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Staci N. Johnson, M.S., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, Biology Education Researcher

Dr. Staci N. Johnson is Associate Professor of Biology at Southern Wesleyan University. She currently teaches a variety of courses that focus on biological content, writing proficiency, college and career readiness skills, and ethics.

The SJohnson Research Group is composed of undergraduates students and conducts research in both animal physiology and education. To date, grant funding from SCICU has supported these projects ($8500).

Courses Taught

  • Biol 1054 - Survey of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biol 1104 - Introduction to Biology
  • Biol 2454 - Introduction to Animal Science
  • Biol 3104 - Microbiology, Laboratory is taught using a Course Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)
  • Biol 3313 - Bioethics
  • Biol 4273 - Developmental Biology
  • Biol 4900 - Special Topics in Biology - Science Fair Administration
  • Semr 2021 - Cornerstone Natural Science Seminar
  • Semr 2051 - Scientific Literacy
  • Semr 4051 - Capstone Natural Science Seminar
(Top Left) Dr. Johnson celebrates notification of a SCICU Undergraduate Student/ Faculty Research grant with Leah Moorefield (Class of 2017); (Top Middle) Dr. Ashlee Tietje and Dr. Johnson celebrate graduation with Will Vess (Class of 2017); (Top Right) Dr. Johnson's inaugural Biol 2454 - Introduction to Animal Science course (Fall 2016) visited several livestock farms and are shown here with sheep; (Middle Left) Courses are often taught using Team-Based Learning (TBL) which asks student teams to solve real-world problems and present their conclusions simultaneously; (Middle Middle) Dr. Johnson demonstrates the process of diffusion; (Middle Right) Biol 2454 students raise chickens from hatching to market. (Bottom Left) Southern Wesleyan University biology faculty, Dr. Jeff Mohr, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Michele Eller traveled with undergraduate researchers to the 2020 SCICU Undergraduate Research Symposium in February 2020, (Bottom Right) Jessica Sparks (Class of 2019, accepted student at Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine) presents her research at the SCICU Symposium.

Current Research Projects

  • Cognitive Processes in Undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology Students (CPAP) This project encompasses continuing data analysis and publications from Dr. Johnson's dissertation work.
  • Definitions Project - Lexi Mathis (Class of 2022) and Ara Singleton (Class of 2021) are undertaking this project to learn more about student definitions of commonly used education terms (learning, memorizing, studying, understanding).
  • Impacts of High-Fat Diets on Reproductive Hormone Levels - Emily Corriher and Haley McLaughlin (Class of 2021) are undertaking this project in summer/ fall 2020.
  • Ethics Network for Course-based Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (ENCOUR) Fellow - My project will focus on teaching and measuring student knowledge of data acquisition & management in the context of a CURE.
  • Advancing Diversity & Minority Retention in Natural Sciences (ADMiRe- Natural Sciences) - This project is currently under under revision for resubmission to the National Science Foundation for funding to begin in Summer 2022.

About Me

  • Associate Professor of Biology and Division Chair, Division of Science - Southern Wesleyan University, Central SC (current)
  • Ph.D. Engineering & Science Education, Clemson University (2019)
  • M.S. Animal Physiology, Clemson University (1999)
  • B.S. Animal Science- Science & Technology, University of Tennessee- Knoxville (1997)

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Society of the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER): Member of the Co-Chair of the Website Committees
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Eta Delta Beta Advisor
  • Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC)
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS)

Peer-Reviewed Teaching Products

Johnson, S. N. (2020). Value of Mistakes. Making Mistakes Using R. Exploring Universal Design for Learning with BIOMAAP, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/H6A0-VZ81

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