Introduction

Welcome to my teaching portfolio. On these pages, you will find information on my teaching and mentoring philosophies, specific teaching experiences and teaching-as-research internship completed through the Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My interest in teaching began during my undergraduate education at a small, liberal arts university, the University of Puget Sound. Here, my classes were small, and I was exposed to a variety of teaching techniques, though I was not particularly aware of them at the time. I was able to TA for a number of laboratory courses and found that I enjoyed lecturing and tutoring. I also completed research with Dr. Mark Martin and found a passion for scientific inquiry and discovery. I loved the one-on-one mentoring with Dr. Martin and began to think of careers that would allow me to combine my interests in research, teaching, and mentoring. I left thinking, “I might like his job someday.”

I continued my scientific education by pursuing a PhD in Microbiology at UW-Madison. My thesis work under Dr. Garret Suen characterized the gut-associated microbiota of dairy cows and correlated these communities to growth, health, and milk production. During my time at Madison, I was introduced to the Delta Program, a founding member of the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). I enthusiastically participated in courses and other activities; Delta was just the kind of teaching-focused community I needed while working at a research-intensive university. Delta helped me to recognize the immense work undertaken by the great teachers which have helped me on my path and instilled in me the tools and desire to become an educator myself. These experiences culminated in the creation of this portfolio and receiving Delta's Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning

Now as a post-doctoral research associate under Drs. Federico Rey and Pamela Herd at UW-Madison, I am working with the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to unravel the complex interactions between human behavior and the gut microbiota. I am also continuing my involvement with Delta, particularly in the areas of course design and assessment. I still feel drawn to both the research and teaching worlds, and through Delta have realized their intersection in teaching-as-research. I plan to purse my passions as a professor and hope you find this portfolio informative of both my skills and the values which drive me as a learner and educator.

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