Dr. Rosianna Gray joined UAB’s Biology Department in January 2018 as a teaching Assistant Professor. Dr. Gray teaches several courses, including Biology of Microorganisms, Introductory Biology I, and Introductory Biology II. Dr. Gray received her bachelor of science degree (2001) from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, followed by a master’s (2007) and PhD (2008) in Cell Molecular Biology at the University of Alabama. While in graduate school, her passion evolved from research to science education. As a consequence, she began teaching college level biology-related courses as she continued to work on her PhD research. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Gray returned to Stillman College as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Natural Sciences until 2013 when she accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Alabama. During her four years at UA, she has had extensive experience teaching a wide range of biology and microbiology courses. She also worked closely with UA’s Center for Academic Success to help increase student success in science classes. Over the years, Dr. Gray has also developed an interest in helping high school students transition into successful college freshmen. Her goal as a teacher is to develop and support cultivation of knowledge through innovative pedagogy, what she calls “metacognition strategies” and first-year college prep success strategies. Her favorite aspect of teaching is sharing knowledge in a way that students will be able to understand and help them develop habits of life-long learning.
General Biology, Classroom Pedagogy, and Metacognition Strategies