Summer Teaching Institute

June 6-9, 2022

Join us for our annual Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching at UM from June 6-9, 2022. The Summer Institute will expand and sharpen participants’ teaching skills through workshops developed and facilitated by national teaching experts. The institute will focus on evidence-based active learning strategies that have been shown to improve student understanding and success. Participants will develop an original, peer reviewed course module that incorporates backwards design and learning activities on the topic of their choice. They will be named Scientific Teaching Fellows at the end of the workshop. If you are interested in participating or nominating a faculty member, graduate student, or postdoc for the institute, please contact Jasmine Laine. Space is limited. 

This year's Institute will help prepare you for teaching in the fall and offer new insights for engaging students.

participants working together at June 2021 MOSI

Learn more about the Institute

WILLIAM (BILL) DAVIS is a Professor of Biochemistry and the Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement at Washington State University. He received his BA from Drury University in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 1999. After two years as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Munich, Bill joined the faculty of the School of Molecular Biosciences in 2001. In prior roles at WSU, he served as the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in SMB and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Veterinary Medicine. In these roles, he helped lead the implementation of ongoing programmatic assessment and a strong focus on undergraduate research using innovative fast-track BS to PhD programs and the introduction of project-based laboratories in large enrollment introductory Biology courses. In July 2022 he became a Vice Provost where he oversees programs that support undergraduate education across the WSU system of five campuses.  Bill’s current research interests focus on the impacts of classroom and laboratory pedagogy on student learning outcomes in large enrollment freshman classes, including the 500 student Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics course that he taught for eight years. He also is active in innovative programs that lead to the transformation of both individual faculty and departments/institutions engaged in life sciences education, work facilitated by his efforts as a PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellow, his role as a Mentor and Facilitator in the National Institutes on Scientific Teaching, and his service as a Lead Facilitator for the annual AAC&U/PKAL STEM Leadership Institute.

"It has been a highly valuable workshop for me. I learned so much! and everyone was so kind and positive." - Summer 2020 participant

"I very much found it [the Institute] useful! There were some great ideas on making my classroom more interactive and student focused, and I really got a lot out of thinking about how to reverse engineer my lectures so I am more focused on ensuring my students learn exactly what I want them to." - Summer 2019 participant

"The program is very well-refined and was an efficient way to learn about theory and practice of scientific teaching. The program did an excellent job of pairing learning with doing, and I feel I walked away with some concrete ways to improve my own courses." -Summer 2019 participant

"The seminar was a revelation.  It opened my eyes to a wide world of new and innovative ways to engage my students and enhance my teaching." - Summer 2019 participant

"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the Scientific Teaching course you offered earlier in the summer. I am at the tail end of designing a new class we are piloting this fall...and have incorporated the ideas discussed in that seminar/course throughout the entirety of my curriculum. I am so super excited to see how it all goes, but know that the active learning strategies will help engage this student population in their learning of the material." - Summer 2019 participant

“My experience at a Summer Institute for Scientific Teaching changed the way I think about teaching. Scientists are trained to rely on evidence for research, yet somehow the notion of evidence-based teaching is not widely embraced. I worked with a group to develop a module (teaching tidbit) on the subject of the electrochemical gradient. This is a difficult concept for students, and indeed for some of the instructors in my group, but central for understanding the function of nerve cells, mitochondria, chloroplasts, and other topics in cell biology. Together we developed slides and activities to help students understand the underlying principles of the electrochemical gradient. I’ve used these lectures in my cell biology class for a number of years now, and consider them to be the best lectures I give.” -Mark Grimes, Associate Professor, DBS

  • Amy Christiansen, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Jessica  Dougherty-McMichael, Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Erim Gomez, Wildlife Biology
  • John Goodburn, Forest Management
  • Eric Gren, Bitterroot College
  • Ashley Hampton, Anthropology
  • Jennifer Harrington, Native American Natural Resource Program
  • Katie Holick, Neuroscience and Pharmacy
  • Lu Hu, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Zachary Lauffenburger, Geosciences
  • Sapana Lohani, Society and Conservation
  • Brooke Martin, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Steven  Mitsuda, Accounting and Finance
  • Mike Morelli, Management & Marketing
  • Holly Nesbitt, Society and Conservation
  • Robin Saha, Environmental Studies
  • Anita Santasier, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Lori Skyrud, Teaching and Learning
  • Bonnie  Spence, Teaching and Learning
  • Sechindra Vallury, Society and Conservation
  • Lucas Whitcher, Health Professions
  • Alissa White, Geosciences

  • Tisza Bell, Organismal Biology, Ecology, & Evolution
  • Kate Brayko, Teaching and Learning
  • Jaclyn Carson, Physical Therapy
  • Vicky Dreitz, Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
  • Ruth Hall, Forestry and Conservation
  • Sarah Halvorson, Geography
  • Joel Harper, Geosciences
  • Kins Loree, Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Anya McCarthy, Teaching and Learning
  • Tim Nichols, Davidson Honors College
  • Sarah O'Keefe, Geosciences
  • Gregory Peters, Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Kim Reiser, Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Anna Sala, Division of Biological Sciences
  • Caroline Stephens, Environmental Studies
  • Allison Wilson, Teaching and Learning
  • Kate Wilsterman, Division of Biological Sciences

  • Rebecca Bendick, Geosciences
  • Hayley Blackburn, Pharmacy Practice
  • Doug Brinkerhoff, Computer Science
  • Brian Chaffin, Forestry
  • Jennifer Corbin, Biological Sciences and Missoula College
  • Scott Debnam, Biological Sciences
  • Erick Greene, Biological Sciences
  • Jordan Gross, Law
  • Colleen Holmquist, Health Professions
  • Nathan Insel, Psychology
  • Jesse Johnson, Computer Science
  • Patty Kero, Educational Leadership
  • Kim Madson, Pharmacy Practice
  • Peter McDonough, Climate Change Studies, Environmental Studies, DHC
  • Ashley Meaux, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Jake Mischke, Physical Therapy
  • Gordy Pace, Public Administration
  • Micall Searles, TRIO
  • Janet Zupan, TRIO
  • Angela Bridgeman, Graduate Student, Public Administration
  • Rick Brown, Graduate Student, Mathematical Sciences
  • Kelly Franklin, Graduate Student, Systems Ecology
  • Gregory Friedman, Graduate Student, Teaching and Learning
  • Christina Gates, Graduate Student, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • El Knappe, Graduate Student, Geosciences
  • James Mouton, Graduate Student, Biological Sciences

  • Earle Adams, Chemistry
  • Sherrill Brown, Pharmacy Practice
  • Michael Cassens, Media Arts
  • Ginger Collins, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Rick Darnell, Mathematics
  • Kim Davis, Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
  • Audrey Elias, Physical Therapy
  • Lauren Fern, Mathematics
  • Amy Glaspey, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Phil Higuera, Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences
  • Nancy Hinman, Geosciences
  • Jennifer Johnson, Bitterroot College
  • Rosalyn LaPier, Environmental Studies
  • Kimber McKay, Anthropology
  • Kelly McKinnie, Mathematics
  • Lori Mitchell, Nursing
  • Chris Palmer, Chemistry
  • Pamela Peterson, Bitterroot College
  • Patrick Secor, Division of Biological Sciences
  • Erin Semmens, Public and Community Health
  • Monica Serban, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Meradeth Snow, Anthropology
  • Regina Souza, Mathematics
  • Katya Voronina, Division of Biological Sciences