Department of Biology
Biology Faculty Profile
Rachelle Spell
Professor of Pedagogy
rachelle.spell@emory.edu
Office Phone: 404-727-5828 | Office Room: Rollins 2015
Office Address: Emory University, Department of Biology, O. Wayne Rollins Research Center, 1510 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta , GA 30322

Research Area:
Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Degree:

B.S., Wake Forest University, 1987
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1993

My teaching spans graduate lectures on recombination to a mini-course on evolution to Tibetan monks, from large introductory biology classes to small research courses on genome stability. Fantastic experiences developing research-based courses inspire my work as PI with my colleague, Chris Beck, on an NSF-funded network of faculty, REIL-Biology, whose mission it is to bridge the divide between the biology education community and disciplinary researchers in biology to bring authentic research to students in intro lab courses.

I am passionate yet realistic in my efforts to disseminate evidence-based teaching practices.

My scholarship and service as Director of Undergraduate Studies address these research questions:

1. Despite the identification and dissemination of evidence-based teaching techniques, why has the adoption of these techniques remained low?

2. How can institutional factors (departmental governance, promotion standards, and mentoring practices) influence the adoption and sustainability of best teaching practices?

3. What type of formative and summative teaching evaluation mechanisms best support the development of evidence-based teaching practices?


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