HEATHER SEITZ

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Heather Seitz has taught for thirteen years in the community college environment. Heather currently teaches cell biology, microbiology, and biotechnology in both traditional and online environments.  Her educational research focus is on assessment in online learning and engaging non-traditional students in an online classroom. She is dedicated to providing students with course-based undergraduate research experiences through the Tiny Earth Network and the Cell Biology Education Consortium. Heather has led NSF funded projects to increase participation of community college faculty in Discipline Based Education Research and has worked to create a network of life sciences faculty dedicated to equitable and reliable assessment items. Through work with the Quantitative Biology at Community College network, Heather has helped faculty develop curriculum to introduce quantitative skills into life science courses. Through the management of the Microbiology for Health Sciences Concept Inventory (MHSCI) network, Heather has helped faculty deliver this concept inventory. As a PULSE leadership fellow, Dr. Seitz has been involved in numerous projects to effect change in undergraduate life sciences education at the departmental level.  She has worked within PULSE’s regional network framework to form communities of practice across institution types to improve life science education.  As an editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education Tips and Tools section she has helped to engage a community of educators in developing best practices that are easy to implement in the classroom.  Finally, as a first-generation college student Dr. Seitz is always mindful of the impact educational interventions can have on student success.

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