The Life Sciences program has been undergoing extensive revision since January 2009. This has included new courses, the introduction of Life Sciences thesis courses, and the implementation of experiential learning into the program. This is a program that is still evolving.
In 2012 through 2013, the Life Sciences Program underwent an external review. As Associate Director of the program, I contributed greatly to the document that went forth to the external reviewers.
In Response to the external review, I spearheaded the committee that lead to pilot lab courses offered in the Spring of 2013. These courses will be taught in a modified format in future years through a mutually beneficial collaboration with the Department of Biology.
In Winter 2014, I worked with Life Sciences teaching faculty and the MIIETL (McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning) to assess program Learning Outcomes in alignment with the Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLEs) within the program.
In Winter 2015, I was a member of the Dean of Science’s Working Group to explore program learning outcomes and revise the curriculum to include more required, discovery-based lab courses, an emphasis on science communication, and explore opportunities for experiential learning. Proposed curriculum start: Fall 2016.
Spring 2015 to present, I am a member of a Working Group whose mandate is to develop new undergraduate research space which will house new required Life Sciences lab courses as well as other interdisciplinary lab courses in the School of Interdisciplinary Sciences.