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Christian Wright

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Instructional Professnl (FSC)
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4701
Biography

Christian Wright is a physiological ecologist turned full-time biology education researcher who teaches undergraduate biology while also studying biology education at the post-secondary level. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative data, he is primarily interested in assessment construction and design as well as how assessments impact students. Ultimately, his work focuses on how to design assessments that maximize student learning whilst also fairly and equitably assessing student understanding. 

Education

Ph.D. in Biology - Arizona State University - 2014

M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education - University of Phoenix - 2008

B.S. in Biological Sciences - Denison University - 2006

Research Interests

Undergraduate biology education

Assessment design

Impact of assessments on students

Research Group
Publications

Wright C.D., S.L. Eddy, M.P. Wenderoth, E. Abshire, M. Blankenbiller, and S.E. Brownell. 2016. Cognitive difficulty and format of exams predicts gender and socio-economic gaps in exam performance of students in introductory biology courses. CBE – Life Sciences Education 15: 1 – 16.

Dupoué A., F. Brischoux, F. Angelier, D.F. DeNardo, C.D. Wright, and O. Lourdais. 2015. Intergenerational trade-off for water may induce a mother–offspring conflict in favour of embryos in a viviparous snake. Functional Ecology 29: 414 – 422.

Wright C.D., M.L. Jackson, and D.F. DeNardo. 2013. Meal consumption is ineffective at maintaining or correcting water balance in a desert lizard, Heloderma suspectum. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 1439 – 1447.

Research Activity

Oral presentations

Wright C.D., A.L. Huang, and S.E. Brownell. 2017. Is this going to be on the test? Exploring how the decisions instructors make when crafting exams impact students. Evidence-Based Teaching in STEM Seminar Series, Arizona State University – School of Life Sciences, Tempe, AZ.

Wright C.D., S.L. Eddy, M.P. Wenderoth, and S.E. Brownell. 2015. Exam characteristics exacerbate performance gaps between male and female students. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Vanmali, B., C.D. Wright, V. Stout, and M. Orchinik. 2014. The effects of introducing active learning strategies on academic achievement in diverse, large-enrollment introductory biology. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Wright C.D., K.T. Moeller, C. Holden, G. Demare, and D.F. DeNardo. 2014. Exploring the energetics of foraging behavior in Gila monsters, Heloderma suspectum. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

Wright C.D. 2012. Examining the broad applicability of state-dependent foraging using a low energy system, the Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum). Tucson Herpetological Society Monthly Meeting, Tucson, AZ.

Wright C.D., K.T. Moeller, and D.F. DeNardo. 2012. Do low energy systems practice state-dependent foraging strategies? Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.

Wright C.D., M.L. Jackson, and D.F. DeNardo. 2011. Examining the chronic and acute impacts of food intake on hydration state in the Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. 

 

Poster Presentations

Couch B., C.D. Wright, S. Freeman, J. Knight, K. Semsar, M. Smith, M. Summers, Y. Zheng, A. Crowe, and S.E. Brownell. 2016. GenBio-MAPS: A programmatic assessment to measure student understanding of core biology concepts across a general biology curriculum. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Wright C.D., A.L. Huang, and S.E. Brownell. 2016. Exploring instructor rationale for designing classroom assessments. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Wright C.D., S.L. Eddy, M.P. Wenderoth, and S.E. Brownell. 2016. Cognitive difficulty and format of exams predicts gender and socioeconomic gaps in exam performance of students in introductory biology courses. Learning Innovation Showcase, Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Wright C.D., B. Couch, A. Crowe, S. Freeman, M. Smith, J. Knight, M. Summers, K. Semsar, and S.E. Brownell. 2016. GenBio-MAPS: A programmatic assessment to measure student understanding of core biology concepts across a general biology curriculum. Biology Leadership Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Wright C.D., B. Couch, A. Crowe, S. Freeman, M. Smith, J. Knight, M. Summers, K. Semsar, and S.E. Brownell. 2015. GenBio-MAPS: A programmatic assessment to measure student understanding of core biology concepts across a general biology curriculum. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Semsar K., M. Smith, S.E. Brownell, B. Couch, A. Crowe, S. Freeman, M. Summers, C.D. Wright, and J. Knight. 2015. Phys-MAPS: an assessment tool to measure student learning across an undergraduate physiology program. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Wright C.D., S. Freeman, A. Crowe, B. Couch, M. Smith, J. Knight, and S.E. Brownell. 2014. Examining introductory and advanced undergraduates’ understanding of systems biology concepts using the BioCore Guide. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

Wright C.D., B. Vamali, K. Remington, V. Stout, M. Angilletta, C. Bang, and M. Orchinik. 2013. An innovative, conceptually themed introductory majors biology course at a large, diverse university. Biology Leadership Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Vanmali B., C.D. Wright, K. Remington, K. Hill, and M. Orchinik. 2013. Putting it all together: Using active learning and graduate TA training to enhance undergraduate biology education. Biology Leadership Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 494Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
BIO 494Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 531Adv. Scientific Teaching
BIO 584Internship
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 530Scientific Teaching
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 531Adv. Scientific Teaching
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 530Scientific Teaching
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 494Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 281ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II
BIO 494Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II