Lisa Webb 
Assistant Professor, Biology

  • Education

    Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences) 2001. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 
    M.Ed. (Science Education) 1995. The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 
    B.A. (Chemistry) 1985. Maryville College, Maryville, TN.
  • Past Science Education Experience

    Before pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Webb taught high school chemistry, physics and physical science for seven years (1988-1995) in Gwinnett County, Georgia. During that time, she was twice selected as a finalist for Shiloh High School Teacher of the Year (1992 and 1994).
  • Other past science education experience of note includes:

    • While pursuing (postbaccalaureate) teacher licensure, tutored and mentored secondary and collegiate level students in science and mathematics at the Maryville College Learning Center. (1987-1988)
    • Recipient of a TRAC (Teachers as Researchers and Colleagues) Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy to spend a summer working with the Professional Training Programs staff at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Developed educational modules for training students and participants. (1992)
    • Invited participant in the NSF-sponsored Working Conference on Science for Students with Disabilities. This conference focused on developing and sharing strategies to make science accessible to all students. Awarded an NSF Travel Grant to attend. (1994)
    • Principal Investigator of an AT&T Mini-Grant to fund Student Demonstrations: A Non-Traditional Approach to Science Learning. This mini-grant funded a program I developed that allowed high school students to research and/or develop demonstrations illustrating scientific principles and present their demonstrations in a public forum. Audiences included parents, peers, and school system personnel. (1994)
    • One of 100 National Finalists for the Tandy Technology Scholars Award, presented at the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) National Conference to science educators. (1995)
    • Invited speaker at the Maryville College Alumni Science Symposium. Presented a seminar on genetics research to undergraduate students, professors and alumni. Title of seminar: Of Mice and Men: Using Mouse Models to Dissect a Complex Human Disease. (2002)
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow (Molecular Genetics, Hematology) at The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME. (2001-2004) Principal Investigator of two funded fellowships during that time: the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (National Institutes of Health Award #1F32HL072254-01A1) and the Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Fellowship (1 of 4 national awards from the National Hemophilia Foundation).
  • Current Science Education Experience

    Dr. Webb is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of courses at CNU, including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Introductory Biology, and Senior Seminar. She mentors undergraduate science majors in laboratory research at CNU and (in the summer) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and directs the thesis research of students in the Environmental Science (M.S.) graduate program. She also teaches a course in the graduate (M.A.T.) program in teacher education. 
    She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Science Education Review, sits on the CNU Teacher Preparation Council, and is involved in developing the curriculum for the introductory Molecular and Cellular Biology course for biology majors (BIOL 201) at CNU. She is a member of several scientific organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association, the International Mammalian Genome Society and the Virginia Academy of Science.
  • Other current science education experience of note includes:

    • Invited participant in the BrooksCole/Thomson (Russell) Focus Group on Teaching Introductory Biology to Biology Majors. (2007)
    • Awarded two FaST (Faculty and Student Teams) Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a team of undergraduate students conducting (summer) research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2006-2007)
    • Principal Investigator of two CNU Faculty Development Grants and one CNU Dean's Office Grant. (2004-2007)
    • Presented two papers on using research teams as the vehicle for including various underrepresented groups (e.g. minorities, underachievers, non-traditional students) in scientific research. Papers presentation at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science and at the CNU University Faculty Conference on Teaching, Learning, Scholarship and Research. (2006)
    • Received a summer Guest Appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to perform research and mentor a high school science teacher. (2005)
    • Invited presenter of a Biology Workshop for Middle/High School Students and Teachers at the Math is InExtravaganza Day at CNU. (2005)