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Melissa Jurkiewicz

Assistant Professor of Science/STEM Education

Melissa Jurkiewicz


B.S., University of South Carolina, 2003; M.A.T., University of South Carolina, 2007; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2014.


Dr. Jurkiewicz is an assistant professor in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University.  She works with the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship STEM M.A.T. program and teaches courses on science and STEM methods and assessment.  She served as an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada, Reno where she was awarded the Judith S. Bible Teaching Excellence in Education Award.  She also taught biology for three years at Woodmont High School in Greenville, South Carolina.  Her research focuses on the development and preparation of beginning secondary science teachers and the implementation of formative assessment in science classrooms.


EDUC 422 Teaching Science for Middle Grades
EDUC 423 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools
EMAT 672 Teaching Science in Middle Grades and Secondary
EMAT 679 Educational Assessment
EMAT 680 STEM Methods II: Model-based Reasoning
EMAT 685 Methods for Teaching Science for Secondary


Jurkiewicz, M. A., Kirn, A., Crowther, D. (accepted). Learning about energy conversion through engineering design: A water wheel challenge! Science and Children.

Ellis, L., Busse, E., Linney, N., & Jurkiewicz, M. A. (accepted). Earth history theories: Relative age dating lab with addition for mining and mineral exploration for middle school earth science. Science Scope.

Raven, S. & Jurkiewicz, M. A. (2014, Summer). Preservice secondary science teachers' experiences and ideas about bullying in science classroom. Science Educator, 23(1), 65-72.

Linsky, C. L., Raven, S. Jurkiewicz, M. A., Bloch, L., & Farkas, B. (2011). Using folklore to promote ocean literacy. Green Teacher, 92, 38-41.

Raguso, R. A., Ojeda-Avila, T., Desai, S., Jurkiewicz, M. A., & Woods, H. A. (2007). The influence of larval diet on adult feeding behaviour in the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology, 53, 923-932.