P567: Art of teaching biochemistry: Mentoring ASERT post-doctoral fellows
As part of the Academic Science Education and Research Training program (funded by the National Institutes of Health) at the University of New Mexico, an experienced instructor (Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh) at Central New Mexico Community College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, mentored two post-doctoral fellows (Jayne Christen and Robert Taylor) in the art of teaching an Organic and Biochemistry 1-semester class to first and second year undergraduate students. The mentoring process spanned an academic year (from Summer 2013-Spring 2014). Both the experienced instructor and mentees taught the course for the first time in Spring 2014. Innovative strategies for pedagogy and assessment were a substantial focus for the collaboration and will be presented. The perspectives of both the mentor and mentees, in addition to lessons learned and education research experiences, will also be shared.