Teaching and Pedagogy

My teaching philosophy and education research in biology and science communication revolve around applying student-centered solutions to modern pedagogical problems. I leverage my two decades of interdisciplinary expertise in biological sciences, social sciences, and management to steer my pedagogical and education research projects toward success. I advocate using open science and engaged scholarship to make scientific information accessible, and I create an inclusive learning environment in my classes. I contribute to evidence-based discussions on improving higher education on the Cornell campus, nationally and internationally. As a first-generation immigrant, I am sensitive to issues impacting students who struggle to navigate the hidden curriculum, and I use the Universal Design theory to remove barriers to learning. My education research informs my teaching approach to help students build agency, become motivated, balance expectations, and develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking, science communication, and science literacy. I am deeply invested in the pedagogical training of my undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants.
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