Profile for Megan Litster

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Specialty area(s)

Biology Education

Brief biography

Teaching to me is a collaborative effort.  Not just between faculty, but between faculty and the students in their classes. Learning doesn't occur in isolation.  If you think about all the things you have learned throughout you life (learning to walk, learning to talk, learning to play a video game, or a musical instrument, etc...) the vast majority of them have occurred with others.  It is for this reason I consider myself a social constructivist.  This theory of learning really takes the philosophy that we are smarter as a group than we are as an individual. I embed this into the learning environment in my classroom.  Depending on which class you take from me, you will see various levels of student centered engagement. 

Current courses at UWL

FALL 2019 Courses

BIO 100 - Biology for the Informed Citizen
BIO/CHM/PHY 356 - Curriculum & Assessment in Math & Science
BIO/CHM/PHY 469 - Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School 
BIO 312L - Anatomy & Physiology I LAB


Ph D, University of Northern Colorado, 2005.
Major: Biology
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Biology Education

MS, Colorado State University, 1999.
Major: Anatomy and Neurobiology

BS, Colorado State University, 1996.
Major: Biology
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Anatomy & Physiology

Professional history

Associate Professor UWL 2019 - present
Assistant Professor UW-L 2012 - 2019
Assistant Professor in Residence UNLV 2005 - 2012
Science Teacher Peak to Peak Charter School 2002 - 2005

Research and publishing

King-Heiden, T., Litster, M. (2018). Using case-study based modules to promote a better understanding of evolution in an undergraduate anatomy and physiology course. Journal of Biology Education

Bussey, T., Litster, M., Ho, W., Wood, S., Orgill, M. (2014). Using a Field in Flux to Discuss Nature of Science in the Classroom: The Case of Defining Self-Assembly. Journal of Nano Education, 6, 157 - 168. 

Gradie, P. R., Litster, M., Thomas, R., Schiller, M. M. (2011). SciReader enables reading of medical content with instantaneous definitions. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 11(4). 

Orgill, M., Thomas, M. E. (2007). Analogies and the 5E Model. The Science Teacher, 74, 40-45.



Megan Litster, Biology; Kristin Koepke, CATL; Lindsay Steiner, English; and Nicole Gullekson and Christa Kiersch, both Management; presented "Transforming Forced Virtual Learning into Opportunities to Develop Virtual Teamwork Competencies in Management Students" at Western Academy of Management on April 22 online.

Submitted on: April 23



Sierra Rooney, Art; Megan Litster, Biology; Katherine Lavelle, Communication Studies; Sarah Pember, Health Education & Health Promotion; and Jennifer Kosiak, Mathematics & Statistics; presented "Where Do We Go From Here?" at OPID Spring Conference on Teaching on Friday, April 16 online. Invited to be featured roundtable presentation.

Submitted on: April 16