Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology values teaching, which helps
students develop as teachers! Teaching and research are interchangeable
and indistinguishable. Research generates new information and teaching
passes knowledge on ... to be a good steward of any discipline
teaching, research and community service are integral and necessary.
developed the Vesalius Program to train graduate students in pedagogy
so they can learn the habits of mind commonly found in effective
educators. This program starts with a course, "Teaching in the
Biomedical Sciences", and thereafter students can apply this knowledge
in the classroom, while paired with a faculty mentor. Our faculty is
enthusiastic about and takes pride in their teaching; it is palpable
The Vesalius Program
This link describes the program.
Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology Web Site
Use this link to explore the Department's Teaching and Research missions.
Goals for Students
be able to replace their teachers some day! Our philosophy is that
every student receives some teaching training and some get much more,
depending on their desire.
a minimum: TA training and experience teaching in Neuroscience, Gross
Anatomy and Histology; TA evaluations by faculty and students; weekly
meetings during their teaching assistantships; and involvement
regarding class assessment.
opportunities: Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences course, lecturing,
review sessions, helping to develop new courses, seminar presentations
and small group facilitation.
participation in the CID has empowered our department to reach out to
other departments and universities. How successful will our
interdisciplinary research and teaching collaborations be?
Full Circle Mentoring continue to grow so that graduating students
always feel a connection to our department and become outstanding
Will our new Qualifying Exam be successful?
Will effective teaching in Neuroscience lead our graduates to satisfying career choices?
CID - Full circle mentoring
This link describes our departmental CID effort and the four core areas we are concentrating on.
How Do We Know?
Successful job placement
Recognition of teaching excellence via awards and grants
Student enthusiasm for teaching
TA Evaluation - Anatomy & Neurobiology
This is the form a Course Manager and/or faculty member uses to evaluate a graduate teaching assistant.
believe strongly that students want to learn and therefore we approach
teaching endeavors as serious intellectual challenges, as serious and
important as our research and service to the university. Teaching and
research are two halves of the same coin. Research generates new
information and teaching passes knowledge on to the next generation. We
must train students to become future colleagues with the knowledge that
they will be the scholars entrusted with the stewardship of our