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Heather Giebink

Director Graduate Affairs and Associate Teaching Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Heather Giebink

About Me

I obtained my B.S. from Union College in Schenectady, NY where I majored in Biochemistry and minored in Classics while participating in DIII Women’s Ice Hockey. I obtained my Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan. I joined the faculty at Penn State University in 2013. I am currently the Director of Graduate Affairs for the BMMB PhD program and an Assistant Teaching Professor. 


Department of University Committees

  • Advisory Committee on Graduate Education (ACGE)
  • Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML)
  • Key Initiative Committees:
    • Recruitment Workshops Faculty Advisor to the BMMB Graduate Student Association
    • BMMB Graduate Steering Committee
    • BMMB Graduate Student Recruiting Committee
    • Huck Graduate Education Committee


Teaching Summary

I currently teach large general education courses and a molecular biology laboratory course for science majors. I also introduce BMMB graduate students to evidence-based teaching practices and mentor BMMB students in their teaching. A major focus of my teaching is to create student centered and inclusive classrooms to promote student efficacy and increase learning outcomes.


Honors and Awards

  • Paul M Althouse Outstanding Teaching Award (2016)