Hlousek-Radojcic is an Associate Professor in the
Department of Biological Sciences. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of
Science degrees from the University of Zagreb, and a Doctor of Philosophy in
Plant Biology degree from the Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Dr.
Hlousek-Radojcic, known to her students as Dr. Alenka, is committed
professional whose passion for and excellence in education has been recognized
with an Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences in
2015. She is also a Fulbright Senior Lecturer who assisted Tribhuvan
University, with a development of a new biotechnology program in Nepal in 2008.
Alenka’s research expertise comes from her work on plant development and plant
lipid metabolism using electron microscopy, biochemical and molecular
biological methods. Upon completion of her postdoctoral project, she chose to
focus on science education that lead her to accept faculty position with
Richard Bland College of William and Mary, Virginia. There, she had evolved into
a mentor who earned a reputation of being challenging, but fair and supportive.
While honing her teaching skills, Dr. Alenka took on an active role in
scientific teaching community by joining several initiatives that focused on
science education. She was the leader for National Biotechnology Teacher Leader
Program, lead-teacher for Microbes and Biofrontiers courses at the
University of Richmond, Virginia, and support scientist for StarNet Human
Genome Sequencing Program, University of Washington.
the initiatives on inquiry based pedagogies resulted in Dr. Alenka’s
collaboration with Dr. Dolan, Georgia Athletic Association Professor of
Innovative Science Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. She was a
co-PI on the National Science Foundation supported project that implemented
inquiry-based curriculum in an introductory biology course (2006 -2008). Dr.
Alenka's pedagogy focused on helping students develop holistic approach to
scientific exploration of life. This she did through theoretical and laboratory
instruction that was augmented with numerous extra-curricular opportunities
that included field studies, restoration of college’s nature trail, and river
clean-up projects. Her decade long leadership of an Adopt-A Stream program
earned her Urban Conservationist Award, 2003, and Outstanding Urban Forestry
Stewardship Award, 2001.
Upon joining the
University of Delaware Dr. Alenka fully embraced student-centered active
learning, evidence-based pedagogies, becoming one of its most ardent implementers
and spokespersons. She is a member of the teaching team that consists of
preceptors, faculty, teaching assistants, and laboratory support personnel for
integrated Introductory Biology and General Chemistry course sequence serving
about five hundred students, mostly freshmen, per semester. The team is
developing and implementing interdisciplinary, inquiry based and collaborative
curriculum that includes peer mentoring and team work. Her scholarly
activities are focusing on studying development of student critical thinking
skills and graduate assistant teaching skills.