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Assistant Director STLR

University of Central Oklahoma

Education and Certifications

M.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma

B.S., Biology, Oklahoma Baptist University


My current work goals include:

  1. Helping college students succeed academically
  2. Facilitating student transformative learning inside and outside the classroom for greater potential for success in the work force
  3. Contributing to the field of biology education through teaching, classroom technology research/exploration, and service to professional organizations (e.g. Association for Biology Laboratory Education)

My extra-curricular activities include web design (e.g.;; service on the boards of directors of Partners for Madagascar, Joiners, the Association for Biology Laboratory Education and the Oklahoma Compost and Sustainability Association; continued interest in herpetology and Madagascar, contract work with biology textbook publishing companies, traveling, participation in church activities, and spending time with my family.


University of Central Oklahoma; Edmond, OK

  • Jul 2015–present, Assistant Director of the Student Transformative Learning Record
  • Fall 2018, Instructor, Department of Biology: General Biology  (part-time)
  • Fall 2016, Instructor, Student Success: Success Central  (part-time)
  • Nov 2014–Jul 2015, Director of Experiential Learning

University of Oklahoma; Norman, OK

  • Jan 2008–present, Instructor, Department of Biology: Introduction to Zoology, Contemporary Issues in Biology (online), and Field Ecology & Entomology  (part-time)
  • Dec 2010–Nov 2014, Director of the Student Learning Center, University College (Supplemental duty: Feb 2008-present: Web manager, University College)
  • Spring 2013, Instructor, University College: Strategies for Success  (part-time)
  • Aug 2007–Dec 2010, Assistant Director of the Assessment and Learning Center, University College
  • Aug 2003–Dec 2005, Instructor, Department of Zoology: Introduction to Zoology, Introduction to Zoology labs, and Contemporary Issues in Biology (online)  (part time)
  • Aug 2002–Aug 2005, Managerial Assistant/Student Services Assistant IV, Department of Zoology; Research areas: scorpion neurobiology, herpetology, ecology, and teaching technology

W.W. Norton & Company; New York, NY

  • 2018, 2020, Digital Author / Subject Matter Expert, Biology (part-time)

McGraw-Hill Higher Education; Dubuque, IA

  • 2003, 2008–2015, Digital Author / Subject Matter Expert, Biology (part-time)

University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC

  • Aug 2005–Aug 2007, Student Services Assistant/Manager, Department of Chemistry

University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, OK

  • Jun-Aug 2002, Research Technician I, Department of Cell Biology, Dr. Celeste Wirsig's lab; Research area: olfaction, neurobiology

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Brunstein, J., Walvoord, M.E., & Cunliff, E. (in press). Problem-posing in management classrooms for collective sustainability transformation. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Walvoord, M.E. 2020. An online introductory biology syllabus for transformative learning. Article 87 In: McMahon, K. (Ed), Advances in biology laboratory education. Volume 41. Publication of the 41st Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE).

Walvoord, M.E. and J.D. Pleitz. 2016. Applying matched sampling to evaluate a university tutoring program for first-year students. The Learning Assistance Review, 21(1):99-113.

Walvoord, M.E. and M. Hoefnagels. 2016. The Effects of iPad Use on Student Attitude and Course Grades. In Tested studies for laboratory teaching, vol. 36 (K. A. McMahon, Editor), Proceedings of the 36th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 2014.

Walvoord, M.E. and M.H. Hoefnagels. 2011. Conversion immersion: converting old and writing new clicker questions for your biology courses. In Tested studies for laboratory teaching, vol. 32 (K. McMahon, Editor). Proceedings of the 32nd Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 2010. 

Walvoord, M.E., M.H. Hoefnagels, D.D. Gaffin, M.M. Chumchal, and D.A. Long. 2008. An analysis of calibrated peer review (CPR) in a science lecture classroom. Journal of College Science Teaching, 37(4):66-73.

Fenolio, D.B., M.E. Walvoord, J.F. Stout, J.E. Randrianirina, and F. Andreone. 2007. A new tree hole breeding Anodonthyla (Chordata: Anura: Microhylidae: Cophylinae) from low-altitude rainforests of the Masoala Peninsula, northeastern Madagascar. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 120(1):86-98.

Hoefnagels, M. and M.E. Walvoord. 2006. Chicken wing microbiology: a lesson in food safety and microbiological technique. In Tested studies for laboratory teaching, vol. 27 (M.A. O'Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 27th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 2005.

Cumberlidge, N., D. Fenolio, M.E. Walvoord, and J. Stout. 2005. Tree-climbing crabs (Potamonautidae and Sesarmidae) from phytotelmic microhabitats in rainforest canopy in Madagascar. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 25(2):302-308.

Hoefnagels, M. and M.E. Walvoord. 2005. Conversion immersion: working together to create investigative labs. In Tested studies for laboratory teaching, vol. 26 (M.A. O'Donnell, Editor). Proceedings of the 26th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), June 2004.

Gaffin, D.D. and M.E. Walvoord. 2004. Scorpion peg sensilla: are they the same or are they different? In Euscorpius (V. Fet, Editor). Proceedings of the 3rd Scorpiology Symposium, number 17.

Andreone, F., D.B. Fenolio, and M.E. Walvoord. 2003. Two unknown arboreal frogs (genus Platypelis) described from the rain forests of northeastern Madagascar (Microhylidae: Cophylinae). Current Herpetology, 22(2):91-100.

Walvoord, M.E. 2003. Cricket frogs maintain body hydration and temperature near levels allowing maximum jump performance. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 76(6):825-835.

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