Jose Pareja

José-Ignacio Pareja, Ph.D.

Science technology learning specialist; Assistant professor of environmental programs; Nutrition science instructor and science librarian

Email:[email protected]

Department: Biology
Environmental Sustainability
Exercise Science

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 Exercise Science and Environmental Sustainability Programs. 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.