Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences at ETSU! We currently have 18 full-time faculty and two lecturers offering courses that help prepare our graduates for careers in the health sciences, natural resource conservation, industry, and academia. Our graduate program is very active and includes a Master of Science research degree and a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences. One of the strengths of our department is the involvement of undergraduate students in research, with faculty members enthusiastically accepting undergraduates as contributing members of their research teams. We firmly believe that the best way to learn biology is to do it! - Joe Bidwell, Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences
Dr. Anna Hiatt
Biology Education, discipline-based education research, science education, evolution education, assessment development and implementation
PhD Oklahoma State University
My research is primarily focused on finding ways to improve implementation fidelity in college science classrooms through the development of assessment tools that can measure student learning and the efficacy of different teaching practices. One such tool I developed, the EvoDEvoCI, measures student understanding of evolutionary developmental biology and identifies misconceptions students may have that interfere with their learning of evolutionary concepts. I am using this tool to evaluate teaching modules that incorporate key concepts and skills necessary for students to master in preparation for a career in the sciences. These tools provide instructors with meaningful data they can use to reflect on and improve upon teaching methods. Other research interests include the testing of hypothetical learning gains to determine the most appropriate sequence of learning to master a given concept, the improvement of professional development opportunities for faculty to learn how to incorporate best teaching practices into the classrooms, and the impacts of curriculum-wide changes on student learning.