Kristin M. Lewis Associate Teaching Professor

Biology Education
Kristin M. Lewis

Academic Interests:

My primary focus is providing authentic experiential learning in the teaching laboratory. Current projects in my teaching laboratories include a partnership with Dr. Patricia Champion to investigate mechanisms of the ESX-1 secretion system in Mycobacterium, and with Dr. Jason McLachlan to examine responses of the salt marsh sedge Schoenoplectus americanus to environmental change. Students in my courses have the opportunity to make genuine contributions to research conducted in our Department. I am also interested in assessment practices in higher education and have an ongoing IRB approved assessment project “Learning Gains in Introductory Biology” in with Dr. Joseph O’Tousa.



  • Associate Teaching Professor 1997 - Present
  • Biology Teacher, Immaculate Heart Central H.S. 1991-1994
  • M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame 1997
  • B.S., Science Pre-Professional, University of Notre Dame 1991


Selected Professional Activities:

  • College Council, College of Science, University of Notre Dame 2015
  • Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow 2013
  • Course Management System Subcomittee 2002-2012
  • ASM Biology Scholars Assessment Residency Program 2011
  • Faculty Senate, University of Notre Dame 2007-2009