Julie Reynolds, Associate Professor of the Practice

Curriculum Vitae (Abridged)

Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0038
(919) 681-6899 (office)
julie.a.reynolds@duke.edu (email)

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley2001
M.S.University of California at Davis1994
B.A.Pomona College1990
Areas of Research

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Science Literacy and Civic Engagement, Writing-to-learn pedagogies

Employment History

Duke University
Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Biology, 2013 - present
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biology, 2013 - present
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Biology Department, 2010 - 2013
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biology Department, 2010 - 2013
Director, Certificate in Teaching College Biology, Biology Department, 2009 - 2011
Lecturer, Department of Biology, 2008-2010
Instructor, Biology Department, 2007 - 2008
Mellon Instructor in Writing and Biology, University Writing Program and Biology Department, 2004 - 2007
Mellon Fellow, University Writing Program, 2002 - 2004
Visiting Positions
Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003 - 2004
Honors and Awards

ESA Senior Fellow, Ecological Society of America, August, 2013
ACC Teaching Scholar, Unknown, 2009-present
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, 2000
Mellon Fellowship, Duke University, 2002-2007
Recent Grant Support

  • Collaborative Research: Accelerating the Pace of Research and Implementation of Writing-to-Learn Pedagogies Across STEM Disciplines, National Science Foundation, 2015/09-2020/08.      
  • Determining the relative impact of community, mentoring, and research on STEM persistence and literacy, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 52008209, 2015/03-2018/02.      
  • Collaborative Research: Understanding the Role of Writing in Promoting Learning and Engagement for Diverse Thesis Writer, National Science Foundation, DUE-1225768, 2012/09-2016/08.      

Publications   (search)


  1. J.A. Reynolds, How do I write a scientific paper? A college student's primer on fundamentals and tips for success (1999), Burgess Publishing, Edina, Minnesota
  2. Reynolds, J, How do I write a scientific paper? A college student’s primer on fundamentals and tips for success (1999), Burgess Publishing

