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BioTAP Conference


On October 29, 2018, BioTAP will hold an online “Virtual” Conference!

The conference will be held via the Zoom platform, from Noon – 4:00 PM EST.

The zoom link for the conference will be posted here on Monday, October 22. We welcome all who are interested in Graduate Teaching Assistant Professional Development for Teaching to attend!


Draft 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 Peleaz, 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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