Senior Lecturer

Scientists have the reputation of being terrible instructors, but in my time in college-level teaching, I've met few who did not deeply care about what and how their students learned.  The real problem may be that few graduate students in the sciences are ever taught about teaching and learning – as is true in much of graduate education, we are tossed into the deep end to swim as best we can. We end up re-inventing many of education's wheels through this process, missing out on the wonderful tools that are available.

In seeking to improve my instructional techniques and thus provide better opportunities for students, I've done my share of re-invention. In completing a masters in educational leadership, I accelerated my learning by discovering the world of K-12 educational research. I learned many new techniques and approaches to learning as well as the correct implementation - and names - of techniques I'd discovered on my own. On my education web pages I provide some ideas and data demonstrating the efficacy of these techniques; click on the links below to learn more about my philosophy and research in education.

Consulting: Education for Critical Thinking

Philosophy of teaching

Using formative assessments in a large lecture setting

On-line quizzes to teach problem-solving

Quizzes improve student outcomes: a test

Other links:

Nephila life cycle and natural history

Web building and prey capture

Studying Nephila clavipes in Mexico

Student projects using Nephila

How to identify a great project and do your own science

Links to interesting web sites in science

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for adults.


  • B.A. Cum Laude, The College of the University of Chicago
  • M.S. University of Chicago, Department of Biology
  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Department of Zoology
  • M.Ed. University of Vermont, Department of Educational Leadership


  • 802-656-9598
Office Location:

115 Marsh Life Science