MS from Central Michigan University, 2006
Melissa Haswell has research interests in both ecology and science education. While obtaining her master’s degree in conservation biology, her ecological research involved the study of winter bird-feeder use of the White-breasted Nuthatch and dominance hierarchy in Black-capped Chickadees. She also studied the nesting and reproductive behavior of Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, and Tree Swallows during her two and a half years working for Michigan State University as a wildlife technician and research assistant on the Tittabawassee River Ecological Risk Assessment.
Melissa’s science education research stems from her doctoral research in educational leadership in science education, which focuses on social justice aspects of science education including women and minorities; departmental culture; development of scholarly identity of faculty; and the implementation of various learning modalities such as case-based learning, problem-based learning, and dialogue education as applied to biology education.
She is a Science Case Network Fellow with the National Science Foundation, as well as a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive Faculty Mentoring Network Curriculum Consortium. Melissa actively works to incorporate case-based learning and assessment, as well as other forms of authentic learning modalities, into her courses.