My teaching style focuses on a discussion based classroom environment where students are actively engaged in the subject matter. I feel this teaching style made me a natural fit for the Team Based Learning method employed in the School of Pharmacy at Regis University. While in the classroom, I encourage students to look at the underlying assumptions for a particular theory that we may be working on. For example, when teaching protein/ligand binding, I ask students what are the assumptions made by a lock and key mechanism versus an induced fit model? I like to make the students aware that there are several ways of thinking about the same phenomenon. I encourage openly asking questions in my classroom as well, and I feel that this helps generate dialogue between students and therefore encourages them to critically examine key concepts in the physical sciences.
In addition to teaching in the classroom, I am passionate about teaching and learning in the laboratory. I feel that the lab is where the frontiers of pharmaceutical sciences are advanced and new knowledge about disease states is obtained. Furthermore, I believe that the making discoveries in the laboratory help further the Regis University mission of the pursuit of truth.
Before teaching at Regis University, I taught biochemical concepts to first year graduate students and medical students during my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During my graduate studies in chemistry, I taught general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry to both undergraduate and graduate students.