I am in my fourth year teaching at Texas A&M University after teaching at the University of South Carolina and Florida State. My current activities include teaching the Chemistry 101/102 first-year program course, as well as the Chemistry 107 Chemistry for Engineers course. These courses are the foundation of our program and many majors, so I am eager to help students through these courses. I have also taught organic chemistry lecture and biochemistry at other institutions.
I am also helping implement two assistance tools for students of the First-Year Program: The Chemistry Reinforcement Module and First-Year Program Recitations. The Chemistry Reinforcement Module is a pre-course activity aimed at incoming students to solidify information from high school chemistry and give them a foundation for their first semester course. This is accomplished using online videos created at Texas A&M, an online homework system, and helpful workbook. The Recitation Program is being created to help the first-year student with difficult topics in a small-class setting for a more one-on-one approach. This will ultimately help them on the lecture material and examinations. For the Recitation Program, increased Teaching Assistant Training is aimed at giving the teaching assistants the necessary guidance and observation for them to be successful in their teaching and research presentations. This is accomplished using filmed teaching sessions in the First-Year Program laboratories and pedagogy discussions.
My past research interests were in the area of heme biochemistry, enzyme catalysis, and substrate binding in proteins.
I am an appointed faculty member for the College of Science to the Aggie Honor Council, University Discipline Appeals Panel, and Faculty Senate at Texas A&M University. The honor policy is an important aspect of Aggie life and helping education faculty, students and sometimes their parents about the importance of these rules is a critical part of education here at Texas A&M.
Outside of my work with the Department of Chemistry, I am an avid sports fan (GO CUBS!), runner, book reader and youth sports volunteer.