What I teach: I am the course coordinator and instructor for Human Anatomy and Physiology – HTH SCI 1H06.
My educational and career background: I graduated from the University of Guelph BSc program in Biomedical Sciences. I later completed my PhD at McMaster University. During my PhD I studied the electrophysiological properties of smooth muscle to better understand the mechanisms contributing to obstructive airway diseases such as asthma. I then attended the University of Toronto to conduct post-doctoral research. The aim of that research was to better understand the mechanisms contributing to cardiovascular disease (hypertension & heart failure). I am currently a full time faculty member of the McMaster School of Nursing. I teach undergraduate students in several streams: BScN basic, BScN accelerated, and RPN-BScN. I also teach at the graduate level in the Ontario Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Program. Past and present courses include Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Statistics.
My philosophy of teaching and learning: Lifelong learning is a critical component for continued success in all nursing professions. To become a lifelong learner, one must have a passion for inquiry that goes beyond the classroom. I believe that students learn best when they are encouraged to work to their highest potential in a learning environment that is open and inclusive. I strive to challenge students by setting high learning expectations and work to create a learning environment where students feel free to share their ideas, ask questions, and explore differing opinions. While I can provide the environment and tools necessary to assist in your learning, it is up to you to put in the effort, it is up to you to ask the questions, and it is up to you to make the most of your journey in undergraduate education.
Advice for students: 1) Come to class. By not attending lecture you will be missing out on an important learning opportunity. Some of our lectures include live demonstrations of concepts that can only benefit you if you are part of the experience. 2) Study with a partner or in a small group. The best way to understand what content/concepts you know well (and by virtue what you do not know well) is by discussing or explaining these concepts to your peers. By exclusively studying alone you may fail to recognize where the gaps in your learning exist. 3) Ask questions. If anything is unclear, do not hesitate to ask. You may ask faculty, academic advisors, your TA’s, peers, etc. How can you learn if you do not ask questions? 4) Seek help if you need assistance. Do not suffer in silence as many of us are prone to do. Seek help. You may start with your faculty and/or academic advisors. If we cannot assist you, we can always point you to someone who can.