Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Pat Marsteller
Professor of Practice
Office Phone: 404-727-9696 | Office Room: Rollins 1101
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Ph.D., University of Florida, 1985
M.S., University of South Carolina, 1978
B.S., University of Maryland, 1969

The Center for Science Education (CSE) promotes access, interest and participation in science careers. CSE programs bolster science literacy and provide hands-on research and curriculum development experiences for students and teachers at the precollege, college and postgraduate levels. Through student and curriculum development activities, CSE integrates research and education and helps students explore the vast array of careers open to individuals with a solid background in science. CSE particularly focuses on attracting and retaining underrepresented students, women and minorities in careers in science.  We started the Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory (SURE) program and also have a HHMI/SIRE collaboration for introducing first and second years to research. Our work in these areas includes special programs for undergraduates, outreach efforts with metro Atlanta Public School teachers and students.

I use cases and Problem Based Learning (PBL) in my teaching and give workshops for faculty and future faculty at all kinds of colleges and universities from community colleges to research universities and from all science and math departments to public health and nursing. My workshops focus on sources of problems and cases, adapting existing cases and writing new ones.  I also work with pre-college faculty on developing case based curriculum materials and on using active learning strategies in the teaching of science and mathematics.

I studied evolution of animal behavior for my MS degree at University of South Carolina and quantitative genetics and evolution of life history patterns for my PhD at the University of Florida.

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