Teaching

Teaching phylosophy

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Teaching experience

# Semester Course Role Students
9 2020-Summer Genetics (ECOL-320) Mostly grading 50
8 2020-Spring Introductory Biology (ECOL-182L) Main instructor 48
7 2019-Fall Marine Biology (ECOL-170) Mostly grading >100
6 2019-Spring Introductory Biology (ECOL-182L) Main instructor 48
5 2018-Fall Marine Biology (ECOL-170) Mostly grading >100
4 2018-Spring Introductory Biology (ECOL-182L) Main instructor 48
3 2017-Fall - Marine Biology (ECOL-170) Mostly grading >100
2 2017-Spring Introductory Biology (ECOL-182L) Main instructor 48
1 2016-Fall Introductory Biology (ECOL-182L) Main instructor 48

Student evaluations

Below are the answers to three short questions from Teaching Course Evaluations for multiple courses I taught between 2016 and 2019. No TCEs were available during 2020 given COVID pandemic. I’m including any comments concerning with my performance as instructor. No comments were filtered out and student’s identities are completely anonymous (even for me!). Please note that I taught my first couse in August 2016 which was also my first time speaking publictly in English. I moved to the US roughly one month before

What did you especially like about this section?

Year Comment
2016 Christian is always willing to meet up with me when i need extra help and understanding.
2016 the instructor
2016 The TA did a great job.
2016 The instructor was very nice and always encouraging
2016 The willingness of the instructor to answer questions and provide additional materials when something was unclear
2017 Cristian was very polite and responded quickly to emails.
2017 This is my first science lab I’ve taken in college and it has been okay. The TA is a hard grader so I am not always happy with my grades. The TA is very nice and cares about the students.
2017 We were allotted enough time to complete lab assignments in class. Assignments were clear, as well as labs and directions. If there were any questions, confusion, etc., I felt comfortable asking Cristian.
2018 How open and helpful Christian was to questions. Whenever I was confused or needed help, he was always extremely helpful and helped explain it until I really understood it.
2018 I really liked that the TA was so helpful with any questions we had about subject matter/ procedure difficulty. He was always kind and willing to help.
2018 Openness to ask questions
2018 comfortable setting
2018 Cristian was an amazing and very knowledgable and helpful TA. He really inspired me to do my best.
2018 The lab teacher was really nice and made everything interesting. I actually reallywanted to be in class.
2018 The TA was very knowledgable on the topic at hand and did a great job at explaining concepts that I did not understand.
2019 Christian was always super helpful, bouncing around the lab a lot so he was always available.
2019 He has fun with the class and is easy to come to
2019 I honestly loved that Cristian always made himself really approachable with questions. He’s one of the best TA’s I have had throughout my academic career. I felt challenged enough in this lab that it made me like it a lot and it’s one of the most interesting labs I have taken so far. The class is a bit long but Cristian makes it a good experience for his students and he’s always very helpful.
2019 I liked how it was a small class and it made me feel as if I could talk to the instructor one on one more easily
2019 Our TA is very helpful and clears up all confusion if any.
2019 Christian is a God
2019 Cristian made it enjoyable and I felt comfortable with the material because I knew he was willing to assist us if I was unsure about a certain question or subject
2019 He always was willing to help us when we needed it
2019 I could do labs at my own pace (and leave early). Roman was also helpful whenever I had questions.
2019 I really enjoyed the nature of the laboratory instructor as they were always very willing to help and could sense when you needed further explanation.
2019 My TA is very good and knows what he is teaching. It is evident that he loves Ecol!
2019 The TA is amazing

What suggestions would you make to improve this section?

