Teaching and Teaching Awards
Systematics of Plants (Integrative Biology 335)
Introduces the principles and methods of identifying, naming, and classifying flowering plants. It includes a survey of selected flowering plant families and provides information on their interrelationships. The course meets three times a week for lecture and once a week for a two hour lab. It is co-taught with Dr. Kenneth R. Robertson (Plant Biology and Illinois Natural History Survey). The Digital Flowers program incorporates digitized plant images and is used in most lectures. Recently, this course website was named to Online Education Database's (OEDb) Top 100 Open Courseware Projects list.
Principles of Systematics (Integrative Biology 467)
A comprehensive survey of the theory and methodology of systematics as they are applied today to all groups of organisms, with a practical experience in the acquisition and analysis of systematic data. The course meets three times a week for lecture and once a week for a two hour lab. In collaboration with the late Dr. Ellis MacLeod (Entomology), I developed this course in 1994. Since that time, I have taught it on my own or in collaboration with Drs. Sydney Cameron and Jim Whitfield (Entomology).
Evolutionary Survey of Plants (Integrative Biology 469)
A lecture and laboratory course dealing with the structure, development, reproduction and phylogeny of land plants, as represented by mosses, liverworts, lycophytes, ferns, horsetails gnetophytes, conifers, cycads, angiosperms, and fossil plants. The evolutionary changes that led to this diversity will be emphasized and recent literature will be discussed. The course meets three times a week for lecture and once a week for a two hour lab.
Biological Sciences (Integrative Biology 100 and 101)
Introduction to biology for the non-biology major. The course focuses on three contemporary issues--maintaining a livable environment, human health, and evolution. Since arriving at UIUC, I have rotated through this course three times.
Ranked "excellent" by students, UIUC
Outstanding Staff Member, Panhellenic Council, UIUC
Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Scholar, UIUC
Honored and recognized in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators, 11th ed. 2007