Dr. Michael Moore serves as the Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in STEM for the Academy for Teaching and Learning and as a Lecturer in the Department of Biology. He is co-founder, coordinator, and instructor for the Baylor Learning Assistant (BLAST) program. A native Hoosier, Dr. Moore is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, earning his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology. Dr. Moore's research focuses on student motivations and behaviors during active learning instruction in undergraduate biology courses. He mentors undergraduates in Biology education research and works with STEM disciplines across Baylor to adapt, develop, and implement ways to promote evidence-supported improvement and overall excellence in their teaching. He is also very active at the national level in advocating for postdoctoral and graduate student professional development and in promoting inclusion and diversity in STEM. In his free time, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, exploring, and cooking.
ATL's postdoc is based on a number of similar programs offered at various universities across the U.S. (e.g. Maine Center for Research in STEM Education). All programs have a similar goal in mind: to increase program excellence in the sciences, particularly focusing on improvement and redesign of STEM teaching pedagogy. The postdoc fellow joins in the work of other programs across the country that seeks to redesign courses and train graduate student instructors in sound, research-based pedagogical methods.