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About Mary Poffenroth

During her six years of teaching at SJSU, she has made innovation in science education a priority. Partnering with Wiley & Sons, she created original visual media and became a contributing author to the Visualizing Human Biology textbook and the Wiley iWonder Series (2010-2012). Mary specializes in large lecture formats (125 to 400 students), leads a team of 14 instructional student assistants, and is course coordinator for two general education courses. Leveraging her enormous class population, Mary created an outdoor, environmental student volunteer program. To date, over 2,000 students have volunteered over 8,000 work hours to local, environmental non-profit organizations. In 2012, she was awarded a DRC Outstanding Faculty Award and an IES-eCampus Grant. Her newest endeavor, Global Citizenship, is an integrative, team taught GE course that will help expand the horizons of interdisciplinary courses at SJSU. In 2013, she became one of 15 faculty members to receive a Salzburg Global Fellowship and will be joining the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria over summer session.


Present Lecturer AY-A, Biological Sciences, San Jose State University


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