anne royer, Ph.D.



This award is designed to recognize the efforts of faculty who strive for excellence in teaching and who practice teaching as a form of scholarship.  The recipient of this year’s award is Dr. Ann Royer.

Dr. Royer joined the University in 2017, as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department.

She incorporates state-of-the-art instructional techniques in her classroom, including the C.R.E.A.T.E (Consider, Read, Elucidate the hypotheses, Analyze and interpret the data, and Think of the next Experiment) method.  C.R.E.A.T.E is a new teaching approach that uses intensive analysis of primary literature to demystify and humanize research science for undergraduates. 

Dr. Royer also uses Perusall, an online social annotation platform, to increase student engagement, collaboration, and a sense of community within her courses. 

Her nominator notes that “Ann serves as a role model for how we should be teaching our students.”

Dr. Royer regularly teaches General Biology courses, Evolutionary Biology, and has developed a new course Humans and Evolution-in-Action which she has taught for the past two years.

Dr. Royer has been the recipient of several Internal Faculty Research grants and has served as the faculty mentor for several Presidential Summer Research Fellows. She is active in service as a member of the CAS Curriculum Committee and as the Co-Chair of the Biology Department’s Diversity in Hiring Committee.

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