Dr. Orvis shares a joint appointment between the Departments of Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Her research and extension work focus on the utilization of plants as teaching tools. Additionally, her background in plant genetics affords her the capacity to focus on various aspects of science literacy and biotechnology education. Dr. Orvis teaches several courses, including HORT 10100 (Fundamentals of Horticulture).
Breeding and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin, 2000
MS, Plant Breeding
and Plant Genetics, University of Wisconsin, 1997
BS, Botany and Lyman
Briggs, Michigan State University, 1995
HORT 10100 (Fundamentals of Horticulture)
ASEC 21200 (Greenhouse and Landscape Fundamentals for Educators)
ASEC 52000 (Principles of Extension Education)
Plant science education; experiential learning; science literacy; biotechnology education; program evaluation.
Grants & Projects
Co-PI, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Increasing the Sustainable Production and Access of Fresh Produce in Urban Areas of NW Indiana 2018-2021.
Senior Personnel, Youth Outreach and 4-H portion of the Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA (CenUSA) project. 2011-2016.
Collaborator, Enhancing Science Capacity in Introductory Animal, Plant, and Food Sciences Courses. USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. 2010-2013.