Dr. Lori J. Kayes
Course Coordinator and Instructor
Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Biology Program)
Oregon State University
Contact Information Courses Current Research Course Coordination Select Publications Grants CV Students
I am currently the Course Coordinator for Bi21x at Oregon State University. I oversee all aspects of the instruction of Principles of Biology (BI21x), the life-science majors introductory biology course. Some of my responsibilities include: preparing curricular materials, including the course laboratory manual; organizing and leading weekly GTA preparation sessions; mentoring GTAs in teaching; assist with GTA professional development program; teaching the undergraduate teaching intern (UTI) course that accompanies BI 21X; preparing and delivering lectures in BI213; designing and preparing Mastering Biology and laboratory assignment; preparing grading rubrics for GTAs; proofing and administring exams; compiling and managing grades; managing course Blackboard sites; developing and maintaining course policies; overseeing the Bi21x prep staff; and maintaining biology facilities and supplies.
Biology Education Research/Best Practices in Teaching
I am interested in the way that we teach large lecture (500+) course and the challenges associate with our growing student body. We have been examining the effectiveness of implementation of evidence-based teaching practices in large lecture classes. Some examples of this work and others:
1) With Krissi Hewitt (College of Education, Science College Teaching), we have been assessing the effectiveness of implementing inquiry-based and issues-based curriculum into lower-division biology laboratories with interest in student engagement and motivation.
2) With the Northwest Biosciences Consortium, we received an NSF – Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education grant with faculty from 6 different undergraduate institution across the Willamette Valley to work towards the implementation and integration of the AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education across a board spectrum of institution types in the Pacific Northwest. With this grant, we will create and expand the Northwest Biosciences Consortium to create a regional database of instructional, assessment, and pedagogical information.
3) As part of Oregon State's NSF WIDER grant (PI Milo Koretsky) together with Devon Quick and Dennis Bennet, we aim to increase the use of peer teaching to facilitate active learning activities in the large lecture. To accomplish this we are developing a Learning Assistant program to train successful undergraduate in peer facilitation and utilize them in our classroom.
4) Together with Robert Mason and Jessica White, we run a GTA development seminar to train the 29 GTAs (from Integrative Biology and many other departments across campus) per term that teach in our course about best practices in teaching. Additionally, the Department of Integrative Biology , specifically Devon Quick and Tim Pusack, have developed an Advanced GTA training for Integrative Biology GTAs that teach in our two anatomy and physiology sequences as part of the NSF WIDER grant.
Forest Ecology Research
I am interested in how land management and anthropogenic based change effects native vegetation and plant communities. Specifically, I am interested in how communities and speices change due to disturbance (fire and insect outbreaks). I am also incorporating a study of invasive species removal effects on plant communities into our BI21x lab curriculum.
Office: 117 Weniger Hall
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University
3029 Cordley Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Bi211 - I coordinate the fall and summer Bi211
Bi212 - I coordinate the fall and summer Bi212
Bi213 - I coordinate and co-instruct the spring Bi213 and coordinate the summer Bi213
Bi405 - I instruct the BI405 - BI21x Undergraduate Teaching Internship
BI507 - I assist with the planning of the GTA Teaching Professional Development Program that is associated with this course