Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Vanessa Quinn

Introduction

Vanessa Quinn teaches upper division courses and non-major courses in the department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Quinn is also the Faculty Athletic Representative for our PNW NCAA Division 2 teams.

Research Overview

Student research is one of the best ways students can become part of their program of study. Dr. 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.

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.

Select Publications

  • Flaherty, E., R. Urbanek, D. Wood, C. Day, L. D’Acunto, V.S. Quinn, and P. Zollner. 2019. Mentored conference experiences support students’ career exploration and professional development. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 565-575.
  • 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.

Teaching Focus

Dr. 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, and ecology. Dr. Quinn also teaches a travel study course to the Smoky Mountains for graduate and undergraduate students.

Previous Roles

2017 – 2020, Associate Dean of the Honors College

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

Vanessa Quinn

Contact

(219) 785-5457

vquinn@pnw.edu

Office Location:

Westville Campus, SWRZ 104

Education

  • Ph.D. – Life Sciences, Indiana State University
  • M.S. – Biology, Northern Michigan University
  • B.S. – Psychology and Zoology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Herpetology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Indiana Academy of Science
  • Academic Program Section Innovative Teaching Awards. Associate of Public Land-Grant Universities.
  • Indiana Academy of Science Fellow Award – Indiana Academy of Science

Curriculum Vitae