September 2021 - I am not teaching this fall, but check back here for more information on the courses I will be teaching in the future!

Teaching Philosophy

I have three goals that I want to achieve as a teacher, as a neurobiologist, and, more generally as a scientist. 

1) I want my students to appreciate the “big picture” ideas of what I teach them. 

2) I want my students to realize that science is not a collection of esoteric facts but is instead an active discipline full of cutting-edge discoveries to learn about and to which they themselves can contribute – even as undergraduates. 

3) I want my students to learn critical thinking skills and the scientific method which can be applied to all aspects of life, not just laboratory science. 

Picture of Dr. Jones in the classroom

In my classroom and lab I make it a priority to create a learning environment that values student differences and experiences, and I strongly believe that anyone, no matter their background, can be a scientist.