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Conference Archive

Each year, BioTAP hosts a Virtual Conference that features individuals presenting research related to GTA or undergraduate teaching professional development. Conference presentations and notes from past years are available here.

2020 Virtual Conference

Monday, October 26, Noon – 4:15 PM Eastern Time

Conference talk recordings!

Time stamps for the talks on the recording:

  • 0.00 Introduction

  • :20 (20 minutes) Wheeler

  • 1:08 Ojeda-Ramirez

  • 1:18 Dewey

  • 1:40 Wiggins

  • 2:00 Gawargi

  • 2:10 Lichti

  • 2:31 Sbeglia

  • 2:52 Reid

  • 3:12 Hammarlund

BioTAP 2020 Virtual Conference Abstracts


Noon – 12:20 EST

Introduction to the Conference and BioTAP

12:20 – 1:10 EST

Conference Keynote

Networking for Change: Improving Teaching Professional Development Through Connections, Collaboration, and Community, Lindsay Wheeler (University of Virginia)


1:10 – 1:20 EST

On the Evolution of Biology GTA Training: Population Growth and Program Development, Stephanie Gutzler and Matthew Nusnbaum (Georgia State University)


1:20 – 1:30 EST

Describing the Lack of Effective Professional Development in Biology GTAs. An Exploratory Study. Santiago Ojeda Ramirez, Stephanie Toro, Catalina Arias Zuluaga (Universidad de los Andes)


*BREAK (get a snack, walk around, come back!)


1:45 – 2:05 EST

Curriculum-linked Professional Development and Higher Cognitive Demand of Curricular Tasks Elevate Teaching Assistants’ Teaching Practices, Jessica Dewey, Jenna Hicks, Michael Abebe, Maxwell Kramer, Anita Schuchardt (University of Minnesota)


2:05 – 2:25 EST

Community, Direct Feedback, and Cheerleading: Three Practices Identified by Graduate Trainees as Especially Useful in Taking Up Inclusive Teaching Methods, Ben Wiggins (University of Washington), Becca Price (UW-Bothell), Shelley Stromholt (University of Washington), Richard Gardner (University of Washington)


2:25 – 2:35 EST

The “See One, Do One, Teach One” Strategy to Prepare TAs in Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: The Design and Testing of RNA Therapeutics to Block COVID-19, Flobater Gawargi and Martin Hicks (Monmouth University)


2:35 – 2:55 EST

Unraveling the Failure Mindset for Teaching Assistants and Undergraduate Students in Introductory Biology and Chemistry, Deborah A. Lichti (University of Delaware)


*BREAK (get a snack, walk around, come back!)


3:10 – 3:30 EST

Seeing Equity in Education (SEE): First Steps Towards the Development of the SEE Instrument, Gena Sbeglia and Ross H. Nehm (Stony Brook University)


3:30 – 3:50     EST   

What Do TA Teaching Perspectives Say About Their Views of Teaching and Learning? Joshua Reid (Middle Tennessee State University) and Emily Weigel (Georgia Institute of Technology)


3:50 – 4:10 EST       

Ecological Belonging Interventions Can Eliminate Performance Gaps, But Instructor Mindset Matters, Sarah Hammarlund (University of Minnesota), Cheryl Scott (University of Minnesota), Kevin Binning (University of Pittsburgh), Sehoya Cotner (University of Minnesota)


4:10 – 4:15 EST


2020 Virtual Conference

2019 Virtual Conference

Tuesday, November 19, Noon – 4:25 PM EST

Recordings of conference presentations can be found here:


Timestamps for each talk (Austin and Offerdahl talks are not in the recordings because the data cannot be shared at this time):

0 Beth

18:20 Cassie Mattox

38:00 Melody Danley

47:48 Zeynab Badreddine

57:30 Joshua Reid

1:17:00  Hillary Barron 

1:26:28 Elaine Klein

1:36:00 Frank Castelli

1:46:50 Emily Royse

1:56:00 Matthew Simon



BioTAP 2019 Virtual Conference Abstracts

Noon – 12:20

Introduction to the Conference and BioTAP


12:20 – 12:40        

The Prism Model: A Novel Approach to Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTAs’) Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) Professional Development, Cassie Mattox*, Nova Southeastern University (currently at Maryville University)


12:40 – 12:50      

Feedback Hit or Miss: Biology Graduate Students Teaching Scientific Writing Skills to Undergraduates, Melody Danley*, Sheyanne Trent, and Trey Grant, University of Kentucky


12:50 – 1:00

Procedure vs. Meaning: Capturing Lab GTAs Interactions With Students Iin Video Recordings, Iglika Pavlova, Zeynab Badreddine*, and Meg Horton*, UNC Greensboro


1:00 – 1:45           Conference Keynote 

Networking for Change: Improving Teaching Professional Development Through Connections, Collaboration, and Community

Ann Austin, Michigan State University


1:45 – 2:05

A Comparison of Biology Graduate Students Teaching and Research Professional Networks, Joshua Reid* and Grant Gardner, Middle Tennessee State University


2:05 – 2:15

Innovations in Inclusive Practices: Training Biology Teaching Assistants in Culturally Responsive Science Teaching, Hillary Barron* (University of Minnesota), Julie Brown (University of Florida), and Sehoya Cotner (University of Minnesota)


2:15 – 2:45

BREAK (get a snack, walk around, come back!)


