Sarah is a research associate in the Center for STEM Learning at CU Boulder. Her work focuses on supporting improvements to the ways in which teaching is evaluated at CU. Towards this end, she facilitates small working groups within multiple departments across CU as they work to make concrete improvements to their departmental teaching evaluation process and/or the tools they use to evaluate teaching. Her research interests include comparing the process of change across departments from different disciplinary domains and documenting the impact of the Teaching Quality Framework initiative.
Sarah earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Clemson University in 2003 and her Ph.D in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2014. Half of her dissertation research was education-based and focused on transformation of an introductory soil science course to a studio-style, student-centered active learning environment. From 2016 to 2018 Sarah was a postdoctoral research associate at UNH, working with Dr. Melissa Aikens on understanding undergraduate life science majors’ attitudes toward the use of mathematics in their biology courses.