Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Biological Sciences


Jeffrey T. Olimpo


Current national efforts to reform postsecondary laboratory education have emphasized the incorporation of authentic research opportunities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curricula. Within the last decade, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have emerged as a viable mechanism to achieve this goal. Evidence within the biology education literature suggests that student engagement in CUREs has the potential to positively impact their development of scientific inquiry and process skills, content knowledge, and affect in the domain. While the majority of studies have focused on student outcomes, few studies have examined instructor outcomes in CURE learning environments. This is especially true for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), who are frequently tasked with teaching CUREs, yet who often receive little, if any, professional development (PD) to improve teaching skills that are vital to this type of instruction. This body of research addresses this need by: (i) identifying the core tenets of CURE GTA professional development initiatives; (ii) creating, implementing, and evaluating a novel professional development program for GTAs to improve CURE instructional outcomes at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); and (iii) assessing the scalability and sustainability of said program as a model for GTA PD nationwide.




Received from ProQuest

File Size

153 p.

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Rights Holder

Amie M Kern