Jose Pareja

José-Ignacio Pareja, Ph.D.

Science technology learning specialist; Lecturer of nutrition science, and science librarian

Email:[email protected]

Department: Biology
Environmental Sustainability
Exercise, Sports and Health Studies

Program: Art, Nature and Conservation applied minor
Science and Technology Commons

Location: 201 Center for Science and Technology
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374

About Me

I have a background in science education, biotechnology, ecology, environmental quality assessment and, most recently, nutrition science. I have been a member of the Biology Department since 2011, and I am also a member of the Environmental Sustainability Program. I like engaging students in science, GIS, data visualization, nutrition science, scientific literacy, technology literacy and I really enjoy leading off-campus programs. I have strong interests in health sciences, nutrition, environmental science and conservation. I like to engage students in thinking about applied sciences across disciplines and enjoy engaging students in hands-on, experiential learning trying to solve real-world problems. I am also the library liaison to the sciences, the Science and Technology Learning specialist, an EPIC guide, and a LIFT First Generation Instructor.

Professional Memberships


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Teaching & Learning Processes/Science Education)
  • M.S., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Biology – Ecology)
  • M.Ed., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Secondary Education – Curriculum & Instruction/Education Technology)
  • Nutrition Science Certificate (Stanford Medicine – Center for Health Education)
  • Sports Nutrition Certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine- NASM)
  • P.G.C, University of Missouri, St. Louis (Tropical Biology & Conservation)
  • P.G.C, Universidad Nacional Agraria; Lima, Perú (Environmental Quality Assessment)
  • B.S., Universidad Nacional Agraria; Lima, Perú (Biology – Biotechnology)

Scholarly interest

I enjoy working at the intersection of science in general, teaching and learning sciences. I have a special interest in interdisciplinary approaches and when relevant the convergence of the fields of: science, nutrition science, geographic information science, science education, brain-based science, cognitive psychology and field-based experiences as tools and catalysts to advance and understand teaching and learning in diverse contexts.

Research projects

I have led and co-led students and faculty in a variety of off campus programs and initiatives.

For students:

  • Borneo (Tropical Ecology, Primate Conservation and People)
  • Bahamas (Iguana Research and Conservation in Allen Cays)
  • Costa Rica/Nicaragua (Global Health, Culture and Service Learning)
  • Italy (Borders, Adventure, People and Cultures)
  • New Zealand (Environmental and Sustainability Interdisciplinary off-campus program)
  • Peru (Global Health, Culture and Service Learning)

For faculty:

  • Uintas Mountains (United States) Field-based and experiential learning
  • Camino de Santiago (Spain) Trans-disciplinary learning across the curriculum

I also have experience teaching field courses in: MongoliaKenyaBelizeCosta RicaBaja, and Peru.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.