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Melissa Eblen-Zayas

Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy

Education & Professional History

Smith College, BA; University of Minnesota, PhD

I am a condensed matter experimental physicist with interests in correlated electron systems. I am also engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning with interests in advanced lab instruction and approaches to creating classrooms and institutions that welcome diverse learners and teachers.

Having served as Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching from 2016-2020, I am invested in supporting faculty professional development and fostering collegial efforts to implement research-based effective practices in the classroom.

I am committed to collaborating with others to develop approaches to on ramp students for success when they arrive with varied levels of preparation for coursework and varied understanding of how to navigate college expectations and structures. I led the design and development of the hybrid Carleton Undergraduate Bridge Experience (CUBE), which started in 2016, and I taught CUBE until 2019. Currently, I am the PI on an NSF grant to the LACOL consortium that is exploring factors that impact adaptation and adoption of online resources to support student quantitative skill (QS) building and the factors that impact faculty and departmental choices about QS support (QLAB).


At Carleton since 2005.

Highlights & Recent Activity

My recent publications have focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning:

  • M. Eblen-Zayas, K. M. Burson, D. McDermott, “Course modifications to support student mental health and move towards Universal Design for Learning”, The Physics Teacher 60, 628-631 (2022). 
  • M. Eblen-Zayas, “Reflect to Deflect: Using Metacognitive Activities to Address Student Perceptions of Instructor Competence and Caring,” In Picture a Professor: Intersectional Strategies for Interrupting Bias about Faculty and Increasing Student Learning, ed. Jessamyn Neuhaus, West Virginia University Press, pg 135-150 (2022). 
  • M. Eblen-Zayas, “Development and supervision of independent projects,” In Experimental Physics: Principles and Practice for the Laboratory, edited by Walter Smith, CRC Press, pg 289-298 (2020). 

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Physical Society (DCMP, DMP, FEd)

American Association of Physics Teachers

Council on Undergraduate Research

POD Network

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