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Hello! I am a tenured instructor in the Department of Life Sciences at Everett Community College (north of Seattle), where I teach human anatomy & physiology. (I also have an affiliate appointment in the Division of Biological Sciences at UW-Bothell.)

Within the science education community, I am known best (if at all) for my work on educational music and Test Question Templates (TQTs).

My degrees include a Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics from the University of Washington (2002), a M.A. in Science Education from Western Governors University (2018), and a B.A. in Biology from Williams College (1995).

It is easiest to reach me by email (gcrowther AT everettcc DOT edu), but go ahead and view my complete contact information if you must.

11/3/21 A new TQT paper is out! This one is on teaching renal physiology -- in particular, teaching filtration, secretion, reabsorption, and excretion.
9/29/21 My latest conference presentation (with Patricia Halpin and the ever-intrepid Hilary Kemp): Engaging Students with Songs and Follow-up Discussions on Difficult Course Concepts. The song starts at about 6:00.
8/16/21 My latest blog entry for Dynamic Ecology: Meaning in the music: when science songs are more than their words.
8/6/21 My latest musical collaboration is What's the Mater?, co-written with Event Rap's Dex McBean, who arranged and performed it, as well as starring in the video!
7/22/21 I am delighted to report that I have been granted a Teaching Career Enhancement Award (TCEA) from the American Physiological Society! I am excited to work on my proposed project, whose title is "Test Question Templates (TQTs): A Promising Model for Biology Teaching and Assessment."
5/23/21 Tomorrow at the annual meeting of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS), I will present a workshop titled "From Isolated Data-Analysis Tasks to General Skills: Bridging the Gap with Question Templates." Thanks to ADInstruments for sponsoring it! Here is a link to my HAPS slides.
4/30/21 The Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education just released its "Teaching in a Time of Crisis" special issue, which includes the article Tunes in the Zoom Room: Remote Learning via Videoconference Discussions of Physiology Songs by Patricia Halpin (University of New Hampshire) and me.
4/20/21 A new article by Lesser & Pearl in Teaching Statistics cites three of my statistics songs, quoting the lyrics of one ("The Null Hypothesis") in full.
3/8/21 My latest, greatest batch of Test Question Templates (TQTs) for introductory human anatomy and physiology is available for reuse/adaptation/etc. This collection is much better than the one published as the appendix to Crowther et al. (2020). Questions and comments are welcome, as always.
2/4/21 On January 29, I was a co-presenter (with Deb Donovan of WWU and Ben Wiggins of UW) of the Northwest PULSE webinar "Convergent evolution of transparency in biology teaching and testing." My favorite moment of this fun session was the part when an '80s rock icon serenaded us with a marketing idea.
12/4/20 Today I joined the Happy Hour series of the National Institute on Scientific Teaching to make a presentation about Test Question Templates (TQTs). If you want to watch me sweat my way through a bunch of great questions, feel free to consult the video recording of the session.
11/18/20 Last night the EvCC Board of Trustees granted me tenure! I am very grateful to all who helped make this possible, but especially Rene Fester and Al Friedman of EvCC and previous mentors Mary Lidstrom and Wes Van Voorhis of UW. And my wife, Leila Zelnick.
9/29/20 The new Advances in Physiology Education article Physiology core concepts in the classroom: reflections from faculty reports on interviews with four pseudonymous professors who infuse their physiology curricula with core concepts. See if you can guess whether I am "Emily," "Frank," "Jane," or "Mark"!
8/17/20 My new post for the PECOP Blog: Evidence-based teaching: when evidence is not enough.
8/3/20 Over the past year and a half, I have been working hard on a teaching and testing framework called Test Question Templates (TQTs). I have now created a TQT web page with links to various TQT resources, including a new YouTube video.
6/1/20 I generally use this space to link to things by and about me. However, in the context of current events here in the United States, that devotion to self-promotion feels very wrong. Here is something better suited to the present: a June 1 statement on racism by EvCC president Daria Willis. I acknowledge that we collectively have much work to do, and I pledge to participate in that work.
5/22/20 This is a genuinely challenging time for educational institutions, but we who work at them sure are doing our best, and our students are demonstrating resilience as well. That, I think, is the take-home message of the new Faculty Spotlight profiles of me and many other EvCC colleagues.
5/13/20 In my latest blog entry for Dynamic Ecology, I advocate for weirder Acknowledgments sections. Not exactly an urgent concern these days, but maybe interesting anyway?
5/6/20 My latest article, with coauthors Ben Wiggins and Kiki Jenkins, has been published in the Spring 2020 edition of HAPS Educator: Testing in the Age of Active Learning: Test Question Templates Help to Align Activities and Assessments.
5/2/20 Everett Community College's student newspaper, the Everett Clipper, published a nice article about Masks for Arlington, a local group that creates homemade face covers. I am quoted briefly toward the end of the article.
3/14/20 In a move that may or may not be analogous to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, I contributed some music to The A&P Professor's "emergency" podcast on quickly moving face-to-face courses online.
2/14/20 Much to my relief, another four-years-in-the-making paper was finally published today: Is memorization the name of the game? Undergraduatesí perceptions of the usefulness of physiology songs. It was a fun collaboration with Jason Wessels (a UW-Bothell grad student in education when the project started; now a high school science teacher), Jennifer Breckler (a SFSU biologist whom I met because of, no joke, our mutual fondness for Poiseuille's Law), and Larry Lesser (a UTEP statistician who brought sophistication to the data analysis).

(Older news items can be found in the news archive.)