Portrait of Elena Pravosudova

Elena Pravosudova

Teaching Professor She/her/hers


I am originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, but I have lived in the US since 1991. My training is in Ornithology and Behavioral Ecology. However, my real passion is undergraduate education. I love teaching and coming up with new ways to facilitate learning. I earned my BS/MS in Zoology at St Petersburg University in 1983. After working as a field biologist for a few years, I started PhD program in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Through my six years in grad school I supported myself through teaching assistantship, and that is where I found my love for undergraduate education. To this day, I am convinced that I have the best job in the world. University of Nevada has been my home since 2007. When I am not teaching, advising, or working on my courses, I like to cook, hike, exercise, and hang out with my husband, three dogs, macaw, grown-up kids, and lately, my favorite person, grandson Maks.

Selected publications

  • P. Sandstrom, E. Pravosudova. Peer-led Discussion Groups and Active Learning Enhance Student Involvement and Success, Pearson Learning Makes Us, October 2016. Webinar
  • Pravosudova, E. and P. Sandstrom. Active learning approach enhances student involvement and success in high-enrollment biology courses. STEM Teaching and Education Conference, April 2016, Reno, NV.
  • Pravosudova, E. and P. Sandstrom. “Biology Discussion Groups and Flipped Classroom in Majors’ Introductory Biology Course.” – a poster and a short presentation. Pearson Biology Leadership Community workshop, Austin, TX. March 27-29, 2015
  • Pravosudova, E. and P. Sandstrom. “Biology Discussion Group Program at University of Nevada.” 6th International Learning Assistant Workshop. November 2014, Boulder CO

Courses taught

  • BIOL 190A, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 189A, Fundamentals of Life Science
  • BIOL 192, Principles of Biological Investigations
  • BIOL 495, Peer Leadership in Biology