Janna Levin

Dr. Janna Levin is an Associate Professor of Science and the Assistant Dean in the Division of Liberal Arts. Of her teaching philosophy, she says, "My commitment to teaching science stems from my belief that education about the natural world is essential to producing responsible members of society. I aim for students to leave my classroom at the end of the semester with a solid handle on what science is and how it progresses."

An understanding of science leads to well-rounded citizens who are capable of making reasoned decisions about scientific issues.


  • Associate Professor, UNCSA
  • Assistant Professor, UNCSA
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Wake Forest University
  • Lecturer, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science, Duke University

Career Highlights

  • Creating a slate of science courses for the Division of Liberal Arts at UNCSA
  • Obtaining funding to enhance the classroom experience of my students at UNCSA
  • Publishing research on the process of water contamination in Vadose Zone Journal
  • Researching water resources in the Peruvian desert

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020
  • Obtained funding from the R.J. Reynolds Foundation for:
    • ArtSTEM (with Mike Wakeford)
    • "What does Music Look Like?" from ArtSTEM (additional funding from the UNCSA Provost's Office)
    • "History of Science Mural Project" from ArtSTEM (with Mike Wakeford)
    • "Judo as a Science and an Art" from ArtSTEM
    • "Food Presentation as an Art and a Science" from ArtSTEM
    • "The Art and Science of Solar Cells" from ArtSTEM
  • Obtained funding from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts for:
    • The Ecological Initiative (with Trish Casey, Jeff Gredlein, and LeeAnna Lawrence)
    • "The Forbidden Symmetries: The Discovery of Quasi-crystalline Formations in Ancient Islamic Art"


Ph.D. Environmental SciencesUniversity of Virginia

M.S. GeosciencesUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst

B.S. Geology with HonorsBates College