ELEANOR VANDEGRIFT is the Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program and a Senior Instructor in Biology.  Elly supports classroom teaching and science communication for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who co-teach SLP courses or participate in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club.  Elly is the Alan Alda Center for Communication Science Affiliate Director for the UO, member of the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching Leadership Team, and active with the Northwest PULSE community to promote national STEM reform efforts.

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:


Vandegrift, E.V.H., S. Dawson. (2016). Sex and gender: What does it mean to be female or male? CourseSource. 3:1-6.

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.

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.



Contact Elly Vandegrift:

  • email – ellyvan <at> uoregon <dot> edu
  • phone –  541-346-8982