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BioTAP 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 (


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