Dr. Grant E. Gardner
Assistant Professor
P: 615.898.2062
F: 615.898.5093
2149 Science Building
Dept. of Biology, MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


CHANGE: Biology is a rich and conceptually-integrated field. How can all students develop an appreciation for biology and be given opportunities to maximize their learning in the subject? How can educators be prepared to facilitate this learning? My students and I study just a few of these broad questions. I am always interested in talking to highly-motivated potential grad students with an interest in these areas.


We conduct discipline-centered education research in the field of biology. We have a diversity of research foci situated in the interactions of students, instructors, and biology content within various formal and informal learning environments.

For current and real-time research team updates go to our
Facebook page.

For an overview of some of our research go to the MTSU Research Exchange Rapid Talks from
SP2015 and SP2017.

My specific research interests are in three areas:

  • Examining instructor knowledge, beliefs, and implementation efficacy of research based instructional strategies and the impact of professional development on these practices in high school and post-secondary classrooms
  • Interactions of student and teacher motivation on teaching and learning in biology
  • Student attitudes and perceptions of emerging technologies


Check out the Math Science Education Ph.D. program at MTSU as well as an interview with our program director Dr. Angela Barlow for MTSU Out of the Blue. You can also check out the M.S. in Biology for more information. You can view current and previous members of our research group here.

Click here to learn more about the
College of Basic and Applied Sciences and The Department of Biology at MTSU.

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