Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences and Math, Eugene Lang College

Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences and Math, Eugene Lang College.  I was born in Iran, raised in Iowa, and studied in California. Over the years my work has transformed from being at the lab bench, to the classroom, to designing biology curricula that address health equity and social justice. My scholarship is centered on developing science and social justice curricula that include resources and support for educators to better meet students where they are and promote student development. I incorporate visual thinking strategies and the flipped classroom format to establish inclusive learning environments, and utilize critical pedagogy to demonstrate the relevance of biological applications and the ways in which scientific literacy can lead to positive change in our communities.  I teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and a course “Biology, Art, and Social Justice” for the Higher Education Opportunity Program’s Bridge Curriculum; a transitional summer program for incoming freshman.  On a national level, I serve as an Expert Workshop Leader/Ad hoc Reviewer for the National Case Study Teaching in Science Project, a member of The Faculty of the 21st Century Project Kaleidoscope, and a SENCER Leadership Fellow (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities), all of which seek to bring context-based biology to students from all walks of life.  Feel free to  share ideas, concerns, or needs: chamanyk@newschool.edu

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