Goddard Hall, 203C
- Instructor, Biology & Biotechnology
My love for teaching and my investigative nature have met in a perfect marriage here at WPI. I am interested in investigating better ways of teaching science and making the science classroom more inviting to all types of learners. At WPI, I am surrounded by colleagues who care a great deal about science education. This creates an environment that fosters science education research and great teaching.
One aspect of science education I am interested in is how multiple representations can be used to foster student learning in the sciences. Sometimes the hands-on, physical exemplar is the final piece that students need to truly comprehend a scientific concept. This contextualization of concepts is sometimes ignored in the science classroom, and students are left to make the connection between the molecular level and the real-world circumstance on their own. This is where I feel interactive pedagogies like laboratories (hands-on) and case methodology (narrative) can help students learn difficult scientific concepts.
- STEM education and retention
- K-12 outreach in STEM disciplines
- Use of active pedagogies in non-major science lectures
- Social issues in the science classroom
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1998
- M.S. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2007
- Certificate in College Teaching, Clark University, 2008
- Doctoral candidate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2009-present
- Hunter, A, Caron, J, Rulfs, J, and MA Buckholt. Using a Classroom Response System (CRS) for real time data display and analysis in introductory biology lab. 2010 Journal of College Science Teaching 40:19-25.
- Prusty Rao, R, Hunter, A, Kashpur, O, and Normanly, J. Aberrant synthesis of indole-3-acetic acid in Saccharomyces cerevisiae triggers morphogenic transition, a virulence trait of pathogenic fungi. 2010 Genetics 185: 211-220.