Min Zhong
Department of Biological Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Office: 210 Science Center Laboratory Bldg.

Address: 211 Science Center Laboratory Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-3925

Fax: (334) 844-1645

Email: zhongmi@auburn.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. - Auburn University
M.S. - China Agricultural University
B.Sc. - Qufu Normal University

Honors and Awards
COSAM Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award
DBS Outstanding Lecturer Teaching Award
National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences
2012 - 2013

Professional Activities
Biggio Faculty Fellow, 2020 - 2023
Lead Coordinator of AULAP, 2020 - present
Facilitator of SoTL Community of Practice at Auburn, 2022

Research and Teaching Interests

My primary teaching and research interests embrace curriculum transformation and evidence-based teaching practices through Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), specifically in the following areas:

  1. Development, implementation, and assessment of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in the entry-level science core courses.
  2. Metacognition interventions in STEM courses.
  3. Best practices for teaching Primary Scientific Literature (PSL) in introductory biology courses
  4. Sustainability of Auburn University Learning Assistant Program (AULAP)

Selected Publications

  • McNeal, K.S. Zhong, M., Soltis, N., Doukolpoulos, L. Alwan, A, Johnson, E., Courtney, S., Porch, M. Biosensors Show Promise as a Measure of Student Engagement in a Large Introductory Biology Course. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2020 Dec;19(4):ar50. doi: 10.1187/cbe.19-08-0158. PMID: 33001773.
  • Zhong, M, B. Hansen, M. Nesnidal, A. Golombek, K.M. Halanych, T.H. Struck. 2011. Detecting the symplesiomorphy trap: a multigene phylogenetic analysis of terebelliform annelids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:369
  • Bleidorn, C., L. Podsiadlowski, MZhong, I. Eeckhaut, S. Hartmann, K. M. Halanych. Tiedemann, R. 2009. On the phylogenetic position of Myzostomida: Can 77 genes get it wrong? BMC Evolutionary Biology 9:150
  • Zhong, M., T.H. Struck, K.M. Halanych. 2008. Phylogenetic information from three mitochondrial genomes of Terebelliformia (Annelida) worms and duplication of the methionine tRNA. Gene 416:11-21.
  • Zhong, M., Z.R. Shen. 2004. The Superinfection of Endosymbiont Wolbachia in Trichogramma evanescens in China. Acta Entomologica Sinica. 47:732-737.
  • Zhong, M., Z.R. Shen. 2003. Scale Structure and Development of Lepidopteran Insects and Their Eyespot Formation. Entomological Knowledge. 40:410-415.


Undergraduate Graduate
Introduction to Biology - BIOL1000
Principles of Biology - BIOL1020
Organismal Biology - BIOL1030
Biology of Marine Systems - BIOL3040
Principles of Biology Lab (CURE sections) – BIOL 1021- CUR
Pedagogy of Peer-Led Instruction – BIOL4970

Last updated: 04/08/2022