Associate Professor of Biology
- Using microbiological and genetic techniques to study the microbiome of human breast milk.
- Leading a teaching faculty mentoring program.
- Developing and leading interdisciplinary faculty learning communities on campus and in the Goshen community.
- Working with area high schools to develop student workshops on DNA biotechnologies including PCR, gene sequencing, and using gene databases.
- Serving as co-director for the Indiana Science Olympiad regional tournament hosted by Goshen College every February.
- Serving as DEI Officer and co-chair of the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Advanced Cell Biology (Biol 341) Explores eukaryotic cell physiology at the molecular level. Includes discussion of intracellular transport, cell communication, the cell cycle, cytoskeleton function, and tissue formation. Lab experiences focus on protein isolation and eukaryotic cell culture.
Cell Biology and Genetics (Biol 120)An introduction to the structure, genetics, and physiology of the cell focusing on mechanisms of cellular communication. Lab experiences emphasize bacteria culture, eukaryotic cell culture, microscopy, DNA isolation, amplification, and sequencing, and Drosophila crossing.
Junior Seminar (Biol 331) A course to develop and propose a Senior Thesis project and develop professional skills. Focuses on current topics and lab techniques in microbiology and cell biology.
Marine Biology/Biology of the Sea (Biol 304/210) An intensive field-based course that explores the ecology of the marine system in the Florida Keys. A three week course offered during May term.
Microbiology (Biol 206)An investigation of the role of microbes in human health and disease and the effects on society. A course intended for nursing students. Lab exercises focus on clinical examples.
Microbial Biology (Biol 300)A survey of the role of microbes in the environment including terrestrial and aquatic systems, human food and agriculture, and human disease.
Core 100 – Identity, Culture, and Community
Biological Principles I and II – with Colloquium
Molecular Cell Biology
Course Development Institute facilitator. At Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University. 2017-2021.
Workshop – “Using transposons to trace human ancestry.” With Northridge High School IB Biology students. January 2018, November 2019.
Transformational Learning Communities. At Indiana College Biology Teacher Association annual meeting. October 2018.
Workshop – “Microscopes and Cells.” With 7th Graders at Goshen Middle School. April 2018
Lecture – “Opportunities for Women in STEM Careers.” At Elkhart Memorial High School. May 2018
Workshop – “Detecting Genetically Modified Food Ingredients in Common Food Products.” With IB Biology I students from Northridge High School. January 2016, 2017.
Intentional Learning Community Coach for Learning Communities at Goshen Middle School. October 2016-June 2017.
- Lilly Fellows Program Mentoring grant – Develop and pilot a teaching faculty mentoring program that focuses on the Goshen College mission and teaching in a Christian context.
- Mininger grant – Attend Facilitative Learning workshop through School Reform Initiative (SRI), Cambridge, MA and Designing Adult Learning workship through SRI, Cambridge, MA
- Mininger grant – Attend Facilitative Leadership and Critical Friends Group Coaching workshop through the School Reform Initiative, Cambridge, MA
- Mininger grant – Attend Cell Culture workshop at the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland
I have been teaching in the Biological Sciences Department for 19 years. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy reading, gardening, and trying to keep up with my husband and three children.