TEACHING

I have had the good fortune to teach a variety of classes whilst  at Salve Regina. Everyday I am excited and enthusiastic to get into the classroom and am always searching for that critical “ah-ha” moment where students really “get it”.

In addition, to the classes listed below, a vital part of my teaching is working with students in my lab.  I encourage you to check out the research pages on this site.  Everything you see there is the result of experiential learning with students.

The Courses I have taught at Salve Regina are:

Bio 110: Human Biology: Physiology and Health

This course is a concept-oriented study of the interrelationships and variations in the physiological processes in health, disease, heredity and sexuality that can be applied to real life situations. Students will be given opportunities to read and critically analyze many of the new and challenging developments in human biology, along with the moral and ethical choices, responsibilities and dilemmas that inevitably accompany them.

Bio 112: General Biology II

This survey course is the second part of the Biology Majors Sequence and covers Biochemistry, Genetics, and Plant and Animal Physiology.  Dr. Swanson is responsible for covering the Genetics and Plant Physiology Portions of the class which he is co-teaching.  For this class Dr. Swanson is piloting a flipped class room model where students receive pre-recorded lectures and partially filled out notes.  This frees up time during the “lecture” to build concept maps, have discussion, and read the literature.

GST 110: New Student Seminar

This lecture class is aimed at introducing freshmen to the college way of life.  It covers looking at the SRU mission, time management, study habits, and personal reflection.

UNV 101: Moving Meditation: Karate  as a way to explore movement and the culture of Asia

In this course you will learn the Japanese martial art of Shotokan Karate-do as well as learning the philosophical and historical aspect of Asian martial arts.  Physical training will consist of learning how to block, punch, kick and strike in correct stance and how to apply these techniques against an opponent.  Whilst learning karate you will learn it in Japanese; Karate-do’s universal language. In addition, we will discuss how your body articulates and moves. Using karate-do as an example, we will use principals of biomechanics to understand how we leverage efficient movement.  As well as learning the physical aspects of Karate-do, significant time will be spent exploring the history and philosophy of the martial arts of Asia. We will do this, though the physical training of Karate-do, lectures, in-class discussions, readings and written reports.

Bio 220: Cell Biology

This required class introduces concepts of cell biology to sophomore students.  This co-taught class is shared with Dr. Shakarian and contains a rigorous laboratory component.

Bio 235: Biotechniques

This lab class introduces biotechniques to sophomore students who show interest in research.  This co-taught class is shared with Dr. Shakarian and provides a one professor to six student ratio.  The students carry out actual research complementary to both professors interests in a collaborative fashion and work through from conception of the project to final presentation and dissemination.

Bio 250:Kinesiology

This lecture course will discuss the fundamental aspects of kinesiology, the study of human movement. It provides a rigorous introduction to the biophysical foundations of kinesiology and will include elements of the anatomical, physiological, biomechanical and neurological aspects of human movement, movement disorders, and sport performance.

Bio 253: Genetics: Classical and Modern

This lecture and laboratory course will discuss the fundamental aspects of genetics and will focus on the three core areas of the discipline: Classical, Molecular and Population genetics.

Biol 435: Developmental Biology

This lecture and lab course will study the procedures by which organisms grow and develop.  The course will focus on the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation, and morphogenesis in both plant and animal systems.

Biol 399: Flora and Fauna of New Zealand

This short term study abroad course is  designed to provide students with first-hand experiences of the impact humans can have on the native flora and fauna in the diverse geographic landscape of the world’s youngest nation.  Students will learn through continuous discussion and instruction by the primary instructor.  Lectures will be given by professionals throughout New Zealand, in museums, crown research institutes, and universities.  In particular we will survey the natural flora and fauna of New Zealand and try to identify it respective geographies (including cave systems, coastal regions, native New Zealand forest, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, geothermal areas, and alluvial river plains), and then discuss the impacts of the geography and human influences on the flora and fauna and its relation to this genetic diversity.

Biol 403: Biochemistry (Labs)

This course provides an introduction to biochemistry. The organizing principles of cellular biochemistry are emphasized. Within this framework the structures, chemistry, and function of proteins, nucleic acids and amino acids, lipids and carbohydrates are presented. Molecular topics such as evolution, protein sequencing, and proteomics are also introduced.