2:45 – 3:30

Conference Keynote

Building capacity for GTA pedagogical professional development: The role of communities of practice

Erika Offerdahl, Washington State University


3:30 – 3:40

The Science Teaching Experience Program for Upcoming PhDs (STEP-UP): Designing for Effective & Inclusive Instructors, Elaine Klein*, (University of Washington-Seattle) Ben Wiggins (University of Washington-Seattle), Rebecca Price (UW-Bothell), and Rich Gardner (University of Washington-Seattle)


3:40 – 3:50

What GTAs Anticipate to be the Long-term Costs and Benefits of an Intro Bio Lab Assistantship with TPD, Frank R. Castelli* and Mark A. Sarvary, Cornell University    


3:50 – 4:00

Can Graduate Students Use Concept Inventories Too?:  A Case Study with the Homeostasis Concept Inventory, Emily Royse*, Alexandra A. Vita, Nicholas A. Pullen, and Emily A. Holt, University of Northern Colorado


4:00 – 4:20          

Examining the Impact of Responsive Teaching PD for Biology TAs, Matthew Simon* and Julia Gouvea, Tufts University


4:20 – 4:25

Conference Wrap-up

2019 Virtual Conference

2018 Virtual Conference

On Monday, October 29, 2018, BioTAP held an online “Virtual” Conference!

Talk recordings can be found at this link:

Time stamps for speakers:

  • 0:00 Mark Connolly

  • 43 min Nancy Pelaez

  • 1:02 Linda Fuselier

  • 1:22 Christopher Trimby

  • 1:41 Emma Goodwin

  • 1:59 Adam Chouinard

  • 2:18 Francesca Williamson

  • 2:26 Ash Heim

  • 2:36 Beth Schussler

Check out the talks: BioTAP 2018 Virtual Conference Abstracts.

Conference schedule:

Noon – 12:05



12:05 – 12:50

Conference Keynote – 30-minute presentation; 10-minute discussion

Building a Better Future STEM Faculty: How Teaching Development Programs can Improve Undergraduate STEM Education

Mark Connolly (, University of Wisconsin, Madison


12:50 – 4:00

Invited and Submitted Presentations (*BioTAP Scholars); 13 minutes for presentation; 5 minutes for discussion


12:50 – 1:10

The Impact of a Pedagogy Course on the Teaching Beliefs of Inexperienced Graduate Teaching Assistants

Star Lee* (, University of California, Riverside


1:10 – 1:30

Exploring Biological Evidence by Training Lab Instructors to Focus on Theory Understanding and Theory Application when Undergraduate Students Test the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Model with Zebrafish

Nancy Pelaez (, Chaonan Liu, Ala Samarapungavan, Kari Clase, Stephanie Gardner, Shiyao Liu, Soo Won Shim, and Sharleen Flowers, Purdue University


1:30 – 1:50

Characterizing GTA Epistemic Beliefs in Science as a Social Endeavor

Linda Fuselier* (, Justin McFadden, and Kat Ray-King, University of Louisville


1:50 – 2:10

Impact of a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training Program on GTA Approaches, Self-efficacy, and Knowledge of Student-centered Learning

Heather Vance-Chalcraft* (, East Carolina University


2:10 – 2:30

BREAK (get a sip of water, walk around, come back!)


2:30 – 2:50

Assessment of the Teaching Fellows Program and its Impacts

Christopher Trimby* (, University of Delaware, and Cara Theisen and Janet Branchaw, University of Wisconsin, Madison


2:50 – 3:10

Catching the Wave: Are Biology Graduate Students on Board with Evidence-Based Teaching?

Emma C. Goodwin ( and Erin E. Shortlidge*, Portland State University


3:10 – 3:30

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training and Development at Oregon State University

Adam Chouinard* (, Oregon State University


3:30 – 3:50 Lightning Talks! (5 minute talks with 2 minutes of questions)

Graduate Women in STEM Teaching Fellows Program

Francesca Williamson ( and Kerri Donohue, Indiana University

Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTAs) Perceptions of Introductory Biology Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs)

Ash Heim (, University of Northern Colorado


3:50 – 4:00

Closing and BioTAP Chat

Building Capacity for Research on GTA Teaching Professional Development: BioTAP in Action

Grant Gardner, Gili Marbach-Ad, Kristen Miller, Judith Ridgway, and Beth Schussler (

2018 Virtual Conference
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