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Jessica Coleman, MS

Lecturer & Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator

Department of Biology

College of Arts and Sciences

UT Tyler

Jessica Coleman assumed her current position in September 2008. During her tenure, she has been a dedicated Lecturer for the Department of Biology. She currently teaches General Biology I and II. In alternating years, she teaches two additional upper division courses, Ornithology and Conservation Biology.  In addition, she advises the student organization biologists of Tyler, Texas (BOTT) and takes an active role in their organized events (e.g., BioBlitz 2019 & Arbor Day 2020).

Coleman’s primary focus is teaching freshman the basic concepts of science and laying the foundation for biological knowledge. She uses a variety of teaching strategies to enhance student learning and has attended several workshops to refine her chosen teaching strategies, which included strategies for teaching large undergraduate science courses, team-based learning, college and career readiness, and webinars for using student response systems in classes. She maintains an outstanding track record based on her student evaluations and on-going success. In her spare time, Coleman engages in field research while involving undergraduates to provide them the opportunity to learn proper research techniques. She finds that conducting research helps the scientific community while the field experience is an invaluable resource in the classroom. Coleman encourages her students to take an active role in learning science by a using hands-on approach.