I started my teaching career at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2001, as a student teacher in the Department of Biological Sciences. I also conducted ecological research on aquatic macroinvertebrates between 2001 and 2003.
I have been a member of the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College since fall of 2003. I spent my first ten years working both in the Department of Biology and in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. In my years at Gustavus, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of courses including: Anatomy and Physiology courses, Principles of Biology, General Biology, and Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. I also served as laboratory coordinator for several of these courses. I have taught/advised January-term courses including: Horticulture, Current Issues in Biology, and Career Explorations.
I began working full-time in the Department of Health and Exercise Science in the Fall of 2013, teaching Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology lectures and laboratory lectures and labs as well as Anatomy and Physiology I and II laboratories. I am also the lab coordinator for all sections of Anatomy and Physiology at Gustavus Adolphus College. I enjoy working with the diverse group of students that these courses are taken by. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to look forward to going to work each day. I truly do what I love and am lucky to call the Gustavus community my home away from home. Our students, as well as our faculty and staff, are exceptional.
Outside of my time at the college, I enjoy spening time with friends and family including my husband, Dr. Josh Harbitz (also an Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Gustavus Adolphus College), and my two sons, who were born in 2010 and 2012. We spend our time enjoying the outdoors, with our pets, working in our gardens, hiking, running, reading books, learning, and exploring (as well as appreciating) the world around us.
M.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|HES-234||Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab||57||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA|
|BIO-101||Principles Lab||55||2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA|
|HES-235||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||49||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP|
|BIO-202||Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Lab||45||2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP|
|BIO-101||Principles of Biology||13||2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA|
|HES-235||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||10||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP|
|HES-234||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||10||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA|
|BIO-268||Career Exploration||8||2012/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, 2008/JN, and 2007/JN|
|BIO-202||Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior||6||2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP|
|HES-233||Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab||4||2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, and 2013/FA|
|HES-233||Intro Human Anat/Phys||4||2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, and 2013/FA|
|BIO-126||Horticulture||2||2006/JN and 2005/JN|
|BIO-104||Current Biolgcl Issues||1||2013/JN|
|BIO-100||Bio Expl Diversity Lab||1||2010/FA|