Biology Education Research

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The CLSE is committed to using evidence-based practices in all of our courses. As part our mission, we pursue programmatic, curricular, and pedagogical innovations in biology teaching, we measure the impact of these changes on student learning, and we disseminate information about our best practices among faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the college, as well as to the larger community. We are actively conducting research designed to better understand how our programs and pedagogical innovations in biology teaching help students learn biology, increase their motivation to learn biology, and be retained in STEM fields. Below is a list recent publications and presentations.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Sovic D.M., & Chordas, S.W. III. (2020). Tying it all together: An activity to help students connect course experiences to posted learning outcomes. CourseSourcehttps://doi.org/10.24918/cs.2020.15

Pieterson, E.C., & Ridgway, J.S. (2019). Development of an enhanced peer mentoring program: Partnering with novice teaching assistants in a teaching community of practice. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 30(1), 51-75.

Bernot, K.M., Kulesza, A.E., & Ridgway, J.S. (2017). Service learning as inquiry in an undergraduate science course. The American Biology Teacher, 79(5), 393-400.

Ridgway, J.S., Ligocki, I.Y., Horn, J.D., Szeyller, E., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2017). Teaching assistant and faculty perceptions of ongoing, personalized TA professional development: Initial lessons and plans for the future. Journal of College Science Teaching, 46(5), 73.

Reeves, T.D., Marbach-Ad, G., Miller, K.R., Ridgway, J.S., Gardner, G.E., Schussler, E.E., & Wischusen, E.W. (2016). A conceptual framework for graduate teaching assistant professional development evaluation and research. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 15(2), pii:es2

Holding, M.L., Denton, R.D., Kulesza, A.E., & Ridgway, J.S. (2014). Confronting scientific misconceptions by fostering a classroom of scientists in the introductory biology lab. The American Biology Teacher, 76(8), 518-523.

Kulesza, A.E., Clawson, M.E., & Ridgway, J. S. (2014). Student success indicators associated with clicker-administered quizzes in an honor’s introductory biology course. Journal of College Science Teaching43(4), 73-79.

Conference Presentations: Talks

Sovic, D. M. (2019, November) A Collaborative, Structured, Data-Driven Effort to Guide Instructional Redesign. Interactive Session presented at the 44th Annual POD Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K.M., & Ridgway, J.S. (2019, July). Comparison of service-learning and research projects in an introductory biology class. Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Sovic, D. M. (2019, May). Ideas and instruments for course redesign: Part II – A new tool for course characterization. Presentation at the 13th Annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Columbus, OH.

Kulesza, A.E., D’Agostino, J.V., & Ridgway, J.S. (2019, April). An evaluation of the differential effects of the prerequisite pathways on student performance in an introductory biology course. Presentation at the Accelerating Systematic Change Network (ASCN) meeting, Pittsburg, PA.

Schussler, E.E., Gardner, G., Marbach-Ad, G., Miller, K., & Ridgway, J. (2019, April). The biology teaching assistant project: Theory of change for a network. Presentation at the Accelerating Systematic Change Network (ASCN) meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Horn, J.D., & Szeyller, E. (2018, June). Creating collaborative, TA-centered weekly instructional meetings to support student-centered laboratory instruction. Extended Mini Workshop presented at the 40th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) meeting, Columbus, OH.

Kulesza, A.E., & Pearson, S.A. (2018, June). Training teaching assistants as active participants in large, active learning, lectures. Mini Workshop presented at the 40th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) meeting, Columbus, OH.

Miller, K., Ridgway, J.S., Coker, R., Price, K.E., Stewart, K., Gardner, G., Marbach-Ad, G., & Schussler, E. (2018, June). BioTAP 2.0 (Biology Teaching Assistant Project): Engaging individuals in scholarly research about biology. Mini Workshop presented at the 40th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) meeting, Columbus, OH.

Szeyller, E., & Ridgway, J.S. (2018, June). Six lessons from administering a biology teaching professional development course. Mini Workshop presented at the 40th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) meeting, Columbus, OH.

Guannel, M., Kulesza, A.E., & Midden, W.R. (2018, June). Impacts of service learning on student engagement with science; examples from introductory courses at three higher education institutions. Presentation at the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) annual meeting, Columbus, OH.

Marbach-Ad, G., Gardner, G., Miller, K., Ridgway, J., & Schussler, E. (2018, March). Network initiative to develop research skills in professional developers working with biology teaching assistants. Presentation at the 91th National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Miller, K., Gardner, G., Marbach-Ad, G., Ridgway, J., Schussler, E., Fuselier, L., Trimby, C., Pavlova, I., Szeyller, E., Marion, A., Oran, A., Shortlidge, E., Chouinard, A., Floyd, J., Serreyn, M., Abney, N., Lee, S., Nelson, K., Olimpo, J., Raut, S., & Vance-Chalcraft, H. (2017, June). BioTAP 2.0 (Biology Teaching Assistant Project): Engaging individuals in scholarly research about biology. Mini Workshop presented at the 39th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) meeting, Madison, WI.

Reid, J., Chen, M., Carroll, P.A., Gardner, G., Marbach-Ad, G., Miller, K.R., Ridgway, J., &  Schussler, E. (2017, November). A critical review of the literature on biology graduate teaching assistant professional development. Presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) National Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Sovic, D.M. (2017, November). Identifying best practices in the use of learning outcomes: Transforming administrative artifacts into tools for metacognitive practice. Presentation at the 37th Annual Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Oxford, OH.

