Bio

Name: Dorothy M. Salinas
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology
School: Health Professions and Natural Sciences
Office: SH 250
Phone: 973-328-5375
Email: dsalinas@ccm.edu

Education: M.S., University of Nebraska
B.S., The College of New Jersey

Primary Courses Taught:
Biology of Environmental Concerns (BIO 127), Concepts in Biology (BIO 132)
CCM Club Affiliation:
Environmental Club Advisor
Professional Memberships:
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB)

Special Projects:
Salinas has developed a low-cost option for non-major students to satisfy their 4-credit general education science requirement. The course, Concepts in Biology (BIO 132), is offered online through Virtual Campus. Cost was limited by the implementation of an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook and the elimination of a required laboratory
kit. Students complete hands-on laboratories, at home, utilizing common household items.
In addition, Salinas is in the process of developing and implementing a virtual microscope in collaboration with Professors Caitlin Burns (Biology/Chemistry) and Eric Guadara (Information Technologies). The virtual microscope project is funded by the Advisory Council of the Open Textbook Collaborative (OTC), a New Jersey higher education project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Select Recent Professional Presentations:
Biology Course Development: Increasing Affordability and Accessibility for Non-Science Majors, Open Education Conference, October 18-22, 2021 Interdisciplinary Learning Community: Sustainability and Agriculture. C2 Summit for Pedagogical Advancements in STEM, October 15, 2021 Increasing the Accessibility and Affordability of Online Science Courses. C2 Summit for Pedagogical Advancements in STEM, October 15, 2021 “Educational Cross-Pollination: the importance of interdisciplinary climate change education” City University of New York (CUNY) C4E Conference on Climate Change Education, April 23, 2021 “Insta-engage with Instagram: the use of social media for environmental education” presented at the Environmental Education Association of Oregon Virtual Conference, July 26, 2020