Caron Inouye

Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

(510) 885-4479
SC-S 325
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Professional Focus

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • The effects of active, engaged, inquiry-based strategies on student learning
  • Development of assessment strategies and tools for gauging student learning outcomes

Environmental Toxicology, Avian Physiological Ecology

  • Physiological/toxicological effects of organic pollutants, such as brominated flame retardants, on birds and other animals
  • The physiological bases for carotenoid color variation in birds and other animals


  • Ph.D. in Biology, UCLA


Summer Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
GS 430001Educ Abroad & NseARRARROverseasView Books
GS 430002Educ Abroad & NseARRARROverseasView Books
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From almond tortes to Prezi: strategies to actively engage students, CSUEB Back to the Bay Conference (co-presented talk), 2012

Alternative learning solutions project at CSUEB, CSUEB Back to the Bay Conference (co-presented talk), 2012

Science assessment: Using multiple measures, Integrated Middle School Science Project Program Summer Institute (co-presented talk), 2012

Hybrid course design: develop, create, and deliver, CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (co-presented webinar), 2011

Using clickers to enhance student engagement, CSUEB Back to the Bay Conference (talks in 2008, 2009, 2010), SF State University (invited talk in 2011)

Team-based learning in large lecture courses: effective even in small doses, American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (poster), 2010

Using a digital library to enhance teaching and learning, CSUEB Back to the Bay Conference (talk), 2008

Health risks associated with BPA in plastics, Bay Area People with Rosy Chu, KTVU/Fox Channel 2 (TV interview), 2008

The House Sparrow as a model for PBDE exposure, NorCal Society of Environmental Toxicologists & Chemists (poster), 2006

Making lemonade from a lemon: renovating a physiology course with existing resources, CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching (talk), 2006

Emerging themes in an interdisciplinary faculty learning community, CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching (co-presented talk), 2006

Less is more: strategies for maximizing student learning in an animal physiology laboratory, Northern California Science Education Symposium (talk), 2006

From food to feather: the physiology of color variation in the House Finch, CSU Northridge Biology Colloquium (invited talk), 2001


Twitters and clickers: using surveys to engage students, CSUEB Office of Faculty Development, 2010

Human physiology, Bay Area Science Project/Lawrence-Berkeley Laboratory, multiple workshops, 2006

Birds of Hayward Shoreline, Bay-Area Environmental Science & Teaching Institute, 2003

Grants and Awards


Programmatic Excellence & Innovation in Learning Project Implementation Grant, Principal Investigator, 2012-2013

Bechtel Phase III: Developing and Enhancing Multiple FLGS Pathways, Key Faculty, 2012-2015

Alternative Learning Solutions Program Grant, Faculty Awardee, 2012

Bechtel Phase II: Model FLGS Community Grant Program, Key Faculty, 2011-2012

Bechtel Foundational Science Partnership: Model Collaboration Between Universities on Improved Science Preparation for K-8 Teachers, CSUEB Faculty Team Member, 2012

CSUEB Office of Faculty Development Faculty in Residence (FIR) Program, FIR for Active & Engaged Learning Across the Curriculum, 2012

Service Learning in STEM Faculty Honorarium, 2011

CSUEB Office of Faculty Development Faculty Learning Community Program, FLCs on Assessment (2011), Hybrid & Online Course Design (2010), The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (2008)

NSF Integrated Middle School Science Project Grant, Lead Faculty, 2010-2015 

Bechtel Phase I: Foundational Level General Science (FLGS) Grant Program, Key Faculty, 2010-2012

NASA LIFTOFF - K-12 Competitive Grant, Core Faculty, 2009-2011

NSF/Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program Grant, Co-Principal Investigator, 2009-2011

NSF/American Society of Microbiology Biology Scholars Research Residency Program, BSP Scholar, 2009-2010

NSF/AAAS Bioscience Educators' Network (BEN) Scholars Program, BEN Scholar, 2008-2010

Bechtel Model Community Transfer Project for Math and Science Teachers, Faculty Dialogue Leader, 2008-2010

CSUEB Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Grant, multiple awards, 2001-2008

CSUEB Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006



AAC&U/Project Kaleidoscope Project Team Leader, 2012 - present

Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR), 2011-2013

McNair Scholars Program Research Mentor, 2012-2013

LSAMP Program Research Mentor, 2011-2013

University Honors Program Faculty Mentor, 2010, 2012

Faculty Hearing Committee, 2012

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) Subcommittee, 2011 – present

WASC ILO Task Force, 2011

ILO Forum Participant, 2011

Education Summit: Preparing for College & Career Success for African American & Latino Youth, 2011

Major Exploration Workshop, 2011

Faculty Development Interdepartmental Faculty Mentoring Program, 2010

Search Committee for Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, 2009-2010

iClicker Faculty Representative, 2009 - present

University Basic Skills Appeals Committee, 2002 – present

University Fairness Committee (Chair, 2009-2010), 2004-2006, 2008-2010

University Library Advisory Committee, 2008-2010

WASC Outcome Team for the University Library, 2003-2006

Non-Grade Related Student Complaints Committee, 2005-2006

Fairness Hearing Panel (Chair), 2005

Discrimination Hearing Panel, 2005

Faculty Focus Group on Library Services, 2002

College of Science

STEM Education Institute Board of Directors, 2011- present

Search Committee for Director of the Center for Science Education (Chair), 2011

College of Science Curricular Committee (Chair, 2003, 2006-2007), 2002-2009

Department of Biological Sciences

Search Committee for Tenure-Track Evolutionary Ecologist, 2012-2013

Search Committee for Tenure-Track Physiologist (Chair), 2011-2012

Search Committee for Office Manager, 2011-2012

Assessment Committee, 2010-present

Curriculum Committee, 2002-2005, 2009-present

Search Committee for Tenure-Track Physiologist, 2006-2007

Graduate Admissions Committee, 2002-2005

Teaching Assistant Training Committee, 2001-2002

Academic Advisor, 2001-present

Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Search Committee for Tenure-Track Environmental Science/STEM Ed Faculty, 2012-2013

Environmental Science B.S., Life Science Option Advisor, 2009 - present

Community Service

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Science Advisory Board, 2009 - present

Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects Club, Peterson Middle School, Sunnyvale (presenter), 2012

Chabot Elementary School, Castro Valley (science activity leader), 2012

Growing Years Pre-school, Castro Valley (science activity leader), 2012

Bay Area Science Festival (science exhibitor and volunteer), 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011

San Leandro High School College Experience (science workshop planner & presenter), 2010

Vannoy Elementary School, Castro Valley (science activity leader), 2010, 2011

Mira Vista Elementary School, Richmond (science activity leader, science fair project supervisor), 2009

Sulphur Creek Nature Center’s 20th Annual Wildlife Fair (exhibitor & volunteer), 2006

Girls, Inc., Science and Engineering Panel (presenter & panelist), 2005

Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program, Contra Costa College (faculty research mentor), 2002-2003

Other Accomplishments


Active and Engaged Learning Across the Curriculum - website dedicated to innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and curriculum development

Environmental Toxicology - Learning Resources - archive of open-access resources that support my courses in Environmental Toxicology (BIOL 4517 & 6517)

IMSS Biology - website to support the professional development of middle school science teachers and district leaders involved in the Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership Program

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