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Craig Woodard

Professor of Biological Sciences


From the Princeton Review:

“Students are much more likely to learn difficult concepts if they find the concepts fascinating,” says Craig Woodard, a professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College.


In getting students excited about the topics being discussed, he brings his own enthusiasm to the classroom. He works hard keep up with the research literature in the field, and brings to the table the experiences he has as the principal investigator of a genetics/molecular biology research lab. A “very approachable and straightforward” lecturer, he also puts all his lecture notes online, makes it clear what the quizzes and tests will focus on, “tries to keep the class’s stress levels to a minimum.” “He treats all his students with respect,” and is “always willing to meet with people.”


His courses include Genetics & Molecular Biology, Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics, and Biology in the Age of the Human Genome Project, which focuses on the science behind the Human Genome Project and the ways in which it will change our lives. Most of his teaching is done in the traditional lecture style (some case studies are used), which he supplements with animations. He encourages questions and comments from students (“even when it is a large class in a lecture hall”), and students say that “he is incredibly approachable and thoughtful and is passionate about genetics.”

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Taken on April 4, 2012