Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Zoology. Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2017)
Certificate of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning. Delta Program. University of Wisconsin–Madison (2018)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in Zoology, Minor in Neuroscience. Miami University (2008)
Tiny Earth – Antibiotic Research and Discovery (Plant Pathology 375) CURE. Instructor (Fall 2017 – Present). UW-Madison, Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. Implemented and expanded the Tiny Earth CURE (course-based undergraduate research experience) curriculum in collaboration with founder Jo Handelsman. Used scientific teaching principles to encourage students to pursue careers in research by guiding a discovery research experience of soil bacteria’s capacity to produce antibiotic compounds via a series of laboratory techniques. Students produce full length research papers, posters, and presentations in parallel with Introductory Biology (Biology 152).
Introductory Zoology (Biology 203) lecture and laboratory. Adjunct Professor (Fall 2016 – Present). Madison College. Developed course materials (lectures, quizzes, study guides, daily handouts, exams). The course covers general biological principles with an emphasis on cell structure and function, genetics, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Consideration also given to morphological and behavioral diversity within the animal kingdom and environmental interactions.
Organismal Biology (Biology 272) laboratory. Adjunct Professor (Spring 2019). Madison College. Facilitated active learning and inquiry-based laboratory activities. Course content aimed to expose students to a broad range of principles in organismal biology (with an emphasis on evolution, plant physiology, and ecology) and to bolster development in analytical skills, data gathering, experimental design, and science communication.
Human Sexuality (Psychology 201) lecture. Adjunct Professor (Fall 2017). Madison College. Administered course materials (lectures, quizzes, activities, assignments). The course explored sexual anatomy and physiology, as well as sociocultural factors that affect how sexuality is expressed throughout the life cycle. Practical information regarding sexually transmitted diseases, contraception and pregnancy also covered.
Introductory Biology (Biology 152) Case-based learning style lecture-alternative. Teaching Assistant (Spring 2016, Spring 2015). UW-Madison. Evaluated written responses to case study vignettes aimed to enhance and promote student-guided strategies in learning. Worked with professors Eric Kruger and Doug Rouse to develop course goals, materials, and implementation.
Honors Organismal Biology (Biocore 486) Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Fall 2016, Fall 2015). UW-Madison. Facilitated and assessed student-designed experiments and science communication: bio-rationale, methodology, statistical analysis, full-length research papers, oral / poster presentations. Worked with Dr. Michelle Harris to develop course materials for statistics.
Introductory Biology (Biology 152) Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Spring 2014). UW-Madison. Administered and graded quizzes and assignments. Worked with students during hands-on explorations, dissections, and guided learning of molecular techniques. Worked with students to improve their science writing through semester-long independent research projects.
Introductory Biology (Biology 151) Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Fall 2013). UW-Madison. Administered and graded quizzes and assignments. Worked with students during hands-on explorations, dissections, and guided learning of molecular techniques.
Introductory Animal Biology (Zoology 102) Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Spring 2009 – 2012). UW-Madison. Developed mini-lectures and laboratory lesson plans. Wrote and graded quizzes and assignments.
Teaching as Research (TAR) Experience:
* Certificate of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning. Delta Program (completed Spring 2018). Courses on and internship experience regarding pedagogy for undergraduate learning (see below) culminating in a teaching portfolio.
*Impacts of case-based learningcourse style on biology undergraduate performance within minority and non-minority demographics.Internship project -Teaching, Research and Learning. Delta Program. Rigorous data analysis of student success (grade performance and STEM major retention) (Spring 2017). Delta Program. UW-Madison.
* “Instructional Materials and Development – Integrating Statistics into STEM Courses” (Statistics 692) (Spring 2014). UW-Madison. Delta Program. Worked on project with faculty to develop, implement and assess course materials to improve Edgewood College nursing students’ quantitative reasoning skills.
* “Research and Evaluation in Science Outreach” (Curriculum & Instruction 975) (Summer 2014). UW-Madison. Delta Program. Gained skills and knowledge of the literature pertaining to science outreach implementation and evaluation.
* Conceptual Elements: A Detailed Framework to Support and Assess Student Learning of Biology Core Concept (Cary and Branchaw 2017, published in CBE Life Sciences Education). Served as an expert scorer of student responses to assess their understanding of core concepts in biology.
Mentoring and Leadership:
*Mentored 15 undergraduates collaborating in projects for my dissertation research. Four were included as co-authors for publications. Several are currently pursuing graduate research degrees, one in Harvard’s “Mind, Brain and Education” program. Others have pursued medicine or STEM-related industry positions, including a senior developer for the Center for Open Science.
*Tiny Earth Symposium (global) Planning Committee Member. Organized logistics for student poster presentation session and competition judging. June 2018.
* Departmental Teaching Assistant Trainer, Integrative Biology (January 2015). UW-Madison. Selected to be one of three senior TAs to lead a training workshop to TAs in the Zoology department. Presented “Navigating the Challenge of Student Understanding and Communication of Statistical Analyses”.