Papers Published

  1. Dowd, JE; Thompson, RJ; Schiff, LA; Reynolds, JA, Understanding the complex relationship between critical thinking and science reasoning among undergraduate thesis writers, CBE-Life Sciences Education, vol. 17 no. 1 (March, 2018) [doi[abs]
  2. Smith, R; Reynolds, J, Breaking into science writing, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 15 no. 9 (November, 2017), pp. 525-526 [doi]
  3. Reynolds, J; Dowd, J; Thompson, R, Quantitative Genre Analysis of Undergraduate Theses: Uncovering Different Ways of Writing and Thinking in Science Disciplines, The WAC Journal, vol. 27 (2016), pp. 36-51
  4. Dowd, JE; Roy, CP; Thompson, RJ; Reynolds, JA, “On Course” for Supporting Expanded Participation and Improving Scientific Reasoning in Undergraduate Thesis Writing, Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 92 no. 1 (January, 2015), pp. 39-45, ISSN 0021-9584 [doi]
  5. Dowd, JE; Connolly, MP; Thompson, RJ; Reynolds, JA, Improved Reasoning in Undergraduate Writing through Structured Workshops, The Journal of economic education, vol. 46 no. 1 (January, 2015), pp. 14-27, ISSN 0022-0485 [doi]
  6. Dowd, JE; Duncan, T; Reynolds, JA, Concept Maps for Improved Science Reasoning and Writing: Complexity Isn't Everything., CBE-Life Sciences Education, vol. 14 no. 4 (January, 2015), pp. ar39 [doi[abs]
  7. Reynolds, JA; Lowman, MD, Promoting ecoliteracy through research service-learning and citizen science, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 11 no. 10 (2013), pp. 565-566, ISSN 1540-9295 [doi]
  8. Abraham, JK; Reynolds, JA, Human diversity in science, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 11 no. 3 (2013), pp. 115-, ISSN 1540-9295 [doi]
  9. Reynolds, JA; Thaiss, C; Katkin, W; Thompson, RJ, Writing-to-learn in undergraduate science education: a community-based, conceptually driven approach., CBE-Life Sciences Education, vol. 11 no. 1 (2012), pp. 17-25 [22383613], [doi[abs]
  10. Goldberg, R; Caves, K; Reynolds, JA, Improving the quality of writing in a capstone engineering design course, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings (2011), American Society for Engineering Education, Vancouver BC [fetch[abs]
  11. III, C; FS, ; Power, ME; Pickett, STA; Freitag, A; Reynolds, JA; Jackson, RB; Lodge, DM; Duke, C; Collins, SL; Power, AG; Bartuska, A, Earth Stewardship: science for action to sustain the human-earth system, Ecosphere, vol. 2 no. 8 (2011), pp. art89 [doi]
  12. Reynolds, JA; Thompson, RJ, Want to improve undergraduate thesis writing? Engage students and their faculty readers in scientific peer review., CBE-Life Sciences Education, vol. 10 no. 2 (2011), pp. 209-215 [21633069], [doi[abs]
  13. Reynolds, JA; Ahern-Dodson, J, Promoting science literacy through Research Service-Learning, an emerging pedagogy with significant benefits for students, faculty, universities, and communities, Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 39 no. 6 (2010) [abs]
  14. Reynolds, J, When communicating with diverse audiences, use VELCRO to make science stick, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, vol. 90 no. 3 (2009), pp. 297-304 [297[abs]
  15. Reynolds, J; Smith, R; Moskovitz, C; Sayle, A, BioTAP: A systematic approach to teaching scientific writing and evaluating undergraduate theses, BioScience (BioOne), vol. 59 no. 10 (2009), pp. 896-903, ISSN 0006-3568 [doi[abs]
  16. Reynolds, JA; Moskovitz, C, Calibrated Peer Review™ assignments in science courses: Are they designed to promote critical thinking and writing skills?, Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 38 no. 2 (2008), pp. 60-66 [abs]
  17. Reynolds, JA; Russell, V, Can You Hear Us Now?: A comparison of peer review quality when students give audio versus written feedback, Writing Across the Curriculum Journal, vol. 19 (2008), pp. 29-44 [pdf[abs]
  18. Reynolds, J; Vogel, S, Precisely! A writing exercise for science and engineering classes, Journal of College Science Teaching, vol. 36 no. 5 (2007), pp. 30-33 [pqdlink[abs]
  19. Reynolds, JA; Wilen, JE, The sea urchin fishery: Harvesting, processing, and the market, Marine Resource Economics, vol. 15 no. 2 (2000), pp. 115-126 [abs]
  20. Reynolds, JA, Quantifying habitat associations in marine fisheries: A generalization of the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic using commercial logbook records linked to archived environmental data, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol. 60 no. 4 (2003), pp. 370-378 [doi[abs]
  21. Leadley, PW; Reynolds, JA; Thomas, JF; Reynolds, JF, Effects of CO 2 Enrichment on Internal Leaf Surface Area in Soybeans, Botanical Gazette, vol. 148 no. 2 (June, 1987), pp. 137-140, ISSN 0006-8071 [doi]

Book Chapters

  1. Lemons, P; Reynolds, JA; Curtin, A; Bissell, A, Improving Critical-Thinking Skills in Introductory Biology Through Quality Practice and Metacognition, in Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning, edited by M. Kaplan, N. Silver, D. LaVaque-Manty, & D. Meizlish, (2013), pp. 232 pages, Stylus Publishing, LLC, ISBN 1579228275 [abs]
  2. Thaiss, C; Reynolds, JA, How Writing-to-Learn Practices Improve Student Learning: Connecting Research and Practice through a Consideration of Mechanisms of Effect, in Changing the Conversation about Higher Education, edited by Thompson, RJ (2013), pp. 216 pages, Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 1475801858 [abs]
  3. Reynolds, J, Disciplinary-Specific Thesis Assessment Protocol: A validated rubric that promotes student learning and faculty development, in Changing the Conversation about Higher Education, edited by Thompson, RJ (2013), pp. 216 pages, Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 1475801858 [abs]
  4. Ye, J; Reynolds, JF; Reynolds, JA; Herrick, JE; Wu, J; Chuluun, T; Li, F-M; Long, R, New Ecology Education: Preparing Students for the Complex Human- Environmental Problems of Dryland East Asia, in Dryland East Asia (DEA): Land Dynamics Amid Social And Climate Change, edited by Chen, J; Wan, S; Henebry, G; Qi, J; Gutman, G; Sun, G; Kappas, M (2013), pp. 470 pages, Walter de Gruyter, ISBN 3110287862 [abs]

Published Abstracts

  1. J.A. Reynolds and R. Thompson, Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Theses by Teaching the Conventions of Scientific Writing and Professional Peer Review, Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, vol. 11 no. 1 (2010), pp. 97 [pdf_18[abs]


