Science Teacher Preparation Program
Lisa Elfring

Lisa Elfring

LSS 252

Duties in the program:

Dr. Elfring is one of the two biology advisors for the program. She co-teaches, with Jo Quintenz, the Biology Teaching Methods course (BIOC 434).

Educational background:

  • B.A. in Biology, 1987, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, 1994, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Postdoctoral research in cell and developmental biology at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, 1994-1997

Areas of specialty/interest:

  • Teacher professional development
  • College faculty development with respect to teaching
  • Teaching large-enrollment courses using learner-centered teaching techniques
  • Distance learning in teacher education
  • Ipact of authentic research experiences on teachers

Teaching experience:

Dr. Elfring is the Chair of the General Biology master's degree program for secondary science teachers. She teaches graduate-level courses in biology and education in that program. She has taught these courses traditionally taught during the summers and recently as distance-learning courses during the school year.

During the school year, she teaches Biology Teaching Methods and also one section of Introductory Biology, MCB 181. She has recently taught two graduate-level courses on Graduate Student Survival Skills for students across campus.