BICB Colloquium: Kelsey Metzger
Title: From Bioinformatics to Learning Informatics and Back Again
Abstract: Dr. Kelsey Metzger is a broadly trained educator-scholar, with expertise in molecular, evolutionary, and computational biology as well as discipline-based education research (DBER) and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). In her current role as a tenured faculty member at the University of Minnesota Rochester, her research focuses on investigating undergraduate student learning and development, and the efficacy of innovative curricula and pedagogical practices. She is also the Director of Faculty Development at UMR, with a focus on supporting new faculty in their transition to UMR and the adoption of high-impact practices, as well as sustaining a culture of scholarly teaching and connection.
Prior to arriving at UMR in 2009, Dr. Metzger completed her doctoral work at Idaho State University, with research that focused on examining molecular models of evolution in the CC chemokine receptor family of human proteins. Dr. Metzger was drawn to a faculty position at UMR because of the focus on using data-rich and longitudinal approaches to understanding student learning in higher education.
In this presentation, Dr. Metzger will describe her academic background, provide some highlights from recently completed research projects, and conclude with consideration of future directions, including looking ahead to a strengthened connection between UMR’s undergraduate BSHS degree program and UMR’s BICB graduate programs.