Breitenberger, C. A., Ridgway, J. S., Szeyller, E., Sovic, D., & Kulesza, A. E. (2017, May) Multiple professional development on-ramps into teaching communities of practice. Presentation at the 11th Annual Ohio State University Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Columbus, OH.

Gardner, G., Schussler, E., Marbach-Ad, G., Miller, K., & Ridgway, J. (2017, February). The biology teaching assistant project 2.0: Advancing research, synthesizing evidence. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Tennessee STEM Education Research Conference hosted by Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC), Murfreesboro, TN.

Kulesza, A.E., Ridgway, J.S., Shawver, B., Gordon, A. & Bernot, K.M. (2017, January). Community engagement through a health-related honors biology service-learning project. Presentation at the Community Engagement Conference, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K.M., Ridgway, J.S., & Pieterson, E.C. (2014, July). Comparison of service learning and research projects in an introductory biology class. Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Kulesza, A.E., Clawson, M.E., & Ridgway, J.S. (2012, November). Investigation of student learning gains associated with clicker use in an introductory biology course. Presentation at the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Conference Presentations: Posters

Szeyller, E., Ridgway, J.S., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2019, November). Creating Links: Promoting Motivation and Community in Online Instruction. Poster Presentation at the 44th Annual POD Network Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kulesza, A.E., D’Agostino, J.V., & Ridgway, J.S. (2019, June). Exploration of the differential effects of prerequisite pathways on student performance in an introductory biology course using predictive models. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Conference Undergraduate Biology Education meeting, Lewiston, ME.

Kulesza, A.E., D’Agostino, J.V., & Ridgway, J.S. (2019, June). The use of hierarchical linear modeling to evaluate the differential effects of prerequisite pathways on student performance in an introductory biology course. Poster Presentation at the Gordon Research Seminar Undergraduate Biology Education Research meeting, Lewiston, ME.

Sovic, D.M. (2018, October). Course learning outcomes: Administrative artifacts or tools for student success? Poster Presentation at the Franklin Scholars Showcase: Innovations in Leadership and Learning, Columbus, OH.

Gardner G., Schussler, E., Miller, K., Marbach-Ad, G., Ridgway, J., Reid, J., & Chen, M. (2018, July). Current literature on biology graduate teaching assistant teaching professional development (GTA TPD): Mapping a research agenda. Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K.M., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2018, July). Evaluating the impact of service learning by exploring student long term memory and emotion.  Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Marbach-Ad, G., Ridgway, J., Gardner,G., Miller, K., & Schussler,E. (2018, June). Biology Teaching Assistant Project (BioTAP 2.0): A Network to Build a Capacity for Collaborative Research on Biology Graduate Teaching Assistant Teaching Professional Development (GTA TPD). Poster Presentation at the Network of STEM Education Centers annual meeting (NSEC), Columbus, OH.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K.M., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2017, July).  Memory, motivation, and making connections: Long-term outcomes associated with service-learning and research experiences. Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Schussler, E., Gardner, G., Marbach-Ad, G., Miller, K., & Ridgway, J. (2017, July). Networking for change: Assessing the capacity for research on graduate student teaching professional development. Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Marbach-Ad, G., Schussler, E., Gardner, G., Miller, K., & Ridgway, J. (2017, November). A network for research on biology graduate teaching assistant teaching professional development. Poster Presentation at the AAC&U Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K., Ridgway, J.S., & Pieterson, E.C. (2015, July). Comparison of service-learning and research projects in an honors introductory biology class. Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Ridgway, J.S., Kulesza, A.E., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2015, July). Changes in student motivation and scientific literacy associated with participation in course-based undergraduate research experiences. Poster Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Bernot, K.M., Kulesza, A.E., & Ridgway, J.S. (2013, November). Use of service learning to integrate real world application in an honors introductory biology course. Poster Presentation at the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Conference Presentations: Roundtables

Kern, A., Esparza, D., Kulesza, A.E., Pieterson, C., Rivera, S., & Olimpo, J.T. (2019, July).  Designing professional development initiatives for graduate teaching assistants facilitating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Sovic, D.M. (2018, June). Learning outcomes…Administrative artifacts or tools for instructor and student metacognitive practice? Roundtable Presentation at the Network of STEM Educators (NSEC) annual meeting, Columbus, OH.

Ridgway, J.S., Wheeler, L., Szeyller, E., Horn, J.D., & Pieterson, E.C. (2018, June). STEM teaching assistants: Two models for supporting TAs in learning, valuing, and implementing evidence-based instructional practices. Roundtable Presentation at the Network of STEM Educators (NSEC) annual meeting, Columbus, OH.

Ridgway, J.S., Breitenberger, C.A., Kulesza, A.E., & Sovic, D.M. (2018, June). Faculty professional development offered four ways. Roundtable Presentation at the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) annual meeting, Columbus, OH.

Kulesza, A.E., Bernot, K.M., & Ridgway, J.S. (2016, July).  Long-term outcomes associated with high impact practices in an honors biology course. Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Faust, S., Ridgway, J.S., Kulesza, A.E., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2015, July). Changes in introductory biology student content knowledge and motivation associated with participation in peer-led team learning. Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Pieterson, E.C., & Ridgway, J.S. (2015, July). Changes in teaching anxiety, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a TA peer mentoring program. Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Schussler, E., Ridgway, J.S., Gardner, G., Miller, K., & Marbach-Ad, G. (2015, July). Networking to promote the assessment of GTA professional development. Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

Szeyller, E., Ridgway, J.S., & Breitenberger, C.A. (2015, July). Online vs. race-to-face human biology instruction: Does format matter for student experience? Roundtable Presentation at the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education (SABER) annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN.