Meet Our Faculty: Rachael Bateman

A selfie of CSM instructor Rachael BatemanMeet Rachael Bateman

Associate Professor, School of Science and Health 

Faculty member since 2011
Pronouns: she/her

Courses Taught

  • BIO-1010/1010L Botany/Botany Lab 
  • BIO-1020/1020L Zoology/Zoology Lab 
  • BIO-1060/1060L Principles of Biology I/Principles of Biology I Lab
  • BIO-1070/1070L Principles of Biology II/Principles of Biology II Lab
  • BIO-1200 Intro to Oceanography
  • ENV-1300/1300L Intro to Environmental Science/Environmental Science Lab
  • SCE-1010 Scientific Reasoning 


I was born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area (go Browns and Buckeyes!) and moved to Southern Maryland in 2006 for a position as a science teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School. (Go Chargers, too!) I worked at Lackey from 2006 to 2020 and taught a variety of science courses including earth systems, biology, chemistry, AP chemistry, AP environmental science, and AP biology. I began working at CSM as an adjunct teaching zoology in 2011, and in the fall of 2020, I began teaching full-time at CSM as an assistant professor in the School of Health and Science.  

Educational Background 

I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2006 and earned my Master of Science in Chemical and Life Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. I plan to pursue my Ph.D. in Integrated Biological Sciences at the University of Virginia. (When I have some free time, anyway!)


My teaching style aligns most closely with a hybrid style of teaching that allows me to tailor my classes to my students’ needs and interests while infusing the experience with my own personality and interests. In my lecture courses, I lean more towards the demonstrator/coach style by incorporating multimedia presentations, activities, and demonstrations. In my lab courses, I lean more towards the delegator/group style by using guided discovery and inquiry-based learning for laboratory activities and experiments. 

Because science is AWESOME, and I very much enjoy sharing my love of science with my students. If you're not a science major, that's ok! Many of the majors at CSM require some kind of science. I ask my students to submit to Rate My Professors to share their opinions. I hope that you will consider taking one of my classes!

Like many others in STEM, I can definitely remember being passionate about nature as a child. I remember the wonder I experienced through making close observations and asking questions. I love all animals and other living organisms. How they got here, the diversity of their bodies, how they carry out their normal daily lives–it always leaves me in awe. There is something I find quite beautiful and profound about discovering something new. Science does have its many problematic aspects, but at its best, the experience of doing science and sharing what we learn from it can hopefully generate a greater sense of compassion, connection, and humility in the face of the unknown. I've learned to never fear trying out something that is new to you. Always accept the challenge, because the outcomes really can be some of the most wonderful things that you'll ever experience.

I am an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland Global Campus. I teach courses including BIOL103 Introduction to Biology; BIOL230 General Microbiology; BIOL301 Human Health and Disease; and BIOL302 Bacteria, Viruses, and Health. 

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Last updated: 9/5/23

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