Teaching

My passion for science and my core value of education and learning make me committed to effective teaching. In my graduate career, I made it a priority to develop better pedagogical strategies and become a better educator. As a graduate student I gained teaching experience as a TA in the undergraduate classroom and as a workshop facilitator in various formal and informal educational settings.

I was a TA in the following courses:

  • Plant Systematics (Botany 400)
  • Evolutionary Biology (Bot/Zoo/Anthro 410)
  • Vascular Flora of Wisconsin (Botany 401)
  • Botany for Non-Majors (Botany 100)
  • General Botany (Botany 130)

I have given guest lectures in:

  • Evolutionary Biology (Bot/Zoo/Anthro 410)
  • Ethnobotany (Bot/Anthro/AmerInd 474)

Some quotes from student evaluations:

“Chloe is very approachable and knows the subject matter well. I am not afraid to ask her questions and she is very patient when I don’t understand something right away.”

“Very smart and easy to work with. She can explain everything in a few ways to get the point across if need be. Always open to questions.”

“She really knows the subject matter well, and is very comfortable with teaching”

Delta Teaching Certificate

I participated in the Delta teaching program at UW-Madison, which allowed me to explore and think critically about science pedagogy, reflective teaching and assessment, and elements of diversity in the college classroom. (My teaching philosophy can be found here.)

Through this program, I conducted a teaching-as-research project that assessed how classroom lectures affected students’ tree-thinking and evolution misconceptions in Botany 400 (Plant Systematics), and assessed whether a practice-and-feedback style intervention improved students’ tree-thinking and diminished their evolution misconceptions.

Mentoring

I mentor undergraduates and prioritize helping them through projects that they can take ownership of from start to finish . (My mentoring philosophy can be found here.) This is an active way for young scientists to learn the practice of scientific inquiry, hypothesis testing, experimental troubleshooting, and dissemination of results.