Cissy Ballen 

Assistant Professor


I am a discipline-based education researcher who studies biology education. My interests in this field are broad, but largely center on identifying scalable strategies in higher education that improve learning for all, and reducing attrition of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Prior to starting at Auburn, I completed postdoctoral research positions at Cornell University and University of Minnesota, studying the effects of high stakes assessment, support programs, teaching methods, and classroom culture on student performance and persistence in undergraduate biology. I completed my doctoral degree in evolutionary biology at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

​Email: mjb0100@auburn.edu

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Short CV

Postdocs​

Ash Zemenick, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Email: ash.zemenick@gmail.com

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Chloe Josefson, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow; co-advised by Amy Skibiel

Email: ccj0011@auburn.edu 

Sharday Ewell, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Starting January 2021

Graduate Students​

Emily Driessen, M.S.

Ph.D. student

Email: epd0016@auburn.edu 

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Ísada Claudio Ford

Ph.D. Student

Email: isc0007@auburn.edu

Todd Lamb

M.S. Student

Email: tcl0011@auburn.edu 

Undergraduates

Brandon Dye

Undergraduate researcher

Sara Beth Ramsey

Undergraduate researcher

Sara Wood

Undergraduate researcher

Keyaira Singleton

Undergraduate researcher

co-advised by Dr. Sheritta Fagbodun, Tuskegee University

Lab alumni

  • Sara Berk, Academic advisor at University of Washington

Post docs

Graduate students

  • Sara Odom, M.S.

  • Alexis Stokes, 2018-2020

  • Taylor McKibben, 2018-2020

  • Luoying Chen, PhD student, University of Texas-Dallas 

Undergrads