Associate Director, Office of Academic Programs
Senior Lecturer, Microbiology
As a senior lecturer in Microbiology, I currently teach a course in Public Health Microbiology. My academic focus is on incorporating and assessing student-centered learning into different classroom environments. Through my role as Associate Director of the CALS Office of Academic Programs, I provide support for a variety of teaching and learning projects across the college.
My research focuses on scientific teaching-- how do we know our students are learning? Working with graduate students in the department, we have developed and evaluated new teaching tools.
As a senior lecturer in Microbiology, my current professional focus is on incorporating student-centered learning into our many different classroom environments, and assessment of that learning. Through my role as Associate Director of the CALS Office of Academic Programs, I provide support for teaching and learning across the college.
Areas Of Expertise
- Science Education
- Student Centered Learning
- Merkel, S. M. (2016). American Society for Microbiology resources in support of an evidence-based approach to teaching microbiology. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 363.
- Merkel, S. M., & the ASM Task Force on Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology, (2012). The Development of Curricular Guidelines for Introductory Microbiology that Focus on Understanding. JMBE: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 13:32-38.
- Merkel, S. M., Hanson, B., & Parks, A. (2010). A Small Group Activity About Bacterial Regulation And Complementation. JMBE: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 11:152-155.
- Merkel, S. M., Walman, L., & Leventhal, J. (2000). An Evaluation of Computer Based Instruction in Microbiology. Microbiology Education. 1:14-19.
- Master of Science
- Bachelor of Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Awards & Honors
- Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015) American Society for Microbiology
- Innovative Teaching Award (2011) Cornell CALS
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