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William J. Anderson

Developmental Biology

Editor Degrees:

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Harvard University 
  • B.A. and M.S. in Biology, Rutgers University

About Teaching and CourseSource

I have taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, and Harvard University. I am lucky to have had many excellent teachers mold me through the years. Teaching is a privilege and so I try to practice teaching the most effective way I can so as to optimize student learning. I enjoy designing curricula that train students to learn science by doing science, both in terms of hands-on research activities and courses that emphasize formulating research questions, critical analysis of data, and drawing meaningful conclusions. 

I was part of a cohort from the Society for Developmental Biology that helped develop the learning framework for the developmental biology course. In learning about the goals of CourseSource, I immediately became deeply interested. It is an invaluable journal for teaching, with resources archived and cataloged in a variety of useful ways, most notably by learning goals established by scientific societies. I like the level of detail provided in each article that really helps to ensure others can replicate the activity. As a contributing author, I also greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness and positivity of the editors and reviewers. I want to pay it forward and help others to share their classroom creativity with colleagues.