- Ph.D. in biochemistry, University of Kentucky
About Teaching and CourseSource
Paula Lemons is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia (UGA). She has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky, where she investigated the molecular mechanisms controlling blood platelet exocytosis. She was a postdoctoral teaching fellow and Professor of the Practice at Duke University in the Department of Biology. At Duke, Paula conducted her first work in developing active learning materials with a focus on problem-based learning and case-based instruction. She also discovered education research while at Duke, collaborating with education researchers in mathematics to investigate the role of teaching assistants in facilitating small-group learning environments and biology education researchers to investigate critical thinking in the biology classroom. Paula became an Assistant Professor at the UGA in 2009. During her time at Georgia, Paula has developed a vibrant discipline-based education research group funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. Her group investigates the thinking and practices of college biology instructors who engage in professional development, seeking to determine better ways to support their use of evidence-based educational practices. Paula’s group also investigates biochemistry learning, focusing on learning and instruction about noncovalent interactions and metabolic pathway dynamics. Paula’s work has been published in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, CBE-Life Sciences Education, BioScience, and the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. She teaches Introductory Biochemistry for science and engineering majors. Paula promotes discipline-based education research and its applications through her leadership of the Scientists Engaged in Education Research Center and the Department and Leadership Teams for Action institutional transformation project, both at UGA. Given her extensive work in studying and promoting evidence-based practice in undergraduate education, Paula is eager to contribute to the publication of high-quality lessons through CourseSource.