Dr. Melody Russell

russellm Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education
Department of Curriculum and Teaching
Auburn University, AL 36849-5212
(334) 844-6880 phone
(334) 844-6789 fax

Dr. Melody Russell has been at Auburn University since 2002. She received her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2000. Dr. Russell's research interests include equity and social justice in STEM and Science Education; enhancing the participation of traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM degree programs and STEM careers; professional development for preservice and inservice teachers relative to strategies that promote, motivate, and engage students in meaningful learning and understanding of science through inquiry based instruction; and promoting informal science education (afterschool programs, summer outreach programs) to expand perspectives on how science is traditionally viewed and taught to enhance persistence and engagement in STEM for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations in both rural and urban areas in the STEM (precollege, undergraduate and graduate level).

Dr. Russell's teaching interests include preparing preservice teachers to effectively educate students from culturally diverse backgrounds.  In addition, to supervising interns in secondary level science education, she currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Academic Degrees
Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2000. Science Education. 
M.S.   University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1994. Biological Science                
B.S.  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, 1991.  Laboratory Animal Science.

Professional Experience     

2009 - Present   Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education, Auburn University
2002 - 2009   Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education, Auburn University  
2001 - 2002       Assistant Professor of Science Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 
2001   Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA  Physics Educator  
2001   University of Georgia, Athens, GA Part-time Assistant Professor/Science Education   
2000   Athens Technical College, Athens, GA Adjunct Assistant Professor

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