P567: Art of teaching biochemistry: Mentoring ASERT post-doctoral fellows

Author: Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, Central New Mexico Community College, USA

Co-Author: Jayne Christen and Robert Taylor, University of New Mexico, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: HON 148

Related Symposium: S37

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.