The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a participant in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of CIRTL institutions is to improve teaching and learning at colleges and universities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to increase diversity and literacy in STEM fields across the nation. As a part of this program, I have taken and participated in graduate level courses at UAB to fulfill the requirements for CIRTL Teaching Certificates.
In addition the CIRTL courses, I am continuing to develop and reflect on new teaching and learning techniques that I implement in the classroom. I also continue to participate in teaching and learning opportunities outside of the formal classroom with activities related to teaching.
CIRTL at UAB
National Science Foundation Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Program - Teaching Associate ~ Completed August 2014
Courses Completed for Certification:
GRD 715 Preparing Teaching Assistants
GRD 716 Developing a Teaching Portfolio
GRD 750 CIRTL Seminar on Teaching and Learning
National Science Foundation Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Program - Practitioner ~ Completed May 2015
Activities Related to Teaching
- Birmingham Elementary School Science Fair Judge – Judge for Avondale Elementary school science fair, grades K – 4th, Dec 2013
- Birmingham Elementary School Science Fair Mentorship Pilot program (2013), Avondale elementary school ~ volunteered 1 hr/wk for 12 wks during Fall 2013 with 5th grade class to work one on one with 5th grade students to develop a science project to be presented at the annual all school science fair. Utilization of the scientific method and student development and completion of the science project emphasized. One of the students I worked with won 3rd place for all 5th grade entries.
- Girl Scouts of America Science Discovery Merit Badge (2010) Wade Science Center, Birmingham, AL
- AP Biology Class Prep – Birmingham High Schools (2009), held in Campbell Hall, Birmingham, AL