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Defelice Named Director of Curricular Affairs

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Dr. Meredith DefeliceJuly 29, 2014 – Meredith Defelice, senior lecturer I of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, has been named the departments Director of Curricular Affairs. In this newly created position, Defelice will be orchestrating the undergraduate curriculum for five majors leading to a Bachelor of Science degree: biochemistry and molecular biology with a biochemistry option or molecular and cellular biology option; biotechnology with either a general option or clinical laboratory science option; and microbiology.

Defelice will chair the undergraduate affairs committee, represent biochemistry and molecular biology on the Eberly College of Science Undergraduate Education Advisory Council, oversee the assessment efforts for the department, prepare departmental teaching assignments, oversee curriculum changes, approve plan for course offerings each semester, work with new faculty to develop a teaching plan, and facilitate the hiring of undergraduate teaching assistants. She will also serve as an undergraduate mentor for faculty and instructors and will work directly with the department head on all issues regarding undergraduate education for the department.

Defelice says, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty in biochemistry and molecular biology to promote excellence in our teaching and to ensure the continuing delivery of a high quality curriculum.”

Before joining the Penn State faculty, Defelice was a research assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Prior to that she was a post-doctoral fellow in the SPIRE program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received training in both research and teaching. She earned her doctoral degree in cell biology at Duke University in 2002. In 1997, she earned a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, magna cum laude, and departmental honors at Occidental College.

Defelice is the recipient of the 2014 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2012 Paul M. Althouse Teaching Award, and was promoted to senior lecturer I in 2012.

Defelice began her new role July 1, 2014.