SVC is proud to announce that Melinda Maris, PhD, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor of Biology, has been selected to the inaugural class of 40 Under Forty, a recognition presented from Emory University’s Alumni Association. More than 150 alumni from around the world and across vocations were nominated for this distinction. Through outstanding professional accomplishments and civic endeavors, Dr Maris was one of 39 alumni peers chosen for this honor.
Prior to SVC, Dr Maris has held faculty positions, student support positions, and faculty development positions at a wide range of institutions around the world, from organizations for gifted children to community colleges to liberal arts colleges to medical schools, providing her with insight into the teaching and learning needs of diverse learning environments.
Maris is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named a Biology Scholar by the National Science Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology, a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities/Arthur Blank Teaching Fellow. She has also been awarded grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to implement transformative, experience-based science courses.
Maris received her PhD in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University in Georgia. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where she has continued to teach since 2008. She also holds a BS degree in biology from the College of William and Mary.