Elsa Q. Falls, a native of Culpeper, Virginia, received a B.A.Degree
in biology from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in
1964 and a M.A.Degree in biology from the University of Richmond in
1972. Prior to joining the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1984, she held
teaching positions at Douglas Freeman High School in Henrico County,
University of Virginia extension in Roanoke, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community
College, and University of Richmond.
She is an associate professor emerita and winner of the Thomas Branch
Teaching Award and the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award.
A recipient of Craigie and Mellon grants, her research interests include undergraduate
teaching, invertebrate zoology, the history of evolutionary thought, women in science, and
She teaches courses in introductory biology for majors, invertebrate
zoology, genetics, marine biology, discovering women in the biological
sciences, and First Year Experience courses in human evolution and
ecology and the human genome.
She is a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science and was President
of that organization in 1994-95. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa,
Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Association for the Advancement
of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Council
on Undergraduate Research.
She is an elder at Second Presbyterian Church and served a term on
the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond.
She is married to Donald Parker Falls and has two children, Melissa,
a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College,and Mark, a graduate
of Hampden-Sydney College. She has five grandchildren.
Published by: Elsa Q. Falls
Revision date: 11/02/2004
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