Associate Professor
Biology Department

Jennifer Schroeder is an Associate Professor of Biology, with research interests spanning all areas of cancer, endocrinology, and reproductive biology. She utilizes breast cancer cells as a model system for testing toxicity, and is interested in the ability of pesticides to function as endocrine disruptors. Dr. Jen currently teaches introductory biology courses for non-majors in the traditional and PACE programs, and an IN350 course with a focus on global healthcare. Within the biology major, she teaches the spring freshman-level biology course as well as upper-level courses in physiology and developmental biology. She also teaches physiology and pathophysiology within the DNP in nurse anesthesia through the Millikin School of Nursing. Dr. Jen received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jen has been recognized internationally for promoting academic integrity, and was awarded the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2015 and Teaching Excellence Award in 2018.

Beyond her role in the classroom, Dr. Jen serves as the Director of Academic Effectiveness, assisting faculty and programs campus-wide with assessment. She is also the institution's Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission, our regional accrediting body.