  1. Beck, C; Klemow, K; Paulson, J; Bernstein, A; Lam, M; Middendorf, G; Reynolds, J; Belanger, K; Cardelus, C; Cid, C; Doshi, S; Gerardo, N; Jablonski, L; Kimmel, H; Lowman, M; Macrae-Crerar, A; Pohlad, B; Roode, JD; Thomas, C, Add ecology to the pre-medical curriculum, Science, vol. 335 no. 6074 (2012), pp. 1301-, ISSN 0036-8075 [doi]
Professional Service

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2013 - present  
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2010 - 2013  
Major Advisor
Biology major advisor, 2010 - present  
PreMajor Advisor
Pre-major advisor, Academic Advising, 2009 - present  
Dept Officer
Director, Certificate in Teaching College Biology, 2009 - 2012  
Dept Committee
Chair, Teaching Consultation Committee, 2010 - present  
Curriculum Committee, 2010 - present  
Honors Thesis Selection Commitee, 2009 - present
   This committee reviews all honors theses submitted by biology majors and selects those that will be awarded "high honors"  
Biology Department Gateway courses committee, 2009  
Steering Committee, Certificate in Teaching College Biology, 2008  
Teaching Consultation Committee, 2004 - 2006  
Steering Committee, Biology Teaching Certificate Program, 2005  
Univ Committee
Prehealth Coordinating Committee, 2010 - present  
Technology Advisory Committee for the Arts & Sciences Council, 2012 - 2015  
Success in Science/Math Education Committee (convened by Dean Calderbank), 2011 - 2012  
Advisory Board member, Duke Center for Science Education, 2010 - present  
Papers Refereed
Facilitator : ASM Biology Scholars Program, Research Residency Summer Institute, Facilitator : ASM Biology Scholars Program, Research Residency Summer Institute. 2010, 2010 - present  
Reviewer : BioScience, Reviewer : BioScience. 2009, 2009 - present  
Reviewer : CBE -- Life Science Education, Reviewer : CBE -- Life Science Education. 2009, 2009 - present  
Subject matter editor : Ecosphere (newest journal of the Ecological Society of America), Subject matter editor : Ecosphere (newest journal of the Ecological Society of America). 2010, 2010  
Reviewer : Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Reviewer : Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 2010, 2010  
Reviewer : Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, Reviewer : Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. 2009, 2009  
Reviewer : EcoEd digital library, Reviewer : EcoEd digital library. 2009, 2009  
Univ Services
Faculty Advisor for Duham DukeEngage Interns, DukeEngage, 2007 - 2010
   I designed and led a DukeEngage program at the Eno River State Park, supervising 9 interns between 2007-2010. For more information, see http://research.duke.edu/magnet/  
Search Committee, University Writing Program, 2004 - 2005  
Steering Committee, University Writing Program, 2003 - 2004  
Advisory Board, Deliberations, the journal of first year writing at Duke University, 2003  
Special Projects
Vice President for Education and Human Resources, Ecological Society of America, 2012 - 2015
   I am a member of the ESA governing board, as well as the chair of the Committee for Diversity and Education, and the chair of the Diversity Award Committee.  
Faculty Advisor, Journal of Young Investigators, 2012 - 2013
Workshop organizer and facilitator, Resources for Ecology Education: Fair & Share (REEFS), 2010 - 2012  
Chair, Education Section of Ecological Society of America, 2009 - 2011  
Workshop organizer and facilitator, Advancing Planetary Stewardship through Innovative Education and Outreach, August 05, 2010  
Reviewer, Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting symposium proposals, 2009  
Service to the Community
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, October 01, 2012
   Led a student discussion about the Ethics of Food at the NCSSM Ethics and Leadership Annual Retreat.  
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, May 16, 2012
   As part of the professional development program for science faculty, I led a workshop on how to teach students to conduct high-quality peer review in science classes.  
Facilitator, Ecology and Education Summit: Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World, October 14, 2010 - October 16, 2010  
Workshop organizer and facilitator, Resources for Ecology Education: Fair & Share (REEFS), August 02, 2010  
Education Committee, Eno River Association, 2007 - 2010  
Research Advisory Committee, NC Division of Parks & Recreation, 2007 - 2009
   This committee helps the NC Division of Parks & Recreation set a research agenda. I was invited to participate due to my active research program within the Eno River State Park (Durham, NC).  
Faculty Advisor for "Helping Paws," a student service club, 2004 - 2005  

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