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Debby Walser-Kuntz

Herman and Gertrude Mosier Stark Professor of Biology and the Natural Sciences, Biology

Education & Professional History

Concordia College (Moorhead), BA; Colorado College, MAT; Mayo Graduate School, PhD


At Carleton since 1995.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Deliberative Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Tool for Civic Engagement in an Era of Remote Learning. Presented at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference (July 2020). Co-presenters: Bernadette Ludwig (Wagner College), Arielle DelRosario (Project Pericles), and Megan Shea (Net Impact).

Up to Us Voting Module grant from Project Pericles (2020). The grant supported incorporating deliberative dialogue about pressing civic issues and the importance of voting into my Virology course spring term 2020. The project focused on exploring democracy during a pandemic.

Multi-institutional Innovation Project grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP)  “Census 2020: Counting On Campus”. (2019) The grant supported organizing a Census Institute attended by 2- and 4-year colleges and universities across the state of MN. Goals of the institute included helping campuses develop curricular materials and mobilize for Census 2020. Our Census 2020 and Minnesota Higher Education Network website supports the ongoing work of participants.

Developing Immunologists: A Role for Undergraduate Education. L. Hannum, R. Kurt, & D. Walser-Kuntz. 2016.  Trends in Immunology. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.it.2016.03.008

Public Health in Practice: Development of an Undergraduate Domestic Off-campus Public Health Program. D. Walser-Kuntz & C. Bryce Iroz. 2016. Pedagogy in Health Promotion.DOI: 10.1177/237337991665020

Students as Curators: Visual Literacy, Public Scholarship, and Public Health. D. Walser-Kuntz & C. Bryce Iroz. 2016. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal 8:1.

Celiac and Me. D. Walser-Kuntz, E. Matsuda, P. Tran, J. Salato, and J. Friedow. 2015. Community Engaged Scholarship for Health (CES4Health); http://www.ces4health.info/find-products/view-product.aspx?code=7KMLZFYS.

Celiac and Me, an academic civic engagement web page project completed in collaboration with community partners, Phuoc ‘Tien’ Tran (’15), Emiri Matsuda (’15), and students enrolled in the Immunology W14 and W15 courses.

Learning to share: Partnerships in service learning, public scholarship, and library exhibitions. Co-presented with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund at Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education: Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Conference, Boston, March, 2016.

Civic Engagement Models to Foster Integrative Science Education. Co-presented with Deborah Gross and Melissa Eblen-Zayas. Workshop session at AAC&U Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education Conference, Seattle, November, 2015

Creating comics, theater, grant proposals, and research reports: Researching the effects of different modes of civic engagement in a biology classroom. Presentation with Adrienne Falcon at the Reinvigorating Our Process of Discovery, 2013 International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference. Omaha, Nebraska, November 6 – 8, 2013.

Too many B cells…chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the role of flow cytometry. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. (http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=590&id=590). 2011.

A Holistic Approach to Supporting Students in Math and Science. Workshop session at AAC&U Conference: Student Success: Pushing Boundaries, Raising Bars. Seattle, March 2012. Co-presented with Gudrun Willett and Deborah Gross.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Association of Immunologists

American Public Health Association

SOPHE

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

 

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development: A Problem Solving Approach and Lab
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    BIOL 394: Biology Research
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    BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature
  • Winter 2022
    BIOL 310: Immunology
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    BIOL 394: Biology Research
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    BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature
  • Spring 2022
    BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology
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    BIOL 394: Biology Research
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    IDSC 238: Vaccines: Science, Skeptics, and Stakeholders
  • Fall 2022
    BIOL 370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Virology
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    BIOL 394: Biology Research
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    BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature
  • Winter 2023
    BIOL 310: Immunology
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    BIOL 399: Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature
  • Spring 2023
    BIOL 125: Genes, Evolution, and Development and Lab
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    BIOL 311: Immunology Laboratory