Laurie J. Freeman, Associate Professor of Science, started her teaching career at FM in 1999. Over the years, Laurie has developed and taught a number of courses including Introductory Biology: Atoms and Molecules (traditional, blended and online), Microbiology, Plant Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and Environmental Science.
Laurie was the first to develop and teach an Honors Seminar in the revitalized Honors program as she introduced the idea of basing the course on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Study Topic. Also, with Introduction to Engineering Science, Laurie led students in both designing and building Solar Ovens as well as in a design competition that resulted in teams designing and building machines that performed a task. She developed the first and only online Science class offered at FM as well as the first blended Science class. A new course, Introduction to Tropical Biology, is currently in development by Laurie.
In addition to some traditional lecturing, Laurie incorporates “Clickers” – an audience response system – into all of her courses. To further explain, students take quizzes and exams using clickers. This allows the students to get instant feedback on how they are performing. Scores are available immediately after taking the test/quiz. Students can also see how they compare to the rest of the class.
Laurie is involved in many academic leadership roles which presently include Phi Theta Kappa New York Region Coordinator, Empire State Association of Two-Year College Biologists secretary, and American Association of University Women (AAUW) College/University Connection Chair. She is also Phi Theta Kappa advisor and NY Region Coordinator. During the 2008/2009 academic year, the Phi Theta Kappa NY Regional Officer Team received Distinguished Regional Team (1 of 3) and three regional officers received Distinguished Regional Officer Awards (3 of 10) under Laurie‟s leadership. It should be noted there are 29 regional officer teams in the world with over 150 regional officers.
As Science Division Chair, Laurie assisted with the development of the federal alternative energy 2011 request and is currently reviewing ATF and SEM microscopes for the Center for Engineering and Technology. She is also helping to develop the scope of work section of the bid documents for an atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope.
In May 2010, Laurie received the SUNY Chancellor‟s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
Laurie earned a Master of Arts in Biology from the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY); a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honors) from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; and Stevens International Scholar, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland.