SABER Executive Committee

Jenni Momsen, President

North Dakota State University, Email:

Trading the plants and pollen of local wetlands for the students and faculty of biology classrooms, Dr. Jenni Momsen joined the biology education research community just as SABER took seed. Her research on modeling and systems thinking, assessment, and more recently equity and inclusivity impacts her vision for SABER and the role of the executive committee. As our society continues to grow, we must work to expand the accessibility of our meetings, develop tools to support our members as they enter diverse career pathways, and expand the impact of our research beyond the biology classroom.

Stanley Lo, President-Elect

University of California San Diego, Email:

Dr. Stanley Lo is an Associate Teaching Professor (with tenure) in Cell and Developmental Biology and Affiliate Faculty in Mathematics and Science Education at the University of California San Diego. His research examines how faculty conceptions of teaching, learning, mentoring, and diversity informs the way they design courses and interact with students, ultimately leading to equitable outcomes. He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including an introductory course-based undergraduate experience (CURE) on soil microbiome, a capstone primary literature course in genetics using the CREATE method, a pedagogy course for first-time teaching and instructional assistants, and a STEM identity course for Ph.D. students in Mathematics and Science Education. Prior to moving to San Diego, Dr. Lo was a Research Associate in Learning Sciences at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University and B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. Between college and graduate school, he taught high school science at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he first developed his interests in education research. In addition SABER, Dr. Lo has been involved with other professional organizations such as the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching, the Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research, and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and journals such as CBE-Life Sciences Education and CourseSource. He hopes to build on our existing community to ensure equitable access and transparent pathways toward leadership. He would like to learn more from everyone about how to foster equity and inclusion at SABER, build collaborations between institution types, bridge education research and practice, and create interdisciplinary DBER connections.

Jenny Knight, Past President

University of Colorado - Boulder, Email:

Dr. Jenny Knight is an Associate Professor in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU).  She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she studied eye development, and postdoctoral training at CU, where she worked on the genetic control of early cell movements in development.  She has been teaching undergraduates at all levels for twenty years. She began at CU in a teaching-only (non tenure-track) faculty position and began transitioning into education research in 2003, motivated by a desire to learn more effective teaching practices and understand student thinking. It took a long time to get her department to understand DBER and its value!  In her work, she wants to connect research to practice; thus she worked on developing concept assessments, an attitudes assessment, and a survey for measuring Scientific Teaching before turning to studying the benefits of peer discussion, and now understanding how students engage in complex problem solving and scientific reasoning, particularly in genetics.  She has also been involved in the Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology since its inception, and was part of the founding of SABER itself.  She is excited to help lead this next phase of SABER’s development!  She’d like to hear from all of you about your needs and dreams for SABER’s future before doing too much, but some of her thoughts are to help foster connections with other disciplines and disciplinary societies, ensure avenues for collaborative relationships and a voice for all our members, and to increase the impact and reach of our work.   

Joe Dauer, Secretary

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Email:

Dr. Joe Dauer's research has long bridged the theoretical and applied realms, first in plant ecology and now in student learning. He conducts research on how students gain and re-organize knowledge during learning and how different pedagogical approaches impact knowledge organization. Specifically, he focuses on leveraging quantitative reasoning and simulations to increase undergraduate student learning of system dynamics. As secretary, he will advocate for improving access for attendees that have family considerations. He will also push for increased visibility of interdisciplinary research at our annual meeting to broaden our methodologies and theory-building approaches.

Kristine Callis-Duehl, Treasurer

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Email:

Dr. Kristine L. Callis-Duehl received her PhD in Biology from the University of Florida in 2013, where she participated in Biology Education Research (BER) research on group discussions and in-service teacher professional development. During her joint postdocs at UC-Irvine and UC-Davis, part of her research involved online learning and learning games for K-5. As an assistant professor at East Carolina University (2015-2019), her research has focused on: online learning, scientific argumentation, and recruitment/retention of underserved populations of students. Kris became the Director of Education Research and Outreach at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO in the summer of 2019. As treasurer, she is looking forward to helping SABER and the community continue to emphasize, pursue and communicate cutting edge biology education research and possibly expand SABER’s scope into regional conferences beyond SABER-West.

SABER Governance

SABER is led by an Executive Committee consisting of five Officers, including

  • President (1 year term, entered after serving as president-elect, except inaugural president)
  • President-elect (1 year term, elected)
  • Past President (1 year term, entered after serving as president)
  • Secretary (3 year term, except inaugural secretary who will serve 2 years, elected)
  • Treasurer (3 year term, elected)

The first Executive Committee took office in September 2019.

The Executive Committee will establish and manage the policies and affairs of the Society and shall endeavor to enact the mission of the society.

The Executive Committee is responsible for creating and dissolving committees to manage different aspects of SABER, as well as setting the priorities for these committees.

Former Executive Committee Members

Mary Pat Wenderoth, Past President, 2019-2020, lead SABER visionary, organizer, and champion 2010-2019

SABER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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