Megan Meuti Receives Entomological Society of America Early Career Professional Teaching Award

Aug. 22, 2018

Dr. Megan Meuti started as an assistant professor of entomology at Ohio State University (OSU) in 2016. She received dual bachelor's degrees in entomology and microbiology from Ohio State, where she also completed her Ph.D. with David Denlinger. Next she taught at Kenyon College, a top-tier small liberal arts college, for one year as a visiting professor, where she developed lecture and laboratory courses on insect biology and taught first-year students how to design experiments and write scientific-style manuscripts in an introductory biology lab.

Since joining the faculty at OSU, Dr. Meuti has continued to use research-supported techniques to improve her teaching and support student learning. For example, she developed graduate-level insect physiology lecture and laboratory courses using backward design, and taught these courses for the first time last fall. In addition to teaching general entomology, she is currently modifying two high-enrollment, online courses: "Pests, Plagues, Pollinators, and Poisons: Insects in Human Affairs," and "The Biology of Hope and Belief." She has co-authored a freely available text for Insects in Human Affairs, is increasing student engagement and dialogue in both courses, and is implementing a research study to compare learning in online and in-person classes. Outside of her formal teaching responsibilities, Dr. Meuti mentors graduate and undergraduate students in research focusing on seasonal responses in mosquitoes. She enjoys the challenge of translating science to diverse audiences. She also delights in sharing her enthusiasm for insects, evolution, and molecular biology with students ranging from freshman, nonscience majors to senior graduate students.

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