I am the Associate Director of the CALS Office of Academic Programs. In addition, I am a senior lecturer in Microbiology, where I co-teach Public Health Microbiology (BioMi 2500).
My research focuses on scientific teaching-- how do we know our students are learning? Working with graduate students in the department, we have developed and evaluated new teaching tools.
As a senior lecturer in Microbiology, my current professional focus is on incorporating student-centered learning into our many different classroom environments, and assessment of that learning. Through my role as Associate Director of the CALS Office of Academic Programs, I provide support for teaching and learning across the college.
Awards and Honors
- Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015) American Society for Microbiology
- Innovative Teaching Award (2011) Cornell CALS
- Merkel, S. M. (2016). American Society for Microbiology resources in support of an evidence-based approach to teaching microbiology. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 363.
- Merkel, S. M., & the ASM Task Force on Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology, (2012). The Development of Curricular Guidelines for Introductory Microbiology that Focus on Understanding. JMBE: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 13:32-38.
- Merkel, S. M., Hanson, B., & Parks, A. (2010). A Small Group Activity About Bacterial Regulation And Complementation. JMBE: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 11:152-155.
- Merkel, S. M., Walman, L., & Leventhal, J. (2000). An Evaluation of Computer Based Instruction in Microbiology. Microbiology Education. 1:14-19.