Rachelle Spell

Emory University

Course Editors



Editor Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Harvard University
  • B.S. in Biology, Wake Forest University

About Teaching and CourseSource 

In my fifteen years of teaching at Emory University, I have taught small graduate courses on recombination to mini-courses on evolution to Tibetan monks, but the bulk of my teaching introduces new college students to biology in large lecture courses. My goals in the classroom are to engage the students through real-life applications, connect new knowledge to basic principles, and to confront pedagogical barriers to understanding.  Learning requires that students acknowledge gaps in their knowledge while simultaneously feeling empowered to fill those gaps through active learning and study.  A well-developed curriculum helps the teacher support that precarious psychology.

In addition to my teaching, I am committed to also helping others teach.  Teaching should be collaborative, developmental, and iterative.  Publishing in CourseSource allows teachers to support each other while gaining scholarly recognition for their efforts.