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Department welcomes new assistant teaching professor

Posted: August 31, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences welcomed Assistant Teaching Professor Christina Fox Call on August 16.
Christina Fox Call

Christina Fox Call

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences welcomed Assistant Teaching Professor Christina Fox Call on August 16. 

Call is specializing in plant and agricultural science pedagogy and is known for her expertise in science education and online curricula development and teaching, including publications and presentations to National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Call serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Plant Health and is a member of the American Phytopathological Society. Call is currently building an online Plant Form and Functions course and studies the biogeography of fungi in the State College region.

Prior to joining Penn State, Call taught genetics at the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her major research projects have been published in North American Fungi, which include lichens identification of the Beaver Dam Slope in Utah and biogeographic studies of gene loss in hybridization within Boechera in Brassicaceae on the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin.

Call earned her doctorate in wildlife and wildland conservation from Brigham Young University in 2016, as well as a master’s degree in biology education and a bachelor’s degree in biology/zoology composite education. Before moving to Pennsylvania in 2016, Call taught with the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for three years. 

The department is very excited to welcome Call and her expertise, which includes plant and agricultural science pedagogies, online teaching experience, community outreach, and her excitement for teaching, mentoring students and working with local growers.