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Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cell biology
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  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
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College professor with 40+ years experience and teaching awards to tutor students in biology

Methodology

I specialize in one-on-one and small group student-centered active learning. I have learned through experience that when students discover for themselves and can help each other learn, they understand the material much more and can apply it to new situations.

Background

40+ years teaching biology to students at Cornell University. I have taught over 4,000 students, many of whom have gone on to careers in biology and medicine. I have won numerous teaching awards, especially for my work with under-prepared students

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Rate for online lessons : $30/h
Lessons offered by Allen
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
Levels
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • College
  • Adult Education
  • Sophomore

Allen's resume

EDUCATION
Master of Arts August 1977
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Graduate Field: Science Education
Concentration: Biology Education
Courses: Educational Psychology Our Physical Environment
Field Natural History Science Education Methods
Certification: Permanent Certification, New York State K-12 General & Science Education

Bachelor of Science June 1974
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Majors: Biological Sciences and Natural Resources Conservation
Minor: Environmental Analysis
Courses: Atmospheric Sciences Mammalogy
Behavioral Ecology Neurobiology and Behavior
Biochemistry Organic Chemistry
Forest Ecology Soil Science
General Ecology Vertebrate Ethology
General Physics Vertebrate Zoology
Genetics Wildlife Conservation
Distinctions: • Dean’s List, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (six semesters);
• Founder, Ecology House / Hurlburt Residential College
• Convenor, Ecology House Steering Committee; and
• Chairperson, Cornell Senate Committee on Educational Innovation.

EXPERIENCE
Senior Lecturer in Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Period: January 1976 to June 2016 (retired on 30 June 2016)
Supervisor: Elise West, PhD, Director (retired)
The Learning Strategies Center
420 Computing and Communications Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, 14853
(concealed information)
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Organize and teach introductory biology courses;
• Organize and provide academic support for introductory biology courses;
• Train graduate teaching assistants for biology courses using video recall;
• Train study group leaders for introductory biology courses using
student-centered active learning techniques; and
• Advise, counsel, and mentor students in biology and related disciplines.
Distinctions: • Faculty Fellow of the Year Award, National Residence Hall Honorary (2016);
• Finalist, Stephen H. Weiss Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching at Cornell (2016);
• Finalist, Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award at Cornell University (2014);
• Honorary Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, Cornell University
• Faculty Fellow, Ecology House / The Hurlburt Residential College, Cornell University
• Special Service Award, "For Dedicated Service to Students of Biological Science (1988);
• Clark Award for Outstanding Teaching at Cornell University (1987).

Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Period: June 2003 to August 2018
Supervisor: Nelson Hairston
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
E305 Corson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, 14853
(concealed information)
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Organize and teach evolution courses for non-science majors;
• Identify and select teaching assistants for non-majors evolution courses; and
• Advise and counsel students in evolution and related disciplines.

Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Psychology
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Period: July 2009
Supervisor: Catherine S. Penner, Director
Cornell Adult University
626 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, New York, 14850
(concealed information)
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Organize and teach evolutionary psychology for Cornell Adult University and
• Evaluate effectiveness of CAU summer course content and presentation.

Faculty Fellow, Hurlburt Residential College for Environmental Education and Awareness
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Period: September 1988 to May, 2018
Supervisor: Ethan Stephenson, Associate Director
North Campus Faculty Programs
Office of the Provost for Undergraduate Education
3327 South Balch Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(concealed information)
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Organize and supervise intensive field trip for Ecology House residents at
Oswegatchie field station in Adirondack forest preserve;
• Organize and lead field trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Pennsylvania;
• Organize and lead field trip to American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY;
• Organize and lead enrichment seminars for students at Ecology House; and
• Work with resident director and staff to develop programs for residents.
Distinctions: • Faculty Fellow of the Year Award, National Residence Hall Honorary (2016)

Vice-President for Academics / Chief Academic Officer
LearningRefined.com, LLC
Ithaca, New York
Period: October 2000 to December 2005
Supervisor: Leah Cynara Cook, President/Chief Executive Officer
LearningRefined.com, LLC
1132 Perry City Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
(concealed information)
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Design and implement Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement;
• Develop comprehensive business plan and financial analysis for LR operations;
• Work with CEO to obtain venture capital funding to support operations;
• Work with technical staff to design and implement website;
• Design and implement online learning resources for LearningRefined.com;
• Design and implement Courses, Knowledge Center, and Lecture Notes;
• Locate and evaluate online resources for linkage to LR Knowledge Center;
• Monitor online lecture notes and other course materials for content and quality;
• Work with Supervising Editor to develop quality control system; and
• Develop downloadable biology teaching materials for distance learning.

Biology Expert and Quality Control Manager
Versity.com
San Diego, California
Period: May 1999 to April 2000
Supervisor: Laura Lubetsky, Biology Expert System Manager
Versity.com c/o CollegeClub.com
1010 Second Avenue, Suite 700
San Diego, California, 92101
(concealed information)
Responsibilities: • Setup and monitor Biology Expert Site of Versity.com Knowledge Center;
• Locate and evaluate online resources (URLs) for linkage to Biology Expert Site;
• Enter concept definitions and expert links (URLs) in Biology Expert Site;
• Answer questions posted to Biology Expert Site of Knowledge Center;
• Monitor online biology lecture notes for content and quality; and
• Develop downloadable biology teaching materials for distance learning.

EDUCATIONAL AWARDS, DISTINCTIONS, AND INNOVATIONS
Date Description

2016 Winner, Faculty Fellow of the Year Award, National Residence Hall Honorary, Cornell Chapter.
_____ Finalist, Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching at Cornell University.

2014 Developed a new student-centered active learning study group program for the biology core
course in comparative physiology (BIOG 1440), including a full-day pre-semester intensive training
program, weekly training meetings for study group leaders, an online course website supporting
the study group leaders, and interactive course materials designed to help students understand
and apply the basic concepts of comparative physiology in their course work.

2013 Developed a new student-centered active learning study group program for the biology core
course in cell and developmental biology (BIOMG 1350), including a full-day pre-semester
intensive training program, weekly training meetings for study group leaders, an online course
website supporting the study group leaders, and interactive course materials designed to help
students understand and apply the basic concepts of cell and developmental biology in their
course work.

_____ Developed a series of student-centered active learning activities for use in study groups at Cornell
(as part of the LSC Study Group Working Group), including activities for a full-day pre-semester
intensive training program, weekly training meetings for study group leaders, interactive course
materials designed to help students understand and apply the basic concepts in their courses,
and several instruments for evaluation of study group leaders, senior study group leaders, and
performance of students attending study groups.

_____ Developed a new supplemental course for the new comparative physiology course for biology
majors (BIOG 1445), including student-centered activities and an online course website, with
interactive course materials designed to help students understand and apply the basic concepts
of biology in their course work.

_____ Extensively revised the supplemental course for Foundations of Biology for non-majors (BIOG
1140), including student-centered activities and an online course website, with interactive course
materials designed to help students understand and apply the basic concepts of biology in their
course work.

_____ Substantially revised an introductory biology course for the LSC/SPO Pre-Freshman Program at
Cornell University:
• Concepts of Biology (lecture course for non-science majors) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

_____ Substantially revised a course for the Six-Week Summer Session at Cornell University:
• Evolution: The Darwinian Revolutions (lecture course for non-scientists) at Cornell University

_____ Finalist for the Kenneth F. Carpenter Advising Award at Cornell University, specifically for advising
and mentorship with undergraduate students in biology and in student organizations, including
the Cornell Human Ethology Forum, Ecology House, and the Cornell chapter of the Golden Key
International Honour Society.

2012 Researched and wrote a series of 14 lectures on evolutionary biology, entitled Evolutionary
Biology: The Darwinian Revolutions: Part II: The Evolving Synthesis, for the Modern Scholar (a
division of Recorded Books, LLC), to be recorded and released as a series of CDs. These
lectures can also be downloaded as MP3 files and used by students of evolutionary biology
worldwide.

2011 Pioneered the development and implementation of student-centered active learning techniques
in introductory biology for the Learning Strategies Center. Student-centered active learning
techniques include group active learning exercises on central concepts; encouraging students to
formulate and share practice multiple choice questions in preparation for quizzes and exams;
discussing central concepts in small group format in class; and using immediate feedback on
questions/answers to guide exposition of fundamental concepts. Exposition of detailed course
material by instructor is provided primarily via Socratic (question/answer) method.

_____ Developed and implemented two new LSC academic support courses for BIOG 1440/Physiology
and BIOG 1780/Evolutionary Biology, including group active learning exercises, weekly problem
sets and worksheets, practice exams, and interactive tutorials.

_____ Worked closely with the teaching staff of BIOG 1440/Physiology to implement a system of training
and quality control for undergraduate study group leaders/tutors.

_____ Researched, wrote, and recorded a series of 14 lectures on evolutionary biology, entitled
Evolutionary Biology: The Darwinian Revolutions: Part I: The Modern Synthesis, for the Modern
Scholar (a division of Recorded Books, LLC), released as a series of CDs in September, 2011.

2010 Developed an entirely new supplemental course for the new biology "core course" in comparative
physiology, including multiple student-centered activities designed to help students understand
and apply the basic concepts of physiology in their course work.

_____ Developed an entirely new supplemental course for the new biology "core course" in evolutionary
biology, including multiple student-centered activities designed to help students understand and
apply the basic concepts of evolution in their course work.

_____ Researched, wrote, and recorded a series of 14 lectures on evolutionary psychology, entitled
Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Nature: Part I: The Social Mind, for the Modern
Scholar (a division of Recorded Books, LLC), published as a series of CDs on 13 September 2010.
These lectures can also be downloaded as MP3 files and used by students of evolutionary
psychology worldwide.

_____ Researched, wrote, and recorded a second series of 14 lectures on evolutionary psychology,
entitled Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Nature: Part II: Enemies and Friends, for
the Modern Scholar (a division of Recorded Books, LLC) released as a series of CDs in 2010.

2009 Developed method for students to formulate and share practice multiple-choice questions online
in preparation for quizzes and exams.

_____ Developed procedures whereby students can actively develop learning strategies for identifying
essential concepts using small group discussions in class.

_____ Developed adult/post-graduate seminar course in the Cornell Adult University summer program
(“Is Religion an Evolutionary Adaptation?”).

_____ Developed online “study room” for the Cornell Adult University CyberTower (“The Darwinian
Revolutions”).

1991 Presented guest lecture as Charles Darwin (in full costume and makeup) to introductory biology
lecture for non-majors at Cornell University, later performed as a one-man show off-Broadway in
New York city (“An Evening with Charles Darwin”) and on tour at colleges and universities

1989 Special Service Award “For Dedicated Service to Students of Biological Science in the Pre-
Freshman Summer Program at Cornell University, awarded at Summer Program Awards Banquet
(August 1989)

1988 First faculty member of lecturer rank to be chosen as Faculty Fellow at Cornell University, serving
as Faculty Fellow for Ecology House / the Hurlburt Residential College for Environmental
Education and Awareness from September 1988 to May 2018

1987 Winner, the Clark Award for Outstanding Lecturer at Cornell University, specifically for innovative
teaching techniques in BIOG 009/010.

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