Over the past eight years, I have worked with college students as a course instructor, research project mentor, and retreat facilitator. Below is a review of my experience as well as my formal teaching philosophy.
T E A C H I N G S T A T E M E N T
S O C I A L J U S T I C E R E T R E A T
Spring 2020. I served as a co-facilitator for UW-Madison's annual retreat for undergraduates interested in social justice. Programming included small-group identity development and education to train young activists.
R E S E A R C H M E N T O R S H I P
Fall 2017 - Spring 2019. As a graduate student, I have advised seven research students through both independent projects and as assistants on my thesis research field teams. I love collaborating with undergraduates who bring new ideas and energy into our work.
"[Taylor] was my mentor for the UW SROP (Summer Research Opportunities Program) program last summer! I love how she pushed for me not to think only about plants but also pollinators. She is open-minded and open-hearted."
-2020 Research Mentee
I N T R O B I O L O G Y L A B (BIO 152)
Fall 2017. As a teaching assistant for UW-Madison's introductory biology course for majors, I taught two weekly ecology, evolution, and plant physiology labs of 20 students each and provided one-on-one writing support sessions for thirteen independent student research projects. For this course, I received UW's Honored Instructor Award for "challenging, supportive, and inspiring" instruction.
A N I M A L B E H A V I O R (BIO 030)
Fall 2014. As a teaching assistant for Swarthmore College's intermediate level biology course, I assisted in running weekly hands-on lab experiments on bird, frog, and insect behavior. I also offered group tutoring sessions and individual help for students seeking support outside of class.
Photo (left) shows undergraduate research assistants Sammy, David, Jaimie, and Maya preparing for bumble bee surveys in the field.