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Associate Professor; Associate Director, HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative at JMU
Year Started at JMU: 2014
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Research Description

Dr. Harsh's research focuses on understanding student experiences, performance, and engagement in postsecondary science. In exploring this central theme, his research group is currently working on four projects investigating how course-based and apprenticeship-like undergraduate research experiences benefit students, the development of students’ data visualization skills, how students navigate scientific challenges and failure, and the design and implementation of teaching and learning practices that support students of diverse backgrounds.

  • BIO150 Foundations of Biology II
  • BIO600 Effective College Teaching
  • ISCI173 Life and Environmental Science for Future Teachers

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  • PhD in Science Education, 2014, Indiana University
  • MS in Botany and Plant Pathology, 2003, Michigan State University
  • BS in Biology, 2000, Indiana University
Select Publications
  • Greenman, N. A., Jurgensen, S. K., Holmes, C. P., 2nd, Kapsak, C. J., Davis, R. E., Maza, W. M., … Herrick, J. B. 2021. Genomics of environmental Salmonella: Engaging students in the microbiology and bioinformatics of foodborne pathogens. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, 592422.
  • Limeri, L.B., Asif, M.Z., Bridges, B.H., Esparza, D., Tuma, T.T., Sanders, D., Morrison, A.J., Rao, P., Harsh, J.A., Maltese, A.V. and Dolan, E.L., 2019. “Where’s My Mentor?!” Characterizing Negative Mentoring Experiences in Undergraduate Life Science Research. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 18(4), p.ar61.
  • Harsh, J. A., Campillo, M.*, Murray, C., Myers, C.*, Nguyen, J.*, & Maltese, A. V. 2019. “Seeing” Data Like an Expert: An Eye-Tracking Study Using Graphical Data Representations. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 18(3), ar32.

*indicates student co-author

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