BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Michele B. Price is a Teaching Assistant

Michele B. Price is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology
Teaching and Learning at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She teaches Human
Biology: Concepts and Current Ethical Issues (BIOL 1010) and Physiology of Humans
and Other Animals (BIOL 3211). Her position encompasses one of her greatest passions:
teaching form and function of BOTH vertebrates and invertebrates. Dr. Price grew up in
a unique setting that fostered this passion: in a veterinary hospital where both her parents
were veterinarians. At an early age she watched surgeries of cats and dogs, but also took
a great interest in the spineless wonders around the clinic. Around age five, she was
identifying parasitic worms through a microscope, dissecting ticks, and observing fleas
Before joining the UMN faculty in 2013, Dr. Price grew up in Illinois and went to school
at UW-Madison where she got all three of my degrees in Entomology. After graduating,
she craved to teach and live by mountains, so she headed west and taught at Central New
Mexico Community College for two years and completed a brief postdoc at the
University of New Mexico. From 2011-2013, Dr. Price was an assistant professor at
Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) in Idaho, a small public college with a strong
commitment to teaching,
Dr. Price has over 12 years of teaching experience in a broad range of courses, settings,
and students. She has developed courses, lectures, supervised laboratories, and led
discussions for a wide range of biological subjects, including: comparative animal
physiology, human anatomy & physiology, human dissection, comparative vertebrate
anatomy, invertebrate zoology, entomology, introductory biology, and human genetics.
She has taught biology majors and non-majors, pre-teens, teens, and adults from a variety
of backgrounds, in groups ranging from five to 200 students. She has also pursued many
teaching opportunities outside the classroom setting, including mentoring undergraduate
students with research projects. Her research interests include beetle systematics,
wildlife physiology, and investigating techniques that facilitate learning in both the
college classroom and in informal education settings.