Elly Vandegrift

Elly Vandergrift

Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program & Senior Instructor of Biology

ellyvan@uoregon.edu | 541-346-8982 | 141 Willamette

ACADEMIC AREAS: Science Education

Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to create classroom environments for students that are inclusive, engaged, and research-led while exploring interesting and relevant science concepts. In my courses, students are invited to work together to construct new knowledge and engage in complex ideas to build their science literacy and decision making capacity as global citizens. Daily classes employ evidence-based student-centered teaching to support learning for all students.

Past Courses

HC 441H: Bread 101

Opportunities for Students

Through the Science Literacy Program, Undergraduate SLP Scholars have opportunities to experience evidence-based student centered pedagogy while learning about the behind-the-scenes work of teaching science courses. Scholars work with a faculty mentor in a teaching team to develop and deliver classroom activities in science courses--typically general education courses for non-science majors. 

Academic Background

  • Masters: Forest Ecology, Oregon State University, 2002
  • Bachelors: Biology, Earlham College, 1997

Since joining the Science Literacy Program in 2012, I have provided teaching professional development through courses, weekly journal clubs on science education, and science education and science communication workshops for faculty and future faculty both locally and with national partners.  I also teach biology courses for non-science majors.  My publications have focused on supporting improved science education for all students. I am one of the founding members of the UO Teaching Academy that recognizes and supports teaching excellence at the University of Oregon.

Research Interests & Current Projects

My work focuses on supporting student success in the sciences at the University of Oregon through development of excellent science teachers.  The Science Literacy Program supports 30-40 courses each academic year taught by teaching teams of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students; we provide teaching professional development to the teaching teams and support implementation of active, engaged teaching. I am involved in numerous efforts on campus and nationally to improve student persistence and retention in the sciences by creating inclusive classrooms through implementation of evidence-based student-centered pedagogies.