Michelle Smith

Associate Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Academic focus:

Discipline-Based Education Research in Biology

Current research project: 

“Developing, Disseminating, and Understanding the Usefulness of Resources for Evidence-Based Undergraduate Biology Teaching”

Previous positions: 

  • Associate Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, and Research in STEM Education Center, University of Maine, 2016-2018
  • Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, and Research in STEM Education Center, University of Maine,, 2011-2016
  • Lecturer, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, 2010-2011
  • Science Teaching Fellow and Research Associate, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, University of Colorado, 2007-2010

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Washington, 2006
  • M.S., Biology, University of Dayton, 2000
  • B.A., Hanover College, 1998

Last book read:

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

In your own time/when not working:

Spending time with my family.  We enjoy hiking, cooking, having friends over, and reading.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

A graduate-level course about using evidence-based teaching and non-majors evolution

What most excites you about Cornell:

Getting to know and work with the students.  Also, the growing and enthusiastic community of people who are passionate about college teaching and education research.