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John R. Waters

Teaching Professor of Biology, Anthropology and Associate Head for Biology Undergraduate Education
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Ph.D., Penn State University, 2008
M.S., Illinois State University, 1992
B.S., University of Illinois, 1986


Eberly College of Science: C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
Eberly College of Science Teaching Evaluations: Recognized as one of the "Most Highly Rated Faculty" for fall semester, 2011
University wide aware finalist: George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010
Kappa Delta Teacher Recognition, 2009
Residence Life Faculty Recognition (from first year students), 2009 & 2011
Chi Omega Sorority Teaching Award, 2008
Alpha Chi Sigma (professional chemistry fraternity), Outstanding Professor Award, 2006

Research Interests

My primary interest is in the area of science education. I am attempting to identify effective teaching methods for lecture and laboratory settings. While I do not supervise a formal laboratory research program in the Department of Biology, I do enjoy collaborating with colleagues in Penn State's Department of Educational Psychology, and working with graduate and undergraduate students who are also interested in conducting research in educational psychology and biology education.