Faculty Detail

Theresa D. Westbay

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Skalny 235B
Phone: (585) 385-8160
Email: twestbay@sjfc.edu
Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester
M.S. University of Rochester
B.A. St. John Fisher College
Areas of Interest: Teaching and learning; science pedagogy; curricular design; program assessment; faculty development


Dr. Theresa Westbay teaches general and clinical microbiology and an advanced immunology course. A Fisher alumna, she has been Chair of the Biology Department since fall 2006. Dr. Westbay's scholarly interests include teaching and learning, curricular design and program assessment, and faculty development.


BIOL 107 - Microbes and Disease
BIOL 214 - Microbiology
BIOL 418 - Immunology


My research interests all have a foundation in a desire to improve teaching and learning. My pedagogy research has primarily focused on student engagement and cultivating student-centered learning environments. One of my current projects is concerned with examining study skills in introductory and advanced biology courses and introducing students to an active reading strategy to improve content mastery. In recent years, my focus has expanded beyond individual classes to include curricular design, program assessment, and faculty development. The Biology Department is currently undergoing a dynamic period of growth that has presented a variety of opportunities for evaluating and improving the Biology program. Initiatives within Biology in recent years have included work focusing on information literacy, content mapping of biology core courses, learning goal/outcomes-based design of courses, and assessment of student success.


  • Erklenz-Watts, M., Westbay, T.D., and Lynd-Balta, E. An Alternative Professional Development Program: Lessons Learned. College Teaching 54(3): 275-280, 2006.
  • Lynd-Balta, E., Erklenz-Watts, M., Freeman, C., and Westbay, T.D. Linking Pedagogical Theory to Practice in College Science. Journal of College Science Teaching XXXV(4), January-February: 18-24, 2006.
  • Lynd-Balta, E., Erklenz-Watts, M., and Westbay, T.D. Faculty learning circle on student engagement: A multi-disciplinary and sustained approach. In Presenting the Scholars of Teaching. Twenty-second Annual Lilly Conference on Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Miami University. Oxford, Ohio. p. 62, 2002
  • Westbay, T.D. Primary/higher ed collaborations that foster interest in science. In Abstracts Rochester Academy of Science 27th Annual Scientific Paper Session. Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York. p. 27. 2000.
  • Westbay, T.D. Leadership opportunities: Ensuring the success of all students. In Project Kaleidoscope A Collection of Statements (2000-2001) Faculty for the 21st Century. © Project Kaleidoscope. p. 148. 2000.
  • Westbay, T.D, Dascher, C.D., Zauderer, M., & Bavoil, P.M. Deviation of immune response to Chlamydia psittaci outer membrane protein in lipoopolysaccharide-hyporesponsive mice. Infection and Immunity, 63:1391-1393. 1995.
  • Westbay, T.D, Dascher, C.D., Hsia, R. C., Bavoil, P.M. & Zauderer, M., Dissociation of immune determinants of outer membrane proteins of Chlamydia psittaci strain guinea pig inclusion conjunctivitis. Infection and Immunity, 62:5614-5623. 1994.
  • Westbay, T.D, Dascher, C.D., Bavoil, P.M. & Zauderer, M., The antibody response to the major outer membrane protein of Chlamydia psittaci strain GPIC is H-2-linked. In Chlamydia Infections: The Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on Human Chlamydia Infections. Orfila, et al. (eds.). Societa Editrice, Esculapio, Bologna. pp. 107-110. 1994.
  • Westbay, T.D, Dascher, C.D., Zauderer, M., & Bavoil, P.M. TH1 type helper T cell response to Chlamydia psittaci strain GPIC OMP2 predominates in EB-immunized, LPS-hyporesponsive mice. Ibid. pp. 148-151. 1994.

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