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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Ignacio Moore


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Ignacio Moore, associate professor of Biological Sciences, for his contribution to offering international educational opportunities to undergraduate students.

Dr. Moore’s primary teaching passion is leading study abroad courses to Latin America. Twice he has taught as part of the VT in the Caribbean program in the Dominican Republic. Another four times he has taken groups of VT students to Ecuador as part of a study abroad program that he administers himself, and that parallels his research program in the country. These study abroad courses focus on the natural history, ecology, and evolution of the unique organisms in each area. The courses include a substantial independent research component in which the students write a research proposal and conduct a project while abroad. As such, Dr. Moore’s study abroad courses are intended to serve as capstone experiences for undergraduate students to synthesize what they have learned over their undergraduate career, and to experience it in the real world of nature.

Dr. Moore’s other teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Animal Physiology (BIOL 3404), an upper division elective course that regularly enrolls over 100 students. This lecture course is particularly popular with biology majors interested in organismal biology and veterinary studies. Taught from an ecological and evolutionary perspective, students emerge from the course with a better understanding of how animals function in their natural world.

Dr. Moore was the recipient of an NSF CAREER grant and received the Department of Biological Sciences Teaching Award in 2008. He was awarded a College of Science Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2011. Dr. Moore has also had a lasting influence on the career development of his students:

“Dr. Moore showed me how important it was to be passionate about science and teaching. He has inspired me to strive toward being a great teacher, so that I too can show future generations how important and exciting science really is.” (Undergraduate student in a study abroad course)


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