Emily Ragan, Ph.D., is on a mission to promote effective, accessible education by strategic use of educational resources. She received her Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry at Kansas State University.
She is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at MSU Denver. Ragan developed and teaches an online section of General Chemistry I, where she adopted OpenStax Chemistry and PhET simulations, two examples of Open Educational Resources.
As a champion of OER at MSU Denver and in Colorado, she represents MSU Denver on the state OER Council and served as committee chair in 2017. With her leadership, the council produced a report that was the foundation for a bill passed by the Colorado legislature providing more than $2.5 million in grants over three years to speed up adoption of OER in higher education statewide. As OER coordinator at MSU Denver, she leads faculty workshops and trainings about OER.
In addition to educational resources, she incorporates active learning strategies, including course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) to increase student engagement and expand learning outcomes in her biochemistry courses.
Ragan’s Bioinformatics CURE is related to her National Science Foundation-supported research, which focuses on elucidating on cellular iron-uptake mechanisms in insects. She lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters.