Dr. Streby's primary teaching philosophy is to inspire critical thinking. He believes it is a fundamental responsibility of scientists to not only study and discover, but to communicate our knowledge in a way that inspires the generation of scientists that will follow us. He believes that this entails much more than the dissemination of facts in hopes that the best students can regurgitate those facts on exams. Students should leave Dr. Streby's classes with the skills necessary to find and critically analyze new scientific information on their own. Dr. Streby has developed a reputation at his graduate and postdoctoral universities as a teacher and colleague dedicated to meaningful communication. He prides himself on having broad-context communication skills; He is equally comfortable discussing science with elementary students, college students, or a conference hall full of seasoned experts.
Dr. Streby has experience as an instructor of record and as a graduate research assistant in upper-level undergraduate courses. He was the teaching assistant and laboratory instructor for Ornithology for three years at Ohio University, where he was also a teaching assistant for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy. He was a teaching assistant for Principles of Wildlife Management at the University of Minnesota, and then independently instructed that course the following year. He has also given guest lectures and filled in for instructors in several courses at Ohio University, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Streby expanded his understanding and philosophy of teaching in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Minnesota and he looks forward to developing additional undergraduate and graduate level courses and seminars as a professor.
At The University of Toledo, Dr. Streby teaches or co-teaches the following regularly scheduled courses:
General Ecology - odd-year Falls
Avian Ecology - even-year Springs
Avian Ecology Lab - even-year Springs
Principles of Wildlife Conservation and Management - even-year Falls
Landscape Ecology (with Dr. Jon Bossenbroek) - odd-year Springs
Landscape Ecology Lab (with Dr. Jon Bossenbroek) - odd-year Springs
Dr. Streby also helps mentor students in the Biodesign Challenge course taught each Spring by Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter.
Other courses Dr. Streby has taught at UT:
Introduction to Environmental Studies - Spring 2018, Spring 2019
Drones in Environmental Sciences (with Dr. Ricky Becker) - Spring 2018
Wildlife Identification (with Andrea Lindsay) - Spring 2019
Ecology Field Study - Trinidad (with Dr. Jon Boessenbroek) - Spring 2019