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Sandra G. Devenny
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063-1094
Room Number: 2410
Phone: (610) 359-5246
I teach primarily biology courses for non-science majors (BIO 100 and BIO 102), Introduction to Microbiology (BIO 230) and General Microbiology (BIO 240). I started my career at Widener University but left to spend some time in research as a Research Associate at Yale Medical School and a Senior Development Scientist at Enzymatics, Inc., a small biotechnology company. I feel that my time working in both academic and industrial settings has provided me with background and insight to assist students not only in the classroom but also advising them in preparation for transfer and careers. I am the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant (Award #1741847) that provides scholarships for Engineering and Mathematics & Natural Sciences students. For more information about this amazing opportunity, please check out: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/stem/stars-scholarship
Theoretical Approach, Experience, and Temperament
My goals for my students are the following: 1) Meet the competencies outlined the syllabus so that they can use this course as a stepping stone within their higher education, 2) Develop critical thinking skills in order to utilize the content material in solving problems, 3) Identify learning strategies that will serve them well into the future, and 4) Apply biological concepts to their daily lives. I provide my students with a variety of learning tools and study strategies to assist them in meeting those goals. Once students have "learned how learn", countless doors open up before them. I continuely seek out new ways to improve my teaching methods to help my students. I have earned Temple University's Teaching in Higher Education Certificate and a Quality Matters Certificate for my BIO 100, Biological Sciences course. I was also a proud recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020.