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BioTAP Conference

2019 Conference

Due to the success of the 2018 Virtual Conference (see below), BioTAP is planning for its second annual virtual conference. Day and time TBD, but planning for late October or early November.

As before, the conference will be held via Zoom, which will allow folks to join and leave the conference as their schedule permits.

We are inviting submissions for researchers to present their research on graduate teaching assistant teaching professional development. Depending on the number of submissions, these may be traditional 15 minute talks or lightning talks. The deadline for submissions is September 23, 2019, with notification the week of September 30, 2019. The application is below:
Presenter application


2018 Conference

On Monday, October 29, 2018, BioTAP held an online “Virtual” Conference!

Talk recordings can be found at this link:

Time stamps for speakers:

  • 0:00 Mark Connolly
  • 43 min Nancy Pelaez
  • 1:02 Linda Fuselier
  • 1:22 Christopher Trimby
  • 1:41 Emma Goodwin
  • 1:59 Adam Chouinard
  • 2:18 Francesca Williamson
  • 2:26 Ash Heim
  • 2:36 Beth Schussler

Check out the talks: BioTAP 2018 Virtual Conference Abstracts.

Conference schedule:

Noon – 12:05       Welcome!


12:05 – 12:50          Conference Keynote – 30-minute presentation; 10-minute discussion

Building a Better Future STEM Faculty: How Teaching Development Programs can Improve Undergraduate STEM Education

Mark Connolly (, University of Wisconsin, Madison


12:50 – 4:00         Invited and Submitted Presentations (*BioTAP Scholars); 13 minutes for presentation; 5 minutes for discussion


12:50 – 1:10

The Impact of a Pedagogy Course on the Teaching Beliefs of Inexperienced Graduate Teaching Assistants

Star Lee* (, University of California, Riverside


1:10 – 1:30

Exploring Biological Evidence by Training Lab Instructors to Focus on Theory Understanding and Theory Application when Undergraduate Students Test the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Model with Zebrafish

Nancy Pelaez (, Chaonan Liu, Ala Samarapungavan, Kari Clase, Stephanie Gardner, Shiyao Liu, Soo Won Shim, and Sharleen Flowers, Purdue University


1:30 – 1:50

Characterizing GTA Epistemic Beliefs in Science as a Social Endeavor

Linda Fuselier* (, Justin McFadden, and Kat Ray-King, University of Louisville


1:50 – 2:10

Impact of a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training Program on GTA Approaches, Self-efficacy, and Knowledge of Student-centered Learning

Heather Vance-Chalcraft* (, East Carolina University


2:10 – 2:30  BREAK (get a sip of water, walk around, come back!)


2:30 – 2:50

Assessment of the Teaching Fellows Program and its Impacts

Christopher Trimby* (, University of Delaware, and Cara Theisen and Janet Branchaw, University of Wisconsin, Madison


2:50 – 3:10

Catching the Wave: Are Biology Graduate Students on Board with Evidence-Based Teaching?

Emma C. Goodwin ( and Erin E. Shortlidge*, Portland State University


3:10 – 3:30

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training and Development at Oregon State University

Adam Chouinard* (, Oregon State University


3:30 – 3:50 Lightning Talks! (5 minute talks with 2 minutes of questions)

Graduate Women in STEM Teaching Fellows Program

Francesca Williamson ( and Kerri Donohue, Indiana University

Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTAs) Perceptions of Introductory Biology Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

Ash Heim (, University of Northern Colorado


3:50 – 4:00           Closing and BioTAP Chat

Building Capacity for Research on GTA Teaching Professional Development: BioTAP in Action

Grant Gardner, Gili Marbach-Ad, Kristen Miller, Judith Ridgway, and Beth Schussler (