Jane Indorf

Educator Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

My research interests are in science education, evolutionary biology, and population genetics. Currently, my research focuses on how students best learn core biological concepts and on the generation of evidence for effective teaching practices. At the University of Miami and Miami Dade College I facilitate and coordinate the implementation of authentic research experiences for undergraduates in their introductory biology and chemistry laboratory courses, which are a part of UM’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education grant. I lead the evaluation of the effectiveness of these labs in improving student learning. We use surveys, lab skills practicums, and student course performance to gauge student learning in these research-based laboratory courses.

Teaching Interests

My role as an educator is to guide and support both students and faculty. Through my teaching and research, I focus on improving science education through the implementation of evidence-based methods for effective teaching and learning. I see students as active participants in their learning and encourage this through use of collaborative learning, hands-on activities, case studies, and assignments that help students relate what they are learning to their everyday lives. My teaching focuses on applications of science to the real world; I incorporate current events and primary literature into my classes to help make abstract topics more relevant to students. As an educator, my goal is to improve student learning through implementation of active learning strategies, and integration of research and the scientific process into the curriculum.


2010Ph.D. Biology University of Miami
2003B.A. Biology Boston University

Professional Experience

2015 - Educator Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Miami
2011 - 2015Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Education, Department of Biology and Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Miami
2007 - 2009National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow in K-12 Education, Science Made Sensible program, University of Miami

Honors & Acknowledgements

National Science Foundation (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); Division of Undergraduate Education: Reclaiming the American Dream (RAD): A Scholarship Program for Community College Transfer Students in Biology; 2013 – 2017
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (M. S. Gaines, P.I. and J. L. Indorf, Co-P.I.); University of Miami Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program; 2012 – 2017
American Society of Mammalogists Grant-In-Aid of Research 2009
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2006

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Science Education | Evolutionary Biology | Population Genetics


Indorf, J. L., M. S. Gaines, J. Chmielewski, C. A. Hrycyna, K. V. Thompson, W. R. LaCourse, and K. L. Sutphin "The times they are a-changin’: new expectations in undergraduate pre-medical education and medical school admissions" (Faculty Resource Network New Faces, New Expectations.. 2013).

Indorf, J. L. and M. S. Gaines "Genetic divergence of insular marsh rice rats in subtropical Florida. " 897-91094(4) (Journal of Mammalogy. 2013).