Debra Linton
Debra LintonAssistant Professor
Brooks Hall 164, 165, 166


  • B.S., University of Akron, 1990
  • M.S., University of Akron, 1992
  • Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 1999
  • Postdoc, Michigan State University, 2002-2004

Teaching Areas

Introductory Biology, Science Teaching Methods

Research Fields

Biology Education, Preservice Teacher Training

Current Research Projects

My research is focused on biology education at all levels. My lab conducts research in undergraduate biology education, including testing the effectiveness of inquiry-based instruction, cooperative group work, undergraduate research experiences, and newly designed instructional modules in promoting student learning in biology.

We also work on improving K-16 teacher quality in the life sciences through research on preservice teacher training and by providing professional development workshops at all levels.

Selected Publications

  • Speth, EB, Momsen, JL, Moyerbrailean GA, Ebert-May D, Long T, Wyse S, and Linton DL. 2010. 1, 2, 3, 4: Infusing quantitative literacy into introductory biology. CBE – Life Sciences Education 9: 323-332.
  • Ebert-May D, Linton DL, Hodder J, and Long T. 2005. Active homework – preparation for active classes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment [Pathways to Scientific Teaching series] 3(5): 283-284.