Kris Callis-Duehl

Kristine Callis-Duehl

Title: Assistant Professor
Area of Study: STEM Education   
Phone: (252) 
Fax: (252) 328-4178
Office: 515 Science and Technology Building
Address: East Carolina University
Department of Biology
Howell Science Complex
Mailstop 551
Greenville, NC 27858


Ph.D.: University of Florida, 2013

M.S.: North Carolina State University, 2005

B.S.: North Carolina State University, 2002

M.D.: Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium, 2000

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Research Interests:

My research interest is STEM education, and focuses on (1) the impact of technology use in the classroom on student understanding of and engagement in science, (2) the persistence of misconceptions from childhood (Pre-K and elementary school) through adulthood (undergraduate) and (3) understanding how the instructor’s culture and background influences student attitudes and learning. (1) I research how science education video games used in classrooms impact student engagement and comprehension of scientific skills and concepts. As secondary schools and universities move towards more online instruction, it is important for us to understand how a virtual environment impacts student learning. (2) Children learn science facts from an early age from many sources, such as movies, books and conversations.  Many of these facts are oversimplified or outright erroneous, teaching children misconceptions that are difficult to overturn and persist into adulthood.  For example, many children’s books (trade books) about insects include spiders, an arthropod. Many adults including biology undergraduates still have this early misconception. (3) Finally, I examine how a teacher’s culture and background influence his/her attitude towards science and how this is translated to students’ attitudes.  This final point is very important at the university level where science instructors have a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and undergraduate students often complain about not being able to relate to foreign-born instructors. I hope to shed light on how to reach across the cultural divide in the science classroom.


Darner, Rebecca, Kristine L. Callis. 2014. Differences between Online, Asynchronous Discussions and Face-to-face Discussions in How Students Address Unscientific Claims. International Journal of Science Education. Invited for resubmission.

Faisal, Shaji*, Kristine L. Callis, Martijn Slot and Karou Kitajima. 2012. Transpiration-dependent passive silica accumulation in Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) under varying soil silicon availability. Botany. Oct 2012.

Callis, Kristine L. 2012. Tai Dam Funeral Forest Management can be used in REDD. Journal of Lao Studies. 3(1): 2159-2152.

Callis, Kristine L., Mellisa Henkel, Rachael Lund.  2010. Magic Termites: Exploring Scientific Inquiry. Science Scope. 33(7): 61-66.

Callis, Kristine L., Lindsey Christ, Julian Resasco and Emilio Bruna. 2009 Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 24(4): 117-179.

Callis, Kristine L. 2009. History of Plant Use in Laos. Contemporary Lao Studies. 255-276.

Peacock, Charles H., Kristine L. Callis, Patrick Gregg, Jason Hinton. 2008. Evaluation of Organic Bio-solids for Soil Amendment and Fertilization of North Carolina Rights-of-way. North Carolina Department of Transportation, Technical Report. Report number FHWA/NC/2006-61.

Callis, Kristine L. 2006. History of Plant use in the 17th-18th Centuries. Canadian Journal of Herbalism. 24(4): 5-9.

Trade Books

Duehl (Callis) Kristine and Katy Castronovo. 2012. Budding Biologist: Where do I live?.

Duehl (Callis) Kristine and Katy Castronovo. 2012. Budding Biologist: Am I an Insect? Hardcover. Budding Biologist.

Duehl (Callis) Kristine and Katy Castronovo. 2012. Budding Biologist: Am I an Insect? Softcover. Art Bookbindery Press.