Faculty of Plant Biology
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor

Basic Information

Office:
Miller Plant Sciences, Room 3510
Research Areas:
Research Interests:

I have a novel position for a large research university, that of an introductory Biology teaching specialist. I have a tenure-track appointment in a biological science department but rather than conducting biological research, I focus on developing innovative teaching materials for college students. My major objective in preparing and assessing the effectiveness of these materials is to insure that students fulfilling their general science graduation requirement develop basic science literacy skills. I currently teach over 350 students each semester and strive to impart a lifelong interest in Biology as well as the skills needed to really use that knowledge in decisions they make in their future careers and lives. Publications of my instructional materials include online case studies, inquiry-based labs exercises, and interactive media exercises. My interest in teaching also extends to collaborating with graduate student and post-doctoral instructors interested in researching the effectiveness of teaching methods and sharing those methods in the training and development of future instructors.

Grants:
  • NSF (DUE- 1821023) “Transforming STEM Education at Research 1 University through Multi-Level Action Teams” Co-PI $2,998,335 (2018-2023)
  • NSF (DUE-1619686) “Study of STEM Professional Development Programs” Co-PI $74,748 (2016-2017)
  • NSF (DUE-0942261) PI “Project Synergy: Transforming undergraduate large-enrollment science courses using graduate-student "scaffolded" apprentices.” $192,257 (2010-2012).
  • NSF (CCLI Phase III) Senior Personnel “FIRST IV - Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching - Focus on Postdoctoral Scholars”, (2009-2012)
Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Profile

Biology Curriculum to Address Scientific Literacy

Case Studies - The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Rough Games and the Brain: The Structure and Function of Proteins

FOXP2 and Speech: A Gene Expression Case

Bloodline: A Human Genetics Case

Make a Life to Save a Life

Sweet Indigestion: A Directed Case Study on Carbohydrates

The Case of the Druid Dracula

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning

Inquiry-Based Labs

Does Race Exist: Alu Transposable Elements and Ancestry DNA published in 2011.Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Proceedings of the 32th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE). (pdf)

C. elegans The Creature from Beneath: An Inquiry Genetics Exercise for Introductory Non-Science Majors published in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching. Proceedings of the 28th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE).

Education:

Ph.D Biology Education, University of California, Berkeley 1993

Of note:
  • 2014 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award
  • 2013 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship - University of Georgia
  • 2010 Senior Teaching Fellow University of Georgia
  • 2008 Outstanding Professor Award - National Panhellenic Council.
  • 2008 Presented the Honor’s Day Talk at the University of Georgia.
  • 2007 Inducted Member of Teaching Academy at the University of Georgia.
  • 2007 Regents Award for the Scholarship of State of Georgia, Regents Teaching and Learning.