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University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5983 College of Mathematics & Science HOH 301K , Box 89

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Lecturer, Biology Department

Office: HOH 301K



Ms. Derakhshan is a lecturer of biology. She was born in Ahvaz, a city in the southwest of Iran/Persia and the capital of Khuzestan province. She lived in this oil rich city and its neighbors like Haft Tapeh while her father, a businessman, ran the oil/asphalt/machinery company. Sugar cane fields were her favorite place to enjoy the sweets and play with friends. At a very young age, she learned about diversity & different cultures, as her father’s job demanded him to work with all kinds of people from around the globe and so were some of her friends. She liked to be out of the city and be at her grandparents where she went to farms and learned about sheep & goats, picking the fresh eggs from the cage, the shepherds led the herds, making handmade bread & yogurt, feeding animals, tribal dance & language & culture, and the nature. She is one of the four siblings. In high school, her major was science. She had other interests too like painting/drawing, cooking, art of dance, and worked in her mother’s beauty salon. At a very young age, she showed her passion for plants and even when her parents and she were on a trip, they pulled over so that she could collect flowers and plants. Her love for plants is ongoing so that she maintains gardens of vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

She lived in Germany and, because of her passion for biology & physiology & pathology she earned her undergraduate level of associate of PA from Baden-Wuerttemberg Chamber of Physicians. She married in Germany, but it didn’t last long, and she moved to Oklahoma to be close to her family. Other than the first few years, she spent most of her time at the University. She earned her B.S. in biology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She planned to attend one of the medicinal programs of OU that would be similar to her expertise in Germany. But, since she grew a passion for teaching & research during her undergraduate while she helped her classmates with biochemistry, plants, etc., she decided to teach. She earned her M.S. in General Education in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught in the biology department since fall 2012 and enjoys it so much. She loves doing plants’ research, and besides above interests, she is interested in genetics, behavioral biology/neurology, & psychology.   

Classes Taught

General biology non-major

Human physiology laboratory

Education and Certifications

M.S. General Education in Biology 2011- With Honors- University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

B.S. of science, Biology 2007- Magna Cum Laude- University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

Undergraduate, Associate of Physician Assistant 1995, Baden-Wurttemberg Chamber of Physician, Heidelberg, Germany

Honors and Awards

  • Oklahoma Research Day 2011, Certification/award of Participation
  • The National Scholars Honor Society, Magna Cum Laude, 2007
  • Tri Beta, Biology Honor Society, life long member
  • The Notional Dean’s List, founded in 1976, awarded & be in the list 2005 - 2006
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society award, and certification of its chapter Alpha Theta Alpha 2002
  • Certificate/award of volunteer at Mustang public schools 2008


  • Lecturer of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma

2012 – 2015, Adjunct

            2015 – present, Lecturer

  • Substitute teacher at Mustang & Yukon public schools

2008 – 2011

  • PA and surgical assistant & Allergy tests & blood and pathogenic works at the medical office, Heidelberg, Germany

1992 - 1996

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Reviewer/evaluator of proposals/abstracts of the University of Central Oklahoma Collegium on College Teaching Practices for the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning, 2016/2017 - present
  • Evaluate/grade the Capstone papers, 2015 – present
  • Oklahoma regional science fair judge, 2017 - present

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Caddell, G. M., K Cristoffel, C. Esqueda, A. Price, and S. Derakhshan. 2016. Vascular flora of Hafer Park, an urban park in Edmond, Oklahoma. Paper presented at the Oklahoma Academy of Science Technical Meeting, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, November 4, 2016.

Derakhshan. S., is acknowledged in the book of Vascular Flora of Hafer Park authored and published by Dr. Caddell, et.all.

Ovrebo, C. L., Lord, W. D., and Derakhshan, S. 2011. Using Commercial Mushrooms as Baits to Attract Insects and Other Invertebrates. Poster presented at the Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy and experience focus on the meaningful learning that shows students achieve deeper learning through active engagement. Therefore, my class involves active learning strategies such as group discussions & case studies, problem-based learning, team-based & hands-on activities, and outside-class works of scholarly research studies. My goal is to embrace different learning styles so that students learn with fun and be successful in my course.   


I do gardening. I like the different cultures/foods/languages. I travel and am interested in art, archeological places/records, and the nature. I like to paint & draw, cook, swim, and exercise. I enjoy socializing and love the family time to tell stories and recall our memories. I like to read memoir besides biology. I mostly watch science documentaries, forensic files, and international & true story & comedy movies.

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