Katie received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology PhD at UCLA, but during her graduate career she discovered her true passion for STEM education. Katie currently works with future faculty (graduate students and postdocs) interested in pedagogy across campus in several capacities; she is an instructor for the LS495 TA training course, the Communications Coordinator for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), and the Program Coordinator for the California Regional Collaborative and Aspire Internship Program, all of which are run out of CEILS. In her work with future faculty, Katie hopes to help instill the importance of inclusive and equitable teaching in her students and to stimulate passion and interest in the joys of teaching.
As a graduate student, Katie was involved in several of the programs she runs today. As a graduate student, she helped redevelop the TA training course for graduate students in her department and conducted a small Teaching as Research project on the effectiveness of these changes on TA use of pedagogical practices and confidence and self-efficacy as educators. She was also highly involved in CIRTL@UCLA, and became an official CIRTL Scholar by presenting this work at several conferences. Due in part to her work with future faculty, she was also awarded the 2019 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Assistant award. In addition, she was the inaugural Aspire2Lead intern. As an Aspire2Lead intern she was able to participate in several conferences with 2-year college faculty across the state and meet many of the members of the Southern California collaborative, with whom she is excited to continue working with!