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» Sarah Balcom
Adjunct & Affiliated Faculty
Director of Undergraduate Program
Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
University of Maryland, Bldg. 142
2006, DVM, Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine
2000, MS, Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Animals and Public Policy
1998, BA, The College of William and Mary, Anthropology and Music
Awards and Honors:
2014 Paul R. Poffenberger Excellence in Teaching & Advising Award. UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
2014 Excellence in instruction award. UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association.
2014 Outstanding Faculty Educator. UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Graduate Student Council.
2014 Phi Kappa Phi, UMD Chapter
2014 Teaching certificate of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta International Agriculture Honor Society, Capital Area Chapter.
2013 Professor of the Year. UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Graduate Student Council.
2012 Outstanding Faculty Educator. UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Graduate Student Council.
2011-2012 Lilly Teaching Fellow. Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park.
2006 Academic Excellence Award, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
2005-2006 Henry L Foster Scholar, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
2005 Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honors Society.
2003-2004. Association of Women Veterinarians, Honorable mention National Veterinary Student Award.
1997 Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Virginia College of William and Mary.
Professional Positions Held:
Lecturer, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences. University of Maryland
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology. Community College of Baltimore County
Associate Veterinarian, Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital
Associate Veterinarian, Mt. Wauchusett Veterinary Hospital
ANSC Programs and Curriculum Committee Chair
ANSC Teaching Evaluation Committee Chair
Campus Scholarship in Practice Faculty Board
UMD I-series Faculty Development Community
2011-2012 Lilly Teaching Fellow
HHMI Supported Host-Pathogens Interactions Teaching Group
Mentor for Graduate Students as part of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Graduate Teaching Assistant Program:
*Lindsey Vansandt - AY 2012-2013 *Halli Sigal – AY 2013-2014
Member, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Staff Awards Committee, Spring 2013 and Spring 2014.
Co-advisor, Pre-veterinary Club, Fall 2010-Present.
Ad hoc reviewer for the Journal, Society and Animals- 2012, 2013.
Invited presentations and workshops on teaching and learning
“Creating flipped and blended courses” workshop with faculty from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMD. Oct 2014.
Presenter, “To Flip or Blend –the Acrobatics of Teaching with Technology.” Center for Teaching Excellence, University of MD, College Park. Feb 2014
“Preparing a teaching portfolio” workshop given to ANSC department faculty- Feb 2014.
“Teaching research in the college classroom.” Center for Teaching Excellence. University of MD, College Park. May 2013.
“Using concept inventories to improve teaching.” American Physiology Society, Experimental Biology Conference, Boston, MA. April 2013.
“Using clickers in the classroom” workshop given to ANSC department faculty- Feb 2012.
Lectures given in other courses
“Challenges in modern agriculture.” For ANSC 227- Eating with Eyes Wide Open. University of MD, College Park, Sept 2014.
"Conducting a neurology evaluation in small animal patients." For ANSC 211- Comparative animal anatomy, University of MD, College Park, Oct 2013 and Oct 2014.
“Behavior in a small animal veterinary hospital” For ANSC 456- Applied Animal Behavior, University of MD, College Park, Nov 2010 and Nov 2011.
“Critical Thinking in Veterinary Practice.” For ANSC 420- Critical Thinking in Animal Sciences, University of MD, Jan 2011, Jan 2012, Jan 2013, Feb 2014.
Invited conference presentations related to animal health, care, and management
“Keynote: Getting Started in Animal Disaster Response.” One Health Symposium. University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine. Philadelphia, PA. Feb 2014.
“The Maryland State Animal Disaster Team.” Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Summer 2010 Conference. Ocean City, MD. June 2010.
Courses I have taught (past and current):
ANSC 225- Love me, Hate me, Use me, Save me: Our conflicting views of animals
Designed, implemented, and taught this course three times. ANSC 225 considers the varying and often contradictory views of animals in American culture, with a focus on companion animals, animals used for research, and production animals. This course was developed and taught as part of the I-series courses and History/Social Sciences distributive studies courses offered under the University’s General Education program. Taught: Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014.
ANSC 235- Applied Small Ruminant Parturition
Popularly known as “lamb watch,” ANSC 235 course introduces students to the theory and practice of small ruminant farming and parturition management on our campus farm. Created a barn manual for the course and revised the course from its prior format. Mentored 2 undergraduate teaching assistants in this course each spring. Taught: Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
ANSC 250- Companion Animal Care and Management
Designed, implemented, and taught this course three times. ANSC 250 considers the biology, husbandry, handling, nutrition, and reproduction and animals commonly kept as pets as well as some of the major issues surrounding companion animal care. This course is part of the Scholarship in Practice (for non-majors) courses offered under the University’s General Education program. Taught: Spring 2011; Fall 2012; Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
ANSC 275- Introduction to Veterinary Medical Science
Designed, implemented, and taught this course. ANSC 275 introduces the process of evidence-based medicine and focuses on developing three core learning areas- complex reasoning, critical evaluation of information, and writing. “Flipped” the course and emphasized case-based learning for the second iteration of the course. This course is part of the Natural Sciences and Scholarship in Practice (for non-majors) courses offered under the University’s General Education program. Taught: Spring 2012; Fall 2013, Fall 2014.
ANSC 340- Health Management of Animal Populations
Significantly revised this course to focus student work creating facility health plans, teaching students the process through which scientists and veterinarians study disease and implement evidence-based population health programs to improve animal and human health. “Flipped” many of the lectures in this course the third time it was taught. This course is part of the Scholarship in Practice (for majors) courses offered under the University’s General Education program. Taught Spring 2011; Spring 2012; Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
ANSC 386- Independent study: Capstone projects
Mentored a senior student interested in animal shelter management and medicine in creating a comprehensive report to a local animal welfare league to improve the housing, feeding, medical care, and marketing of its animals. Taught: Fall 2013.
Mentored two Junior students in preparing a short documentary of their summer study abroad experiences participating in the Ecolife program in South Africa. Taught: Fall 2014.
ANSC 446- Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction
Made significant revisions to ANSC 446/447-Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction course and associated lab to increase student engagement, include comprehensive histology component to the curriculum, and better integrate lecture and lab courses. Taught Fall 2010; Fall 2011.
ANSC 688V- Introduction to University Teaching
Designed, implemented and taught a graduate course on teaching in undergraduate animal sciences courses. Students wrote a reflective essay (the start of a teaching philosophy statement), a complete course syllabus, one summative and at least one formative assessment, and gave a teaching demonstration to their peers, helping them to create the beginning of a teaching portfolio. Emphasized evidence-based pedagogy. Taught: Fall 2013.
Non-refereed articles on teaching and learning
Balcom, S. (2014) Top 10 unexpected lessons about flipping my classroom. CTE Teaching and Learning News. Expected publication, May 2014.
Refereed articles related to anthrozoology
Balcom, S. (2000)
Legislating a Solution to Animal Shelter Euthanasia: A Case Study of California's Controversial SB 1785
. Society and Animals. 8(1): 129-150.
Balcom, S. and Arluke, A. (2001).
Animal shelter adoptions as negotiated order: A comparison of open versus traditional shelter approaches
. Anthrozoos 14(3): 135-150.
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