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Jonathan Dees

Senior Lecturer
Plant Biology
Miller Plant Sciences 3520

My focus is teaching, and I am currently an instructor for Principles of Biology (BIOL 1107) and study abroad programs. I advocate for active learning in the classroom and support biology education research.

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My research is in biology education, where the goal is to collect and analyze data for the purpose of improving student learning. My interests include student understanding of diagrams and the effects of undergraduate assistants in classrooms.

Selected Publications:

Ferrari B, Dees J, Armstrong N, and Kittleson J (2023). Exploring Peer Learning Assistants’ Impact on Student Performance and Perceptions in an Undergraduate Biology Course. Journal of College Science Teaching, 52(6), 15-22.

Dees J, Bussard C, and Momsen J (2018). Further Effects of Phylogenetic Tree Style on Student Comprehension in an Introductory Biology Course. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 17(2), ar17, 1-9.


PhD: Zoology and STEM Education, North Dakota State University

MS: Biology, North Dakota State University

BS: Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Articles Featuring Jonathan Dees

Congratulations to Carrie Pucko and Jonathan Dees for their promotion to Senior Lecturer! Carrie and Jonathan play important roles in the teaching mission of the Plant Biology Department and the Division of Biological Sciences.

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