Jason R. Wiles

Associate Professor, Biology

Research Interests

Education research in the Life and Earth Sciences, with special attention to teaching and learning about biological evolution; increasing diversity among students and professionals in STEM fields; science education at all academic levels.


  • Ph.D., McGill University
  • M.S., Mississippi State University
  • M.S.T., Portland State University
  • B.A., Harding University


  • BIO 121: General Biology I
  • BIO 123: General Biology II
  • BIO 124: General Biology II Lab
  • BIO 200: Introduction to Biology Research at Syracuse University
  • BIO 310: Evolutionary Biology, Religion, and Society
  • BIO 360: Biology Laboratory Assistant
  • BIO/SCI 544: College Science Teaching
  • IDE 880: Advanced Topics: Instructional Design - Biology

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Associate Professor of Science Teaching, Department of Science Teaching (courtesy appointment)
  • Associate Professor of Science Teaching, Department of Earth Sciences (courtesy appointment)
  • Biology Faculty, Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)
  • Primary Faculty, Future Professoriate Program (FPP)
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Forensic & National Security Science Institute (FNSSI)
  • Teacher Advisory Board, Understanding Evolution (University of California, Berkeley)

Selected Publications

  • Carter, B. E., Conn, C. C., & Wiles, J. R. (2016). Concern about hunger may increase receptivity to GMOs. Trends in Plant Science 21(7). DOI:10.1016/j.tplants.2016.05.003
  • Snyder, J. J., Sloane, J. D., Dunk, R. D. P., & Wiles, J. R. (2016). Peer-led team learning helps minority students succeed. PLoS Biology 14(3): e1002398. DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002398
  • Snyder, J. J., Carter, B. E., & Wiles, J. R. (2015). Implementation of the peer-led team-learning instructional model as a stopgap measure improves student achievement for students opting out of laboratory. CBE Life Sciences Education 14(1). DOI:10.1187/cbe.13-08-0168
  • Carter, B. E., Infanti, L. M., & Wiles, J. R. (2015). Boosting students' attitudes & knowledge about evolution sets them up for college success. The American Biology Teacher 77(2), 113-116. DOI:10.1525/abt.2015.77.2.6
  • Snyder, J. J. & Wiles, J. R. (2015). Peer led team learning in introductory biology: Effects on peer leader critical thinking skills. PLoS ONE 10(1):e0115084 DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0115084
  • Infanti, L. M. & Wiles, J. R. (2014). "Evo in the News": A pedagogical tool to enhance students' perceptions of the relevance of evolutionary biology. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching 40(2), 9-14.
  • Carter, B. E. & Wiles, J. R. (2014). Scientific consensus and social controversy: exploring relationships between students' conceptions of the nature of science, biological evolution, and global climate change. Evolution: Education and Outreach 7(6). DOI:10.1186/s12052-014-0006-3.
  • Wiles, J. R. (2014). Gifted students' perceptions of their acceptance of evolution, changes in acceptance, and factors involved therein. Evolution: Education and Outreach 7(4). DOI:10.1186/s12052-014-0004-5.
  • Jacobs-McDaniels, N. L.*, Albertson, R. C., Maine, E. M., & Wiles, J. R.* (2013). Using model organisms in an undergraduate laboratory to link genotype, phenotype, and the environment. Journal of Biological Education 47(1) 52-59.
  • Dotger, S., Barry, D., Wiles, J. R., Benevento, E., Brzozowski, F., Hurtado, J. L., Jacobs-McDaniels, N. L., Royse, E., Ruppel, R., Sen, D., Snyder, J., Stokes, R., & Wisner, E. (2012). Developing graduate students' knowledge of Hardy Weinberg equilibrium through lesson study. Journal of College Science Teaching 40(1), 40-44.
  • Wiles, J. R. & Alters, B. (2011). Effects of an educational experience incorporating an inventory of factors influencing students' acceptance of biological evolution. International Journal of Science Education. DOI:10.1080/09500693.2011.565522.
  • Jacobs, N. L., Albertson, R. C., & Wiles, J. R. (2011). Using whole mount in situ hybridization in a comparative vertebrate biology course to demonstrate the role of genetics in anatomical development. JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments. DOI:10.3791/2533.
  • BouJaoude, S., Wiles, J. R., Asghar, A., & Alters, B. (2011). Muslim Egyptian and Lebanese students' conceptions of biological evolution. Science & Education. DOI:10.1007/s11191-011-9345-4.
  • Wiles, J. R. (2011). Challenges to teaching evolution:  What's a head? Futures 43(6). DOI:10.1016/j.futures.2011.05.02.
  • BouJaoude, S., Asghar, A., Wiles, J. R., Jaber, L., Sarieddine, D., & Alters, B. (2011). Biology professors' and teachers' positions regarding biological evolution and evolution education in a Middle Eastern society. International Journal of Science Education 33(7). DOI:10.1080/09500693.2010.489124.
  • Asghar, A., Wiles, J. R., & Alters, B. (2010). The origin and evolution of life in Pakistani High School Biology. Journal of Biological Education 44(2), 65-71.
  • Wiles, J. R. & Branch, G. (2008). Teachers who won't, don't, or can't teach evolution properly: A burning issue. The American Biology Teacher 70(1): 6-7.
  • Asghar, A., Wiles, J. R. & Alters, B. (2007). Canadian preservice elementary teachers' conceptions of biological evolution and evolution education. McGill Journal of Education 42(2): 189-209.
  • Asghar, A., Wiles, J. R. & Alters, B. (2007). Discovering international perspectives on biological evolution across religions and cultures. International Journal of Diversity 6(4): 81-88.
  • Wiles, J. R. (2006). Evolution in schools: Where's Canada? Education Canada, 46(4): 37-41.
  • Wiles, J. R. (2006). A Threat to geoscience education: Creationist anti-evolution activity in Canada. Geoscience Canada 33(3): 135-140.
  • Wiles, J. R. (2005). Is evolution Arkansas's "hidden curriculum"? Reports of the National Center for Science Education 25(1-2): 32-36.