Steve Teh

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Biology Instructor
Math, Science and Engineering
Saddleback College


Master of Science, Biology with emphasis in Physiological Ecology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1997.                      

Graduate Advisors: Dr. Donald F. Hoyt and Dr. Steven J. Wickler

Thesis: Detraining in a hibernator and a non-hibernator.

Bachelor of Science, Zoology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1994



·         Professor, Saddleback College, Biological Sciences Department, Mission Viejo, CA, since 1999

·         Professor, Mt. San Antonio College, Biological Sciences Department, Walnut, CA, 1998-1999

·         Adjunct Professor, Mt. San Antonio College, Biological Sciences, Walnut, CA, 1997-1998

·         Adjunct Professor, Citrus College, Biological Department, Glendora, CA, Jan 1998 – Dec 1998

·         Teaching Associate, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dept of Biological Sciences, Pomona, CA, 1995 – 1997



·         Saddleback College: Cellular Biology (F16), Organismal Biology (SP17), General Biology I (F03-SP15) and II (Sp 04-SP16), Human Biology (F10), Introduction to Biology (F99-present), Introduction to Biology Honors (F05-SP08), Animal Diversity and Ecology (F99-SP03), Plant Diversity and Genetics (SP00-SP03), Introduction to Ecology (F02) and various Field Ecosystem Studies

·         Mt. San Antonio College (F97-SU99): Introduction to Human Physiology, Introduction to Anatomy, General Biology, Biology of Majors, Human Physiology and Human Anatomy

·         Citrus College (SP98-F98): Contemporary Topics in Biology and General Biology Laboratories

·         California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (F94-SU97): Life Sciences for non-majors, Basic Biology, Vertebrate Zoology and Comparative Animal Physiology (upper division)

o   Guest Lecturer and Laboratory Assistant: Advanced Topics in Animal Physiology (graduate) and Physiological Ecology (upper division)



·         2017 – Organismal Biology

·         2016 – Cellular Biology

·         2010 – Various Field Studies: Mountains, Deserts and Coastal Ecosystems

·         2010 – Human Biology

·         2004 – General Biology II

·         2003 – General Biology I

·         2001 – Introduction to Biology laboratories



     ·         2019 Nominated -  Saddleback College Professor of the Year

      ·         2017 Finalist -  Saddleback College Professor of the Year

·         2016 Saddleback College Professor of the Year

·         2011 VETS Program Faculty Member of the Year

·         2008, 2011 & 2013 UC Irvine Educator Recognition Ceremony

·         2008 Nominated for Orange County Teacher of the Year

·         2007 Saddleback College Professor of the Year

·         2005 John Lighton Sable System Award – Most recent data being presented (one day before)

·         2003-2004 and 2005-2006 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

·         1999 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Biological Sciences, Mt. San Antonio College

·         1998 Alpha Gamma Sigma Outstanding Instructor Award, Mt. San Antonio College

·         1997 Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

·         1995 First Place – Ninth Annual California State University Student Research Conference, CSU San Bernardino, Biological and Agricultural Sciences, Physiology and Development category (Graduate)

·         1995 President’s Travel Award, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona for Experimental Biology Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA



·         2015 – Math Conference, Saddleback College.  Why are cells so small?

·         2006 – Present – Melinda Heights Elementary School Science Lectures

·         2005 – Hibernation Biology and its application to humans – Leisure World Science Club

·         2005 – Physiological Ecology Meeting, Bishop CA (2 posters presented)

·         1995 – Experimental Biology, Atlanta, GA

·         1994 – American Physiological Society, San Diego, CA

·         1993 – American Society of Zoologists, Los Angeles, CA



·         $18,900 in Grants between 2003-2007

·         $5,000 to $10,000 given annually to my Biology Excellence in Education Fund for scholarships, purchase student research materials, fund field trip, pay for student conference fees, awards

o   Supported Saddleback students at CSUF’s HHMI and Chapman’s SURF internships

o   Funded students to attend Physiological Ecology Conference, Bishop Ca

o   Funds support Biology Majors with Biological Sciences Scholarship $500 - $2000



·         Professional

o   Student Research Mentor: 2003 to 2016

§  2016 HTCC @ UC Irvine: 3 oral & 1 poster presentation & 1 Abstract Award

§  2010 Chapman University Women in Science Conference (1 oral presentation)

§  2005: Physiological Ecology Meeting (2 poster presentations), Bishop, Ca.

§  1999 – Present: 15-25 student research projects per semester in Bio 1A, 1B, 3A, 3B & 20 Honors

o   Co-Editor of the Saddleback Journal of Biology – a student peer-reviewed scientific journal of biological research projects 2004 – 2016

o   Community Outreach – Melinda Heights Elementary, RSM Intermediate, Country Village Pre-school & Preschool Connection

§  2006 to 2019: Melinda Heights Elementary guest lecturer, science presenter, field trip volunteer and leader

§  2016 – 1st Annual Science fair advisor/mentor to Melinda Heights Elementary School 4, 5 & 6 grade GATE science fair participants (n=32, teams of 3)

o   Rancho Trabuco 2 - Girl Scouts of America: science lecturer and field trip leader

o   Donna O’Niell Land Conservancy – volunteer researcher for small mammals

o   2012, 2014 & 2015: Connect software reviewer and tester, McGraw-Hill

o   2015: Laboratory Manual discussion and implantation, Blue Door Publishing, Tampa Fl

o   2006 to present: Student Experience Reviewer McGraw-Hill

o   2003 to present: textbook reviewer for Introductory and General Biology

o   Contextual Coursework for Elementary Pre-Service Teachers, CSU Fullerton

·         Saddleback College

o   Biology Department Co-Chair 2006 – 2019

o   Committees: Campus Beautification, (10) Biological & (1) Environmental Studies Faculty Search Committees, (3) Biology Laboratory Technician Search Committees, Animal Care and Use, MSE Division Safety, Biotechnology Curriculum Development, Academic Senate, Faculty Development, Faculty Flex Activity, Scholarship, Curriculum, Honors and Sabbatical.

o   Campus Clean-up Days, Earth Day Activities, Senior Day Activities, Parent’s Night

o   Graduation Ceremony, Scholarship & Awards Ceremony, Nursing Pinning Ceremony

o   Clubs: Environmental Club Advisor 1999 – 2001, Biological Society Advisor 2004-2012

·         Mt. San Antonio College

o   Committees: Curriculum, Program Review, Student Outreach/Awards, Classroom Environment and Long Range Planning and Histotechnology Program Development



·         Teh, S. 2018 & 2019. Introduction to Biology Laboratory Manual, Saddleback College, Hayden-McNeil

·         Teh, S. 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. Introduction to Biology Laboratory Manual, Saddleback College, McGraw-Hill

·         Teh, S. and A.C. Huntley. 2003 – 2016. General Biology I & II Laboratory Exercises, Open web



·         American Zoologists, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology



·         Spending quality family time is the best and I would not pass that up for anything. 

·         Cycling is my main passion (primarily road & some mountain).  I have been road bike racing for the past many years.  I enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, rock climbing, snow & water skiing, wood working.  I often take students on field studies to various California localities to learn about the flora and fauna.

·         I love my family time.  I have been with my high school sweetheart for the more than three decades.  We dated for 10.5 years before we were married 1996.  The following year, we purchased our first home and have been there since (who can move with these home prices).  We have three beautiful little children that thrill us to no end.  With cost of gasoline and the increasing cost of raising three children, I can often be found cycling to and from Saddleback as I train for various cycling events.  Road bike racing with a bunch of kids 25+ years younger than you really pushes you.