W&M alumna named on 40 Under Forty list

Award-winning teacher and scientist Melinda Maris ’00 is being recognized as one of Emory University’s 40 Under Forty, according to a news release from the Emory Alumni Association.

Maris is being honored for her progressive methods of transforming teaching and research methods across subjects. Maris, who was chosen out of over 150 applicants, was selected to be on the list for her focus on evidence-based learning, research methods and spreading this knowledge to the plethora of institutions of higher learning that she has worked.

Maris holds a B.S. in Biology from William & Mary as well as a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University. She is currently working at Southern Vermont College (SVS) as the dean of teaching and learning, director of the Center of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of biology.

She has held faculty positions all around the world, from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. to Brussels, Belgium where she was an associate dean of Teaching and Learning at Vesalius College.