Teaching

SPIRE scholars become skilled educators and mentors who contribute to increasing diversity in science careers by:

  • Engaging in the SPIRE Seminar on College Teaching: A series of two-hour sessions designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of college teaching facilitated by Dr. Ed Neal formerly Director of UNC's Center for Teaching and Learning (seminar syllabus ).
  • Teaching courses and mentoring students at one of four partner institutions in North Carolina.
  • Working closely with faculty mentors, who provide guidance and mentoring on teaching, undergraduate advising, administration, and academic culture
  • Learning and applying science education theory.
  • Incorporating technology-supported learning into the classrooms at partner institutions.
  • Contributing to science education. The following publications were authored by SPIRE scholars:
    • Allen, S.  2002.  Earning a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Minority Scientists Network, Science Nextwave (web article), American Association for the Advancement of Science http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/1470/earning_a_ph_d_in_microbiology) -Invited submission.  Accessed Sept. 12, 2007.

      Baines, A, McVey, M, Rybarczyk BJ, Thompson, J, and Wilkins, H.  2004. The Mystery of the Toxic Flea Dip: an interactive approach to teaching aerobic cellular respiration.  Cell Biology Education, 3(1), 62-68.

      Carson S and D Robertson. 2005. Manipulation and Expression of Recombinant DNA: A Laboratory Manual, Second Edition. Academic Press. 

      Casper, A. 2008. Colon Cancer: A Case of Genetic Bad Luck? Web-based Case Collection of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/case.html

      Mozdziak, PE, JN Petitte, and SD Carson, 2004. An Introductory Undergraduate Course Covering Animal Cell Culture Techniques. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 32: 319-322.

      Key, S.C.S. 2007. Tazswana’s Story: A Case of How Alternative pre-mRNA Splicing Leads to Genetic Disease. The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection [Online database of peer-reviewed case studies].  State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm. Accessed Sept 12, 2007.

      Fleet, CM, Rosser, MF, Zufall, R, Pratt, M, Feldman, T, Lemons, P. 2006. Analysis of Hiring Criteria in Biology Departments of Post-Secondary Educational Institutions. BioScience 56: 430-436.

      Price, RM, Rosypal AC, Kern B, and Powell T.  2008. Adapting an Annual Research Symposium to Recruit Underrepresented Minorities to Postcollege Education.  J. of College Science Teaching, 38(2): 49-53.

      Rybarczyk, BJ. 2008. Molecular Evolution: HIV Drug Targets and Resistance. Evolution: Education & Outreach, 1(2): 184-188. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-007-0024-5

      Rybarczyk, BJ. 2008. Molecular Evolution: The HIV Envelope Protein. Evolution: Education & Outreach, 1(2): 179-183.  DOI: 10.1007/s12052-007-0023-6

      Rybarczyk, BJ.  2007. Tools of Engagement: Using Case Studies in Synchronous Distance Learning Environments.  Journal of College Science Teaching.  Sept/Oct 37(1): 31-33.

      Rybarczyk BJ, Baines AT, McVey M, Thompson, J, Wilkins H.  2007. Case-based approach increases student learning outcomes and comprehension of cellular respiration concepts.  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.  35(3) 181-186. 

      Rybarczyk, BJ and Walton, K. 2009.  Hypothesis Modification Activity.  In Lord, French, and Crow, eds. Guide to Assessment. Society for College Science Teachers.  NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.

      Rybarczyk, BJ and Walton, K.  2006. Feedback as a Learning Opportunity.  In Teaching Tips - Best Practices for College Science Teaching. Society for College Science Teachers. 

      Rybarczyk, BJ.  2006. Incorporating Primary Literature into Science Learning.  In Handbook of College Science Teaching. Eds. Mintzes, J.J. and Leonard W.H.  NSTA Press.

      Rybarczyk, BJ. Sell Yourself…Guidance for Developing Your Personal Statement for Graduate School Applications.  Minority Scientists Network, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_development/previous_issues/articles/2006_01_06/sell_yourself_guidance_for_developing_your_personal_statement_for_graduate_school_applications Accessed September 12, 2007   

      Rybarczyk, BJ, Heck, W, Novicki, A.  2005. The Campus Coffee Shop: Caffeine Conundrums.  The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection [Online database of peer-reviewed case studies].  State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm

      Rybarczyk, BJ. 2002. Abracadabra: Magic Johnson and anti-HIV treatments.  The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection [Online database of peer-reviewed case studies].  State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm Accessed Sept 12, 2007.

      Walton KLW.  2005. The case of Baby Joe: chronic infections in an infant.  The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection [Online database of peer-reviewed case studies].  State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.    http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm.  Accessed Sept 12, 2007