Molecular & Cellular Biology

2021–2022

Roya Huang

This year, I designed and taught the first pedagogy course in the Life Sciences (MCB 327). Thanks to groundwork laid by the former MCB Pedagogy Fellow Matt Holmes, and support from departmental faculty and administrators, we were able to add this course to the catalog and make it available for G1s in the Molecules, Cells and Organisms (MCO) program.
 
I designed the course with inclusive teaching at the center. In my time at the Bok Center, I realized that all of the strategies we’d reflected on had the outcome of improving access to learning and making it more equitable for students of different backgrounds and levels of prior experience. In the future, I suggest including a day on practical information (resources at Harvard, types of courses available to teach in the life sciences). I also suggest opening up the course to anyone who wants to take it.
 
Additionally, I worked on an LGBTQIA+ inclusion worksheet (inspired by our activity from the University for Michigan Center on Learning and Teaching). This is meant to be a living document that I hope future PFs can edit and contribute to.

View Roya's capstone project.

2020–2021

Matt Holmes

As the first MCB Pedagogy Fellow in several years, my goal was to reestablish and define my position. My capstone project, an attempt to pass the torch effectively, reflects my belief that the PF’s work extends beyond any one year or person. I have written a letter to my successor that describes our support network, the work that I’ve developed so far, and opportunities for their coming year. Accompanying this letter is a draft syllabus and lesson plans for a potential course on pedagogy for my graduate program. I hope this course will be a keystone for the PF position in the future.

View Matt's capstone project.