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A Farewell to Teaching?

15 Aug

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I’m taking time away from teaching – at least for the Fall Semester –  to pursue new opportunities closer to Kansas City. (to which we recently moved house).

Teaching has been something enjoyable that I always wanted to explore, and when we moved from Philadelphia to Paola, Kansas in 2009, a terrific opportunity presented itself. Over the past several years I’ve taught:

  • General Biology
    • My bread and butter course. The more I taught it, the more I liked it and felt good about the story arc I had with it
    • First half of semester: The Cell and its workings
    • Second half: Reproduction, Genetics, and Cancer
  • Microbiology
    • I always thought that I disliked this class, but I think I enjoyed it, I just never felt great about pacing and felt like I was doing the helminths a disservice.
    • I approached this class for a molecular angle through the survey of life, then from an immunologist’s perspective to finish off
    • One of my favorite elements of this class was following an epidemiology sketch that put my students in charge of running a good analysis and containment of outbreak. I would love to include more about John Snow and the origins of epidemiology if I could
  • Medical Terminology
    • This class was a bust. I used it every day just to crank up for Patho, but it’s hard to generate a narrative about what is essentially a semester long vocabulary list
    • I think I would have liked this if I ever got a good handle on how to make it interesting; I love language, and etymology, but how do you fill an hour and a half with it?
  • Population Genetics
    • This was the smallest, most undefined course I’ve taught. We covered a number of topics including:
      • making relationship maps from DNA sequences
      • exploring allelic frequencies
      • looking at survival strategies

      This was a lot of fun and probably the most low-pressure class I’ve ever taught. It was more like a graduate seminar.

  • Pathophysiology
    • This is the core class that my nursing students needed.
    • I was leery of teaching it because it is not where my background was strongest, but it is interesting and I found myself spending hours filling in background for myself.I would be willing to bet that after a few more semesters it would be my favorite class to teach.

The big question now is: ‘What next?’

If anyone knows anyone who would hire an Immunologist / Molecular Biologist / Educator  / With interest in developing coding skills, please point them in my direction.

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3 Comments

Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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3 responses to “A Farewell to Teaching?

  1. Jennifer Mallory

    August 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Jack you were a wonderful teacher. You took a dreaded class and made it interesting. You kept a classroom of nursing students engaged in Pathophysiology…… Where ever you go I know you will put your whole heart in and be very successful. You will be missed.

     
  2. downhousesoftware

    August 18, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Thank you so much.
    I wish you success in all your future endeavors as well. Let me know if there’s anything I can ever do to help you along or if you ever need another sounding board to discuss something from a class.
    Best wishes!

     
  3. Tamarah Rockwood

    August 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I seriously can’t wait to see where this new road leads you!

     

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