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I am an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the STEM Education Center at California State University - Fresno.


I do research on Postsecondary Biology Education and STEM student success, including research on socioscientific issues (like science denial), supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, creative assessment and learning environments, and change initiatives to support adoption and sustained use of evidence-based practice. Details on my background are below.

Associate Professor of Biology

California State University - Fresno

2021 - Present


Assistant Professor of Biology

California State University - Fresno

2015 - 2021


Director, STEM Education Center

California State University - Fresno

2018 - present

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Western Michigan University

2013 - 2015

PhD Curriculum and Instruction

University of Missouri

Emphasis in Postsecondary Science Education


M.S. Biology

Western Illinois University

Research in Asian elephant cognition


B.S. Biology

Iowa State University

Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi


A photo of Dr. Emily Walter wearing a Hocus Pocus t-shirt
A photo of a baby girl in an Iowa State University dress.
A photo of a labrador-German shepherd mix puppy.

Outside of work, I'm a mom to 3 kids, 1 cat, and 1 dog, as well as wife to an awesome person who I've been with since high school. Above is a picture of one of our daughters when she was 1 month old, as well as the newest edition to our family, Yoshi the Wonder Dog.


In my free time, I love to cook and to play nerdy board games (my favorite is one called Seven Wonders). I also enjoy video games and spending time outside observing nature.

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