Siara Ruth Isaac
Upon completing my B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, I departed for China to teach chemistry in the International Baccalaureate program. Although I greatly enjoyed teaching, 2 years of the cultural challenges of being foreign and nearly illiterate in Chinese hastened my return to the intellectual challenges of academic life.
I returned to McGill for my M.Sc. with Dr. Masad Damha in the design and synthesis of novel analogues to DNA and RNA. Using traditional lab glassware and pungent solvents, I synthesized novel replacements to the fundamental alphabet of DNA (A, C, G and T). Using a modern version of the 'Gene Machine', first developed by Dr. Kevin Ogilvie at McGill, I strung my modified nucleosides into chains of DNA and probed their physical behaviour and stability.
During this period, I had a wonderful opportunity to further develop my teaching philosophy and skills through my participation in the Tomlinson Project in University Level Science Education. First, as a Tomlinson Teaching Fellow (2004-06) and then as the Coordinator (2006-08) for the unique teaching development workshops offered by science graduate students for science graduate students. My TA responsibilities in Chemistry ranged from working with small groups in the lab to offering tutorials for 1000+ students.
Upon graduation, I moved to France and joined the Innovation Conception et Accompagnement pour la Pedagogie team at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Intially I was an Academic developer (2008-2011) and then the Team leader for the pôle pédagogie (2011-2012), where I worked with professors and teaching teams on a variety of teaching improvement initiatives.
I arrived at EPFL in 2012 and work most closely with the sections CGC, SIE and SEE. Teaching pedagogical development workshops is one of my preferred activities and the extension of this work to reach PhD candidates and tutors in 2014 has been a pleasure.
Grenoble Ecole de Management
2011-2014 Science Course Design in Higher Education for Nigerian engineering faculty
Université Lyon 1
2009-2011 Instructor, English for Research in Chemistry
2009 spring Instructor, English
2008 fall Instructor, Recherche documentaire
2005-2006 Head TA, General Chemistry
2003-2005 Chemistry Lab Demonstrator, General Chemistry
PingHe Private School
2002-2003 Chemistry Teacher (IB curriculum)
2002 English Teacher
Epistemological development of engineering students
Group work skills for undergraduate students
Engineering and Science Issues Test (ESIT): a discipline-specific approach to assessing moral judgment
|Ph.D., Educational Research||Lancaster University, UK||en cours|
|M.Sc., Bio-Organic Chemistry||McGill University, Montreal||2008|
|B.Sc., Honours Chemistry||McGill University, Montreal||2001|
|Holzer, Adrian Christian; Vonèche Cardia, Isabelle; Bendahan, Samuel; Berne, Alexis; Bragazza, Luca; Danalet, Antonin; Fasoli, Ambrogio; Feige, Jérome; Gillet, Denis; Isaac, Siara Ruth; Le Duc, Ingrid; Preissmann, Delphine; Tormey, Roland
International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 32, num. 2A, p. 1-11, 2016.
|Increasing the Perspectives of Engineering Undergraduates on Societal Issues through an Interdisciplinary Program|
|Isaac, S., Roland Tormey.
June 2015. World Congress on Engineering Education 2014, QScience Proceedings (ISSN 2226-9649).
|Undergraduate group projects - challenges and learning experiences|
|White, Peter J.T., David Syncox, Audrey Heppleston, Siara Isaac et Brian Alters.
Canadian Journal of Higher Education 42(1). 2012.
|Putting research into practice: Pedagogy development workshops change the teaching philosophy of graduate student|
|Isaac, S. and E. Sylvestre.
Higher Education Research Network Journal: 19. (2012).
|Pedagogical support services and academic developers at French universities|
|Isaac, S., Christian Hoffmann, Julien Douady, Christophe Durand, Emmanuel Sylvestre, Sophie Abry, St�phane Guillet, Yvan Pigeonnat.
AIPU 26eme, Rabat, 17 au 21 Mai 2010.
|Un outil de d�veloppement professionnel des conseillers p�dagogiques dans l�enseignement sup�rieur : le r�seau PENSERA|
|Le Diouris, L., S. Isaac, A.-M. Perraud, E. Sylvestre.
AIPU 26eme, Rabat, 17 au 21 Mai 2010.
|L'accueil et la formation p�dagogique des nouveaux enseignants chercheurs � l'Universit� Claude Bernard, Lyon|
|I. Le Duc; R. Tormey; C. Hardebolle; S. R. Isaac; H. Fueger
46th SEFI Conference, Technical University, Copenhagen, Danemark, 17-21 September 2018. p. 976-983.
|Does gender-sensitive teacher training have a place in Engineering Education? : Assessing pedagogical training as a step towards gender-inclusive curricula|