of the lab’s research projects.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

My time at SEPAL has influenced me to be more reflective about how I and others experience the world and science, and from SEPAL I am continuing to use my place of power to center and amplify the voices and lived experiences of students in STEM.

Sarah Pickett, 2018-19

spickett@berkeley.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Senior Consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning, UC Berkeley

What are you up to now professionally? 

I work in the field of educational development: supporting university instructors in using evidence-based and reflective teaching practices to support equitable, inclusive, and effective student learning and experiences.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

So many things(!), but broadly, I’ll say the 21 Teaching Strategies — I routinely share them with instructors across campus and use them in designing teaching workshops and other programs.

Maurina Aranda, 2018-19

maarand@siue.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Professor / Department of Biological Sciences / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

What are you up to now professionally? 

I’m living my dream as a biology professor in the Midwest studying biology education research

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Pedagogical tools and resources

Kristin De Nesnera, 2016-18

kdenesnera@luc.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Lecturer, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach a range of Introductory Biology courses as well as Ecology and Conservation Biology and stay involved in department and university efforts to improve the undergraduate education experience.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I use the 21 Teaching Strategies all the time in my teaching. More recently, I have been able to put to good use the Zoom skills I developed collaborating cross-country with SEPAL research colleagues!

Melinda Owens, 2015-18

mtowens@ucsd.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Assistant Teaching Professor in Neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego

What are you up to now professionally? 

I use so much from my time at SEPAL, including the active learning techniques I learned, seeing education through a lens of equity and inclusion, mentoring students in equitable ways, and continuing the research I started at my time at SEPAL.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I use so much from my time at SEPAL, including the active learning techniques I learned, seeing education through a lens of equity and inclusion, mentoring students in equitable ways, and continuing the research I started at my time at SEPAL.

Sarah Bissonnette, 2015-17

sbissonnette@csustan.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Stanislaus.

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach General Biology 1 (the equivalent of Bio230) and upper division Cell and Molecular Biology. I’ll also be teaching an upper division molecular biology lab for the first time in Spring 2022! I’m also a Faculty Fellow for Advising, which means I spend a lot of time advising students in and out of my home department, and trying to help other faculty members be the best advisors they can be.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Oh my gosh, everything: think-pair-shares, wait time, name tents, instructor talk, “student hours,” a million techniques for facilitating faculty professional development… I use multiple things I learned during my time at SEPAL every single day! I am *so* grateful for my time at SEPAL, the amazing mentoring I received, and the fantastic colleagues I got to work with!

Colin Harrison, 2015-16

colin.harrison@biosci.gatech.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Senior Academic Professional, Director of Introductory Biology Labs, Georgia Institute of Technology

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently running the intro bio labs and teaching intro bio at Georgia Tech while continuing to do biology education research.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Everything! My time a SEPAL really set me up well to continue inclusive teaching practices and education research related to improving DEI efforts in Biology.

Shannon Seidel, 2013-15

seidelsb@plu.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Associate Professor of Biology, Pacific Lutheran University

What are you up to now professionally? 

I teach introductory biology, virology, and science education courses to undergraduate students and mentor undergraduates in research.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Wow, so many things! At SEPAL I developed writing skills I use to write grants and papers, management skills to mentor undergraduate researchers, and teaching techniques and curricula in the classroom.

Gloriana Trujillo, 2013-15

gloriana@stanford.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Director of Faculty and Lecturer Programs at Stanford University

What are you up to now professionally? 

Partnering with instructors to reflect on their teaching to thoughtfully include evidence based and equitable teaching strategies in the classroom.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Applying Scientific Teaching to all aspects of my professional life, not just the classroom.

Sara Brownell, 2012

sara.brownell@asu.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Professor in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

What are you up to now professionally? 

As a discipline-based education researcher, I strive to make undergraduate biology learning environments more inclusive, particularly for women, students with disabilities, religious individuals, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

I still use the tools that I learned at SEPAL for enhancing equity in my teaching and how I run my research group.

Audrey Parangan-Smith, 2011-2013

audreygp@sfsu.edu

Current Position, Title, & Institution

Co-Director, SF BUILD & Student Training Core Program Director at SF State

What are you up to now professionally? 

I am currently working with the SF BUILD Program at SF State in partnership with UCSF with the goal to enhance diversity of the biomedical workforce.

What do you continue to use most from your time at SEPAL? 

Effective strategies for workshop development and scientific teaching.