Teaching + Mentoring

Throughout my graduate career, I have had the opportunity to teach biology undergraduates in lab, lecture, and discussion settings, as well as in a research mentor role. Through participation in professional development initiatives, seeking out my own mentors, active trial and error, and attentively listening to student feedback, I’ve developed my passion and skill for finding creative ways to connect with a diverse student body. I’ve incorporated museum collections, online databases, local nature centers, and other under-utilized university and community resources to foster student engagement. I implement active, team-based approaches and maintain a level of flexibility when working with students to meet ambitious learning objectives.

Most recently, I held an Adjunct Lecturer position with the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York (CUNY), teaching Science Literacy at Brooklyn College as part of their Science Forward initiative. Previously, I’ve served as a Biology Teaching Assistant at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst for Animal Behavior (4 semesters) and Ornithology (3 semesters); I’ve designed and taught my own course as Instructor of Record (‘Exploring Sound in the Animal Kingdom’) through a fellowship with the CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning); I’ve guest-lectured in numerous courses including Introductory Biology, Experimental Methods in Ecology, Writing in Biology, and Animal Behavior; I’ve served on panels for training new Teaching Assistants across university disciplines; and I won the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Teaching Assistant Award in 2015. I’ve mentored over 30 undergraduate research assistants in field and lab techniques, including methods for data collection, data processing, and data analysis, and I’ve advised one undergraduate senior honors thesis.

I am committed to continuing to develop my teaching and mentoring skills as I move forward in my career, and I hope to integrate methods from the science education literature into my practice, particularly with respect to fostering an inclusive learning environment and empowering students to be scientifically conscious citizens and lifelong science advocates.

email: amyvstrauss@gmail.com / twitter: @avstrauss

Currently based in New York, NY.