Work with an introductory Biology course at Edgewood College

Description: Work with faculty partner to identify challenges, units, and teaching strategies of interest to shape a project (see top of opportunities page for project shaping questions)

Semester(s): Fall or Summer
Institution: Edgewood College
Department(s): Biology
Intern background needed: Small scale biology (cells, molecular interactions, metabolic pathways)
Spring 2021 plan if not face to face:

Course: General Biology: Cells and Molecules (Bio 152) in fall, and/or the honors section (Bio 182) in the spring
Course info:
Course time/day: Bio182 (honors version) MWF 9-10am Lab Tues 1-4

Challenges a project might address include: I am currently working on ways to better address stereotype threat in this course, Guest teaching would be welcome. Some topics are still lecture heavy and could use retooling to a problem based approach. Some labs haven’t been evaluated or retooled yet. Learning objectives for content and competencies are well defined, but alignment with actual activities needs reviewing. It would be great to develop better ways to practice and scaffold science writing skills.

Potential Guest Teaching Topics/Units: Flexible. Weeks 6-9 are Transcription, translation, cell signaling, Txn regulation. Molecular interactions are earlier, photosynthesis and respiration are later.

Teaching strategies of interest: Connecting my course to real-world student experiences, Problem- or project based learning, Incorporating case studies, Active learning techniques, Technology supported learning (online homework, blended learning, flipped classroom), Adding peer-mentoring or peer-led study groups, ‘Performance’ assessments (e.g. presentations, mock grant proposals), Collaborative learning/small group assignments or projects, Inquiry-based labs, Inclusive teaching strategies, Community-based or service learning

Teaching strategies currently used: Read and discuss “Big Chicken” online to get at public policy issues, research project is currently focused on food cultures (yogurt, sourdough, kefir, kombucha). Student create presentations on a issue related to cell division. Respiration uses case studies during lab time. Currently use online homework, clickers, in class group problems or application questions. Give group research presentations at end of semester. Currently use clickers, asynchronous discussion online, exam retakes, intro activity at the beginning of semester to highlight expectations regarding inclusive behavior.

Please Contact: Peter Kuhn <>