TEAM

Adena Calden

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Brokk Toggerson

Brokk Toggerson is a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Although his Ph.D. is in experimental high-energy physics, Brokk has been focusing on physics education since 2013.

Dr. Toggerson’s interests include Team-Based Learning (TBL), Introductory Physics for Life-Science Students (IPLS), Open-Education Resources (OER), exposing graduate and undergraduate physics students to scholarship of education,exploring disciplinary cultural differences as perceived by both instructors and students, leveraging these differences as a vehicle for discussing and promoting equity and inclusion in science and society, researching classroom techniques and pedagogies for their impact on equity. Current emphases on self-efficacy, attitude, and classroom engagement.

Caleb Rounds

Dr. Rounds has been a lecturer at UMass Amherst since 2013 teaching in the department of biology. His research training is in biochemistry and cell biology. He is now focused on improving the educational experience for STEM students. His main focus is on active learning in biology: he likes to push students to think about biological problems as opportunities for critical thinking. He also pushes students to work effectively in teams to answer difficult questions. That is after all what everyone does in the workplace.

Lara Al-Hariri

Lara Al-Hariri is a Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a background in materials, surface treatment, and polymer science. She is an education-focused and a passionate advocate for diversity in the STEM field.

Al-Hariri has a keen interest in creating a learning experience that supports students in developing transferable skills like problem-solving, self-regulating, and metacognition skills. She creates a welcoming learning environment and uses the best inclusive teaching practices in a field that still suffers from a lack of diversity. She is interested in developing and disseminating innovative, evidence-based teaching methods.