Research focus is on student learning and understanding in undergraduate science classrooms. Other interests are knowledge retention and curriculum development at the undergraduate level and teacher retention/recruitment and curriculum development at the secondary level.
These research interests target (a) student learning in science classrooms, especially at the undergraduate level and (b) the preparation of future science faculty at both the higher education and secondary level. Current research projects involve studying large-lecture learning environments, technological tools used for formative assessment, development of the understanding of the nature of science, and curriculum development in classrooms. Graduate students’ interests include: studying students’ understanding of natural selection and evolution, students’ abilities to apply scientific knowledge, pedagogical development (inquiry instructional models) in large classes, curriculum development, and gender issues in learning.
Graduate students' research interests include: doctoral students studying students' understanding of natural selection and evolution at the university level, and secondary level students' ability to apply scientific knowledge, and masters students studying pedagogical tools in secondary classrooms, curriculum development, and gender issues in learning.
2003, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona. Dissertation Advisor, Dr. Debra Tomanek
1995, M.S., General Science, North Dakota State University
1995, B.S., Biology Education, North Dakota State University
1992, B.S., Zoology, North Dakota State University