Participate in a study!

Hello colleagues!

I am a biology faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and my colleagues and I have been funded by the National Science Foundation for a project to study the learning objectives of biology laboratories in the general education curriculum (award #2044101; abstract).

We are looking for individuals who have 5 or more years experience in teaching or designing  non-majors or mixed majors/non-majors introductory biology.

It is OK if you are not teaching currently! Recent retirees and individuals with recent experience are very welcome.

We invite you to participate in a three round Delphi study (an expert panel) to discuss and explore areas of consensus around the purpose of the biology lab experience. The panel will consist of three rounds, spaced over about five weeks, beginning March 30. Each round will be open for at least a week, and participation is anticipated to take less than an hour per round.

For your participation, we will provide a $50 Amazon gift card for each round completed ($150 total), and a letter thanking you for your service to the discipline, which you may choose to include in your tenure and promotion or review file.  

Please send me an email ( if you are interested in participating in our project, and if you would like more information on the project we can certainly provide that.


Sarah Gerken

Professor of Biological Sciences

University of Alaska, Anchorage

3101 Science Circle

Anchorage, AK 99508



Dayna J. DeFeo

Director, Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR)

Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

University of Alaska Anchorage