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John R. Waters

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612 Mueller Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-1154


  1. Ph.D., Penn State University, 2008
  2. M.S., Illinois State University, 1992
  3. B.S., University of Illinois, 1986

Honors and Awards

  1. 2011: Eberly College of Science Teaching Evaluations: Recognized as one of the "Most Highly Rated Faculty" for fall semester
  2. 2011: Residence Life Faculty Recognition (from first year students)
  3. 2010: University wide award finalist: George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching
  4. 2009: Kappa Delta Teacher Recognition
  5. 2009: Residence Life Faculty Recognition (from first year students)
  6. 2008: Chi Omega Sorority Teaching Award
  7. 2006: Alpha Chi Sigma (professional chemistry fraternity) Outstanding Professor Award

Research Interests

Anatomy and Physiology Education

My primary interest is in the area of science education. I am attempting to identify effective teaching methods for lecture and laboratory settings. While I do not supervise a formal laboratory research program in the Department of Biology, I do enjoy working with graduate and undergraduate students who are also interested in conducting research in educational psychology and biology education.

Selected Publications

  • Waters, J.R., P. Van Meter, W. Perrotti, S. Drogo, and R. Cyr. 2009. Human clay models versus cat dissection: how the similarity between the classroom and the exam affects student performance. Advances in Physiology Education: Manuscript in Review
  • Waters, J.R., P. Van Meter, W. Perrotti, S. Drogo, and R. Cyr. 2005. Cat dissection vs. sculpting human structures in clay: an analysis of two approaches to undergraduate human anatomy laboratory education. Advances in Physiology Education 29(1):27-34
  • Eder, D.J., Kaminsky, S.L., Bertram, J.W., with Waters, J.R., and Wingerd, M.S. 2003. Laboratory Atlas of Anatomy and Physiology (4th ed.). McGraw-Hill Inc.
  • Waters, J.R., M.A. Janssen, and D.G. White. 1999. Web based cat anatomy tutorial. Wm. C. Brown/McGraw-Hill Inc.
  • Waters, J.R. and V.A. Borowicz. 1994. Effect of clipping, benomyl, and genet on C-14 transfer between mycorrhizal plants. Oikos 71:246-252.
  • Juliano, S.A., L.J. Hechtel, and J.R. Waters. 1993. Behavior and risk of predation in larval tree hole mosquitoes: effects of hunger and population history of predation. Oikos 68:229-241.