Melinda Owens

Assistant Teaching Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego


I am a new Assistant Teaching Professor in the Division of Biology at UCSD. After earning a PhD in neuroscience and teaching for several years at a variety of institutions, I did a postdoctoral fellowship in Biology Education with Kimberly Tanner at SFSU. My main research focuses are professional development for college biology instructors and development of a new, easy-to-use tool for measuring how much active learning occurs in college classrooms, Decibel Analysis for Research in Teaching (DART). My teaching is grounded in employing active learning and iteratively analyzing student understanding to allow *all* students to learn biology. I look forward to meeting others and collaborating on teaching and education research!


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