*Communications B Teaching Assistant Fellow (August 2014): Selected and funded to be one of four fellows at UW-Madison to develop and present training sessions for graduate student TAs working in writing-intensive courses. Presented “Mind Your P (value)s and (research) Qs: Helping Students Translate Statistical Analyses into Accurate Written Language”. Feedback from session participants included comments such as “hugely important information” with “terrific handouts that I can refer to later” and “an attitude of positivity and encouragement”.
*Vice President of “The Handphibians” (2014 – present). Leadership of a 40-person community music ensemble with approximately 20 yearly performances, generating over $10,000 in revenue. Responsibilities include event coordination, promotional materials, and delegation of tasks to members. The position requires excellent communication and organizational skills.
*Marie Kohler Interdisciplinary Fellow @ Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) (September 2014 – August 2017). Three years experience in collaborating with an eight-person team of selected fellows comprised of dissertators across disciplines in planning and executing large-scale events on campus and in the Madison community at large. Leadership role in turning ideas into realities via coordination of interdisciplinary-themed events including a public lecture series, performances combining science and art, film screenings with panel discussions, trivia nights, conference presentations, and radio show appearances.
Pultorak, J; Batzli, J; Walck-Shannon, E. Biological variation as a threshold concept: Can we measure threshold crossing? Poster presentation. UW Education Research Poster Fair. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Madison, WI. February 22, 2019.
Pultorak, J. Roots in Soil – Reaching the Community Through Antibiotic Research. Tiny Earth Symposium. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Madison, WI. June 21 2018.
Pultorak, J; Batzli, J; Walck-Shannon, E. Biological variation as a threshold concept: Can we measure threshold crossing? Oral presentation. 7thBiennial Threshold Concepts Conference. Miami University. Oxford, OH. June 14 2018
Pultorak, J; Rouse, D; Breschak, J; Handelsman, J; Heitz, J. Connecting Small Worlds: Establishing a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) through cross-departmental and cross-institutional partnerships at UW-Madison. Poster presentation. “Connecting To Our Students: Teaching and Learning Symposium. UW-Madison. May 17, 2018.
Walck-Shannon, E; Pultorak, J; Batzli, J. Biological variation as a threshold concept: Can we measure threshold crossing? Oral presentation. National meeting – Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). Minneapolis, MN. July 23, 2017.
Breschak, J; Heitz, J; Pultorak J; Miller, A; Abbot, D. Addressing Active Learning and Asymmetrical Learning Outcomes: Using Scientific Teaching Methods to Couple Diversity and Equity Sensibilities with Active Leaning Interventions. Oral presentation. “Teaching the Wisconsin Experience: Teaching and Learning Symposium. May 17 2017.
Breschak, J; Heitz, J; Pultorak J; Miller, A; Abbot, D. Introductory Biology 151 and Animal Physiology: Doubling Active Learning Activies and Unexpected Outcomes. Poster presentation. “Teaching the Wisconsin Experience: Teaching and Learning Symposium. May 17 2017.
Symposia and Workshops:
*Tiny Earth. Second Annual Symposium (planning committee member). July 9-11 2019. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
*A Celebration of Student Research and Scholarship (planning committee member). May 15 2019. Madison College.
*Hot Discoveries in Frozen Soil (organizer). April 29 2019. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
*Tiny Earth. First Annual Symposium (planning committee member). June 21-22 2018. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
*Teaching Academy Summer Institute 2018. June 4-7 2018. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
*UW Teaching Academy 2017 Symposium. Teaching the Wisconsin Experience. May 17 2017. University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy.
*What’s in a grade? Alternative models of teaching and learning.” Delta Program. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nov 11 2016.
*UW Teaching Academy 2016 Symposium: Engage Students, Personalize Learning. May 18 2016. University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy.
*Improv to Improve Teaching and Communication. Workshop. February 10 2016. Delta program. University of Wisconsin-Madison
*Biological vs. Computer Viruses: Parasitic Elements of a New Digital Ecosphere (organizer). Kohler Fellows. Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. April 17 2015.
*Teaching with Technology. Workshop. Delta Program. UW-Madison. Oct 30 2014.
*Wisconsin Symposium on Feminist Biology (“discussant” for Sari van Anders). October 10, 2014. University of Wisconsin – Madison
*Human Sociality and The Internet. Human Behavior and Evolution Society. Natal, Brazil. July 30 2014
*Rethinking Majors Biology Teaching Workshop. W.H. Freeman, Macmillan, UW Zoology Dept. June 1, 2013. Madison, WI.
*Integrating Research Ethics and Scholarship (IRES): Collaborations with Statisticians. Dr. Kevin Eng. December 5, 2012. University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.
*UW Teaching Academy 2012 Symposium: From Philosophy to Practice. September 28 2012. University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy