Enthusiasm is contagious! I believe this statement holds true for my style of teaching. The natural world can captivate us and evoke our innately human inquisitiveness. I seek to facilitate students’ advancement of knowledge of the natural world by encouraging reasoned thought, and by including active learning techniques and hands on experience in the field, laboratory, and classroom.
My teaching experiences are rooted in the United States, Fiji, Canada, and Romania. I have instructed audiences of varying ages, educational backgrounds and cultures. Through these experiences, I have come to believe that my teaching is fluid; it’s constantly evolving based on the learner’s experience, the cultural and social norms of the situation, and by adapting to the constant advancement of science and learning technologies.
In September 2014, I was presented with the Simon Fraser Biology Department Teaching Assistant Award. Nominated by my Insect Ecology (BISC 317) students for “knowledgable, competent, and dedicated teaching”. I am honored to receive such an award! The most rewarding part of teaching this class is watching my students eyes open wide as they learn about and grow to enjoy insects. In the beginning, many of my students’ wear gloves to dissect a locust or hesitate to go after a dragonfly with their insect net, but in no time, all bets are off! …Gloves are thrown aside, innocent bystanders are trampled in order to catch “another Order for my collection”, and excited outbursts abound, such as (one of my favorites), “WAIT… aphids can photosynthesize!? Tell me more!”. For me, teaching isn’t just teaching, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. Thank you, 317, for teaching me to be a teacher. Many thinks to everyone!!
2016-2017 Lab Coordinator and Instructor
Ohio University- Introductory Biology (1-credit course, approx. 700 students)
Instruct, coordinate, oversee, schedule, and prepare 32 lab sections with 24 teaching assistants (TAs), and 5-6 lecturers. Edit, revise, write and teach cellular, molecular, organismal anatomy, ecological, and evolutionary lab methods. (In total I have designed and executed 5 entire labs, and created a lab manual for use in BIOS 1715.) Coordinate between lab and lecture. Train, supervise, mentor, and evaluate Teaching Assistants. Prep, organize, and conduct weekly meetings with Teaching Assistants. Reasonable for safety compliance (Intro Bio personnel and students).
Fall 2011, ‘12, ’13 & ‘14 Lead Lab Instructor
Simon Fraser University- Insect Biology Lab (3-credit course, approx. 50 students).
Designed, lectured, and lead laboratory exercises, composed and supervised exams. Taught methods of composing posters and evaluated student performance in poster projects. Taught methods of collection and curating insects. Graded students.
2005 Teaching Assistant
SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry- Elements of Entomology (3-credit course, approx. 50 students, instructor: Dr. S. A. Teale).
Designed and supervised laboratory, field exercises, and composed exams. Graded insect collections and papers.
2003 – 2005 Instructor
U.S. Peace Corps- Rain Forest Eco-tourism and Marine Protected Areas: from the bottom up (public education; 500+ participants).
Identified stakeholders. Networked villages, stakeholders, government offices and outside interests. Taught local community members how to identify terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Designed and implemented transect surveys.
2003 – 2005 Biology Teacher
Savusavu Secondary School- Biology and Chemistry (grades 9-12; 200+ students)
2002 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
SUNY Oneonta- Entomology (3-credit course, approx. 50 students, instructor: Dr. W. Harman). Supervised laboratory, exercises and reports, and graded exams.
2016-2017 PACE (Program to Aid Career Exploration), Ohio University. Part-time supervision of 1 student (Ayden Wilson) in fly pollinator research: Research Design, Research Technique, and Research Reporting.
2013-14 Undergraduate Independent Study Semester, Simon Fraser University. Full-time supervision of two students (Warren Wong and Courtney Eichorn) in three 5-credit courses: Research Design, Research Technique, and Research Reporting.
2012-15 NSERC Undergraduate Research Assistant, full-time student employees (Maia Smith, Jennifer Avery, and Asim Renyard).
2012-14 Undergraduate Research. Simon Fraser University. Part-time supervision of 3 students (Alysha Martins, Courtney Eichorn, and Arlan Benn) in 3-credit research course: Research Design, Research Technique, and Research Reporting
2011-16 Volunteer Research Assistants, part-time supervision of six students [Faraz Chattha (High School), Tamara Gubash (Simon Fraser University- Graduate), Jason Lawrence (Simon Fraser University- Undergraduate), Courtney Eichorn (Simon Fraser University- Undergraduate), Steven Ogilvie (Simon Fraser University- Undergraduate) and Ayden Wilson (Ohio University-Undergraduate].
OUTREACH AND WORKSHOPS
Miller, S., and B.S. Brodie. Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Workshop, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (26 August 2016)
Brodie, B.S. and Wilson, A. Bug Jobs! Earth Day Celebration at Morrison-Gorden Elementary School Land Lab, Athens, Ohio, USA (April 22, 2016)
Brodie, B.S. and Popescu, D.V. Ecology of Longhorn beetles in a traditionally maintained landscape. Evaluarea Integrata a Starii Mediului (Integrated Environment Assessment), University of Bucharest, Iron Gates Natural Park, Romania (June 4, 2015)
Brodie, B.S. Multi-modal foraging and communication pathways of blow flies. – 3 Minute Thesis, friendly event with University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University winners at Tapestry Retirement Community, Vancouver, BC (April 11, 2014)
Brodie, B.S. Ox-eye daisies allure pollen-seeking blow flies, Lucilia sericata, with visual and semiochemical Cues- Think Again Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (March 24, 2014)
Brodie, B.S. Aspiring to be a Role-Model: Mother, Scientist, Mentor, Teacher, and Expatriate. Outreach Blog at http://www.bekkabrodie.com (Since January 2014)
Brodie, B.S. Science Spooktacular, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (October 2013 and 2014)
Brodie, B.S. Beekeeping. Sustainable Income Generating Projects, United States Peace Corps, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji Islands (September 2004)
Brodie, B.S. Learning adventures in environmental and agricultural quality. SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY (June through August, 2000 – 2002)