Eileen Hotze, Ph.D.

Eileen Hotze
  • Associate Teaching Professor

Contact Info

Haworth Hall, room 6048A


After spending nearly 20 years at the lab bench performing research, Dr. Hotze returned to the classroom podium to teach. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental pillars of effective education. Dr. Hotze embraces a student-centered approach to teaching that prioritizes active learning, collaboration, and hands-on experiences. By fostering an inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and respected, her goal is to create a space where all voices are heard, and all ideas are welcomed.

In alignment with current pedagogical best practices, Dr. Hotze integrates innovative teaching methods such as flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and inquiry-based instruction. These approaches not only empower students to take ownership of their learning but also provide opportunities for them to apply theoretical concepts to real-world problems, fostering critical thinking and creativity. Her innovative pedagogical approaches empower students to become lifelong learners of science and active contributors to a diverse and ever-changing world.


Teaching interests:

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • Bacterial Infectious Disease

Selected Publications

Klages JE, Baid S, Giri EG, Morgan DE, Hotze EM. Hybrid Inquiry-Based Laboratory Curriculum Highlights Scientific Method Using Bacterial Conjugation as a Model. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2023;24(2):e00237-22. Published 2023 May 1. doi:10.1128/jmbe.00237-22

Amrein J, Dimond Z, Reboullet J, Hotze E. Bacterial Unknown Project in the COVID-19 Era: Transition from In-Person Lab Experience to Online Environment. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2021;22(1):22.1.52. Published 2021 Mar 31. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2415

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