Teaching Biology

For over 20 years I have been involved in teaching biology. While trained as an evolutionary geneticist, my passion has always been engaging students, who are not scientists, in the relevancy of biology to their everyday lives.

From community colleges to military bases, and onto four-year institutions, I have taught biology in almost every format. I have authored books on biology, and spent countless hours talking with instructors on the challenges that they face in this environment.

The articles below reflect some things that I have learned from those experiences.

Looking into the Eyes of a Jaguar
If you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have answered a big cat vet. I have always loved animals, and don’t get me wrong, over the years I’ve had some great dogs, a few fish, and even a couple of misplaced hamsters, ...
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The Cancer Gene We All Have
A few years ago, as I was becoming increasingly frustrated with teaching the mega-classes of introductory biology at Appalachian State, I began to reach out and explore how I could engage students in understanding the relevance of science to their lives. As fortune would have it,  I was nominated to ...
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Remote: The Connected Faculty Summit
On Tuesday July 14th I will be giving a presentation at Remote: The Connected Faculty Summit entitled "3 Questions to Ask Before Using a New Digital Resource" at 1230 PM PST. Here is the abstract: 3 Questions to Ask Before Using a New Digital ResourcePresenter: Michael Windelspecht, Ph.D., Educator, Scientist ...
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Three Questions to Ask Before Using ANY Digital Resource in Your Classes
So here we are – in the virtual world of teaching. Just a few weeks ago, the online classroom was still the exception, the majority of classes were still being taught in the traditional classroom, although in many different formats. However, over the past week, almost every educational institution across ...
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