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Ben England, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


B.A., Taylor University

M.S., Ball State University

Ed.D., Ball State University

Research Interests

Broadly, England's research has focused on biology teaching and learning, exploring the student response to instructor practices and the effects of these responses on performance and persistence. His specific interests include modeling the factors contributing to classroom climate, measuring student anxiety in the biology classroom, and creating predictive models for student attrition.

Publications and Media Placements

Schussler EE, Weatherton M, Chen Musgrove MM, Brigati JR, and England BJ. (2021). Student perceptions of instructor supportiveness: what characteristics make a difference? CBE-Life Sciences Education, 20, ar29.

Adkins-Jablonsky SJ, Shaffer JF, Morris JJ, England BJ, Raut S. (2021). A tale of two institutions: analyzing the impact of gamified student response systems on student anxiety in two different introductory biology courses. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 20, ar19. 

Brigati, JR, England BJ, and Schussler EE. (2020). How do undergraduates cope with anxiety resulting from active learning practices in introductory biology? PLoS ONE 15(8): e0236558. 

England BJ, Brigati JR, Schussler EE, and Chen MM. (2019). Student anxiety impacts performance and persistence in introductory Biology courses. CBE-Life Sciences Education 18(2), ar21.  

Van Nuland ME, Chen M, and England BJ. (2019). Bringing plants and soils to life through a simple role-playing activity. The American Biology Teacher 81(4), 287-290.

Brigati, JR, England BJ, and Schussler EE. (2019). It’s not just for points: teacher justifications and student perceptions about active learning. Journal of College Science Teaching 48(3), 45-55.

England BJ, Brigati JR, and Schussler EE. (2017). Student anxiety in introductory biology classrooms: Perceptions about active learning and persistence in the major. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182506.

Honors and Awards

Best Project Pitch Award, iEMBER 2019 Conference, April 2019.

Best Lightning Talk, iEMBER 2019 Conference, April 2019.

Professional Organizations and Associations

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), 2015 - present

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), 2016 - present

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), 2016 - present

Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education Research (iEMBER), 2019 - present