Assistant Professor 204 Waters Annex
Manhattan KS 66506
Phone: (785) 532-4729
Fax: (785) 532-6232
Area(s) of Specialization:
Integrated Pest Management
Web-Based Decision Support Systems
EducationB.S. Biology, Luther College, Decorah IA, 1998
M.S. Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, 2002
Ph.D. Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, 2007
When using modern pedagogical methods where group learning is practiced, I believe there must always be individual accountability as well as evaluation of the group itself. The characteristic that sets me apart from other teachers is my ability to balance cooperative and active learning techniques in the classroom. Group and individual critical thinking skills are challenged through the use of interactive webtools (diigo.com, wetpaint.com, twitter.com, blogspot.com, etc.). I feel these types of exercises encourage good teamwork skills and group processing and provide positive interdependence. As an instructor, it is my responsibility to help each student apply acquired knowledge to new situations, develop practical skills, practice successful time management, and develop good communication skills (e.g., "IPD Manhattan" overview and class website).
• Big 12 Faculty Fellowship 2009: managing aphids with biological principles and interactive, web-based technologies.
- Insect Pest Diagnosis [ENTOM 612]
- Experience in Extension Entomology [ENTOM 815]