Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Vanessa Quinn teaches upper division courses and non-major courses in the department of Biological Sciences. In the Honors College, Quinn is responsible for assessment and student leadership.
Student research is one of the best ways students can become part of their program of study. Quinn works with graduate and undergraduates to develop teams of students who work on projects in field settings. Students will apply for internal and external funding and present their work at internal and external conferences.
I'd rather be hiking in the rain than sitting behind my desk on a sunny day. I can't find the person who said this the first time but it is me in a nutshell. The best thing I do at PNW is teach a class that takes undergraduate students to the Smoky Mountains to become immersed in the natural world.
Flaherty, E., R. Urbanek, D. Wood, C. Day, L. D’Acunto, V.S. Quinn, and P. Zollner. In Press. Mentored conference experiences support students’ career exploration and professional development. Wildlife Society Bulletin.
Flaherty, E., R. Urbanek, D. Wood, C. Day, L. D’Acunto, V.S. Quinn, and P. Zollner. 2018. A framework for mentoring students attending their first professional conference. Natural Sciences Education. 47:1-8.
Quinn, V.S. 2015. Using astrology to confront and discuss pseudoscience in the classroom. The American Biology Teacher. 77:542-548.
Quinn is interested in providing innovative teaching strategies that will support students of diverse interests in the natural world. She covers material in animal behavior, evolution, travel study courses and belonging in higher education.
2016 – 2018, Director of the Student Research Office
2015 – 2016, Academic Program Coordinator, Health Studies
2014 – 2015, College of Science Dean’s Fellow
2013 – 2015, Faculty Fellow for Assessment
2013 – 2015, Academic Program Coordinator, Biology