Dr. Carly Jordan

Carly Jordan

Dr. Carly Jordan

B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Director of the EJS Women's Leadership Program, Program Coordinator for the Science, Health, and Medicine Cohort

Associate Professor of Biology

School: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Department of Biological Sciences


Office Phone: 202-242-6692
Academic Building & Post Hall 2100 Foxhall Road, NW Washington DC 20052

Dr. Carly Jordan(she/her) became a member of the GW faculty as a Professor of Biological Sciences and the Science, Health and Medicine Cohort Program Coordinator in 2013, before eventually becoming the Women's Leadership Program Director in 2022. She is committed to actively engaging her students, using evidence-based approaches to teaching. She teaches biology for the Women’s Leadership Program as well as the University Honors Program, striving to create inclusive classroom environments and challenging courses. She also contributes to the scholarship of science education as an author of case studies and curriculum materials for use in biology courses. She is PI for BCEENET, the Biological Collections in Ecology & Evolution Network, whose mission is to connect educators and collection professionals to form collaborations supporting undergraduate education and research. Since 2020, they have supported faculty at more than 30 institutions, allowing over 2000 students to participate in online undergraduate research using digitized natural historical collections.  Finally, she leads a team of undergraduate researchers focused on diversity and inclusion in human sexuality textbooks, exploring how issues such as racism, sexism, and heteronormativity appear in textbooks on sex and reproduction.

B.S., Biology, Virginia Tech, 2003

M.S., Biomedical & Veterinary Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2005

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Georgia, 2010

Ph.D., Cellular Biology, University of Georgia, 2011

BISC 1005- The Biology of Nutrition and Health (summer, online)

BISC 1111- Introductory Biology: Cell and Molecules (fall, WLP only)

BISC 1112- The Biology of Organisms (spring, WLP only)

HONR 1033- Scientific Discovery & Reasoning: Science of Nutrition (fall)

HONR 1034- Scientific Discovery & Reasoning: Human Reproduction (spring)

Intro to Medicine (Pre-College Summer Immersion)

C.N. Jordan, J.L. Krumm, T.M. Doan, J.S. Kilgore, & D. Linton. (2019). How many critters can an island hold? Using digitized natural history collections to test real hypotheses about island biogeography. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Proceedings of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education, Vol 40.

C.N. Jordan. (2017). Designing your course for active learning. Active Learning Guide for Life: The Science of Biology (11th ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates.

C.N. Jordan. (2016). Getting out of the lab: Creating inquiry biology labs for use in online or blended classes. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 379-382. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

C.N. Jordan. 2015. More Than Just a Cough: Exploring the Role of the Cytoskeleton in Fertility. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Online Collection.

C.N. Jordan, A.M. Seliga, and E.A. Flaherty. 2014. GTA Boot Camp: A training program to prepare first-time graduate student teaching assistants. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Proceedings of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education. Vol 35.

C.N. Jordan, E. Flaherty, and J. Prather. 2014. A Curious Mission: An Analysis of Martian Molecules. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Online Collection.

C.N. Jordan.  2012. LIFE 1010 General Biology Laboratory Manual. 1st Edition. Hayden-McNeill Publishing. Plymouth, MI.

M.E. Francia, C.N Jordan, J.D. Patel, L. Sheiner, J. Fellows, J. de Leon, N. Morrisette, J.F. Dubremetz, and B. Striepen. 2012. Cell division in apicomplexan parasites is organized by a homolog of the rootlet fiber of algal flagella. PLoS Biol 10(12): e1001444. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001444.

P. Brickman, C.L. Gormally, G.M. Francom, S.E. Jardeleza, V.G.W. Schutte, C.N. Jordan, and L. Kanizay. 2011. Media-savvy scientific literacy: Developing critical evaluation skills by investigating scientific claims. Am Biol Teach. 74(6): 374–379.

Affiliated Faculty, Global Women’s Institute, GW

Honors Program, GW