Abdi Warfa


University of Minnesota

Topics: Faculty and the systems in which they work to better understand how they can be trained and supported to use inclusive and evidence-based teaching strategies. Studies in my group particularly examine classroom discourse, dynamics, and overall interactions. We take interdisciplinary perspective on discipline-based education research.

Availability: Fall 2021, After Fall 2021


Dr. Abdi Warfa is an assistant professor of biology teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota. His group conducts interdisciplinary research that blends aspects of biology, educational theory, cognitive science, and educational research methodologies (with particular focus on classroom dynamics and discourse) to improve the teaching and learning of sciences at the undergraduate level through the use of inclusive and evidence-based teaching strategies.

Relevant Published Work


Kranzfelder P, Bankers-Fulbright JL, García-Ojeda ME, Melloy M, Mohammed S, & Warfa A (2020). Undergraduate Biology Instructors Still Use Mostly Teacher-Centered Discourse Even When Teaching with Active Learning Strategies. BioScience, Vol. 70 (10), pps 901–913, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biaa077

Kranzfelder P, Lo A*, Melloy M*, Walker LE*, & Warfa A. (2019). Instructional practices in reformed undergraduate STEM learning environments: a study of instructor and student behaviors in biology courses. International Journal of Science Education 41 (14), 1944-1961, https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2019.1649503

Updated 8/11/2021