Year Comment
2016 Grading was fair in the begging, then out of nowhere it changed to harsh grading without notice. Therefore, I would suggest making grading less harsh and more fair.
2016 The TA did a great job, but a lot of the procedures in the lab manual just didn’t feel important. A lot of the sections felt like busy work. I don’t have a great way to improve this, but I would try to incorporate some kind of feedback where students are asked which lab section specifically didn’t work and which ones worked well.
2017 I do not think any changes need to be made; this lab was excellent!
2018 Cristine needs to practice speaking clearer when he is flustered/excited. It was just hard to understand him.
2018 grading criteria changes & is unclear. cannot understand TA’s accent. Lack of English proficiency makes his explanations confusing, i.e. TA: “there are petidoglycan in that tissue sample” Me: “so there are multiple peptidoglycan?” TA: “no there is only one” See how improper grammar causes his explanations to be incorrect and misleading?
2019 I think one suggestion is that his voice is a bit low and a bit fast. Therefore, I think he should slow down a bit in the lecture portion and engage students a bit more in interactive activities.
2019 slow down when going through the slideshow, don’t call students out post-presentation…

Please write any additional comments you may have.

Year Comment
2016 I liked my instructor, but I did not enjoy the class
2016 the teacher was great and the overall structure of the class was great as well
2016 Cristian is a really knowledgeable TA. There is a small language barrier, but he was able to convey his lessons to the best of his ability.
2016 Cristian is a wonderful person - very nice, very easy to talk to, but does not speak enough english to be teaching a course. I know that he was always trying to help us, but it was not adequate or on topic when he tried. It is a lose-lose situation because I’m sure he is uncomfortable when we ask questions he cannot understand or answer. However, he did always try.
2016 Cristian is very intelligent, that much is clear. But his lack of communication with students hurts the lab significantly. The way that assignments were graded didn’t really seem to fit with rubrics on some occasions, and because of that students did not really know what was expected of them. There was a lot of trial and error that resulted in poorer grades in the beginning of the semester, which certainly could have been avoided. I do not think he was the right choice to being teaching a lab.
2016 great TA
2016 Instructor has a very thick accent and can be hard to understand but is willing to take the time to help you understand.
2017 Christian was great, but really hard to understand. I would almost always have to go through his lecture slides after class because I would have no idea what we learned in class.
2017 […] Christian was a great teacher, very kind and respectful, he always explained things in different ways to make sure everyone understood and was always patient in explaining concepts to people and kept trying until they understood it. I think he was a hard grader though for reports.
2017 it was unfortunate, but it was very hard to understand this TA due to the accent.
2017 The TA did a great job teaching this section to the best of his ability.
2018 Cristian was a very good lab TA.
2018 Great TA. One of the best I’ve had so far. Glad I had the opportunity to take Ecol Lab with Christian.
2018 Cristian has made my lab experience a positive one. I didnt find that any of the other lab sections were happy with their instructors as much as our section.
2018 Cristian was a good TA and was always willing to help me on an individual basis.
2018 Cristian was one of the best, if not the best TA I’ve had at the UofA. He knew the topic completely, always explained topics in depth, and always answered questions completely.
2018 I really liked the way this lab was organized. I knew what was expected of me and I felt good about the material when I went over a project.
2018 The instructor was very hard to understand while lecturing to the class
2019 An enjoyable environment, with medium stress.
2019 Cristian made lab enjoyable and kinda fun, made the presentations in lab engaging
2019 Cristian was a very good lab TA. I appreciate that he was so helpful in class. My one criticism would be to talk louder when lecturing because sometimes it was difficult to hear.
2019 Cristian was really great at helping when I was confused though was sometimes hard to understand.
2019 I liked Cristian as an instructor.
2019 I think he’s a great TA!
2019 Thank you
2019 Christian is the best TA even.
2019 Cristian is great!
2019 Cristian is the best, he helped my lab partners and I whenever we needed it and was always very patient with us
2019 Good instructor and very helpful.
2019 Have a good summer vacation (if you have one).
2019 This TA was very caring and passionate about the subject which made the lab overall more enjoyable.
2019 This TA was very helpful in lab.