B.S. Environmental Science, University of California at Riverside, 1987
M.S. Soil Science, North Carolina State University, 1991
Ph.D., Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, 1997
Lecturer, Depts. of Botany/Microbiology and Zoology, University of Oklahoma (1997-2001)
Assistant Professor, Departments of Botany-Microbiology and Zoology, University of Oklahoma (since 2001)
Academic and/or Research Interests:
When I finished my Ph.D. degree, I thought I would be doing research for the rest of my life. But through a series of happy accidents, I began to teach a nonmajors course in biology. The classroom is where I found my true calling. At the University of Oklahoma I teach Concepts in Biology (a nonmajors, general education course with a lab) almost every semester. At various times, I also teach Introduction to Microbiology, General Mycology, Contemporary Issues in Biology (an online, general education course without a lab), and zoology senior capstone courses on biological terrorism and genetically modified foods.
I also love to write, and I have been a McGraw-Hill textbook author for several years. I began as a co-author on Ricki Lewis' Life (4th, 5th, and 6th editions) but recently came out with my own textbook (Hoefnagels Biology: Concepts and Investigations; 2009). I have also published papers on teaching experimental design to nonmajors and on the use of Calibrated Peer Review in the classroom, along with numerous workshop proceedings in ABLE's Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. I have also written numerous articles for Labstracts since 2003. Between teaching and writing, it seems I am thinking about students pretty much all the time.
Presented major workshops in 2004, 2005, and 2007 (another has been accepted for 2008)
Presented mini-workshops in 2003 and 2006
Labstracts editor from 2003-2006
Managing editor of ABLE website, 2006-2007
I belong to several professional organizations, but ABLE is my favorite. I love the workshop format, and it's a small enough organization that it's easy to get to know people. The personal contacts I have made in ABLE have helped me immensely. My ABLE colleagues have helped me design labs and acquire classroom materials. They also enjoy talking about students and classes, and I have learned a lot from them. It is time for me to show my support for ABLE by volunteering to serve as member-at-large.
What can I do for ABLE? I can bring the perspective of a long-time teacher of biology lectures and labs; I can also bring the perspective of a textbook author. I am meticulous and organized, and I know I would enjoy the duties of being a member-at-large, which include evaluating workshop and grant proposals and looking toward the future of ABLE. My previous experience on the board has taught me what to expect, so I can contribute immediately to ABLE's mission.