ELEANOR VANDEGRIFT is the Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program and a Senior Instructor in Biology. Elly works with UO science faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who wish to co-teach SLP courses, participate in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, or improve their classroom pedagogy techniques. In addition, to her work with the program Elly is active with the Northwest PULSE community and Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education to promote national STEM reform efforts. She was named a National Academies Education Fellow in 2013-14 and a National Academies Education Mentor 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Before joining the Science Literacy Program, Elly worked with science students to cultivate academic success through the Teaching and Learning Center and facilitated teacher training opportunities for the Teaching Effectiveness Program. Elly completed her undergraduate work in biology at Earlham College and her graduate work in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University where she studied the genetic diversity of saprotrophic fungi in Oregon forests. Elly has taught a diversity of science pedagogy, biology, anatomy & physiology, and academic skills courses at UO, Lane Community College, and Earlham College. Elly’s best teachers are her two young children and husband who introduce her to new ideas everyday and remind her to live in the moment.
Selected Workshops Facilitated:
- National Academies 2014 and 2015 West Coast Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education
- NWBIO 2015 Experience Backward Design in Practice: Start with the End in Mind
- Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching 2015 Backward Design in Practice
- AAC&U Annual Meeting 2015 Teaching for the 21st Century
- SLP 2014 Backward Design in Practice -or– How We Developed a Classroom Activity About Science and Society
- AAAS 2014 Thinking Skills for the 21st Century: Teaching for Transfer
- AAC&U General Education 2014 General Education Transformation Focused on Science Literacy and Science Communication
- 2013 Nagoya University and Japan Global 30 Faculty Professional Development Workshop
- TEP 2011 Diversity in Scientific Teaching
- TEP 2011 Assessment in Scientific Teaching
- NWBIO 2010 Diversity in Scientific Teaching
- TEP 2010 Active Learning in Scientific Teaching
- TEP 2010 Scientific Teaching
Mulnix, Amy B., Eleanor V. H. Vandegrift, and S. Raj Chaudhury (2016). How Important is Achieving Equity in Undergraduate STEM Education to You?. Journal of College Science Teaching. 45 (4): 8-11.
Beghetto, R.B., J. Eisen, P. O’Day, and M. Raymer and E.V.H. Vandegrift (In review). SCIENCE Literacy in Undergraduate Non-Science Majors: An Initial Exploration of Conceptions and Correlates.
Chadhury, S.R., L Mandeltort, A.B. Mulnix, E.V.H. Vandegrift, and J.B. Yates. (2015). Using Scientific Visualization to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Core Concepts. In Eds D.M. Baylen, A. D’Alba. Essentials of Using and Integrating Visual and Media Literacy — Visualizing Learning. Springer.
Mulnix, A.B. and E.V.H. Vandegrift. 2014. A Tipping Point in STEM Education Reform. Journal of College Science Teaching. 43(3):12-14.
Vandegrift, E.V.H., H. Chen, and M.E. Harmon. 2007. Fungal diversity within decomposing woody conifer roots in Oregon, U.S.A.. Northwest Science. 81(2): 125-137.
- Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club
- Bio/Chem 140: Science, Policy, and Biology
- HC 441H: Bread 101
- Bio/Chem/Geol/Phys 407/507: Seminar Teaching Science
- CAS 101H: Reacting to the Past
- Science for the rest of us: UO fights for science literacy Mike Mendoza, Oregon Daily Emerald, November 2015
- Teaching Science so it Sticks Dan Berrett, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2015
- Telling the Story of Scientific Research Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, May 2015
- Bread 101 Bonnie Henderson, Oregon Quarterly, Spring 2015
- The Bread Dough Did Rise Jim Barlow, Around the O, Spring 2014
- Science Literacy Program Excels Through Active Learning Around the O, Summer 2013
- The Science of Good Teaching: Program Invites Wide-Ranging Innovation, Lee Rumbarger, TEP Blog, June 2013.
Contact Elly Vandegrift:
- email – ellyvan <at> uoregon <dot> edu
- phone – 541-346-8982