Dr. Ella Ingram’s variety of specialties includes both ecology and methods of teaching and learning. She has advised award-winning student project teams, accompanied students on a field studies program to Kenya, and collaborated with undergraduate researchers to study such topics as wetland ecology, sexual selection in humans and plant-fungi interactions. Ingram is enjoying her second term as director of the institute’s Center for the Practice and Scholarship of Education, and is a regular mentor to the Making Academic Change Happen workshop, which has created change agents on campuses across the nation. 

Teaching Interests

  • Ecology of temperate forests
  • Plant/fungi interactions
  • Alternative methods of college teaching

Research Interests

  • Mycorrhizal mutualism of Mayapple
  • Chemical analyses of soil nutrients
  • Effect of student characteristics on learning evolution


  • Excellence in Service Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2018
  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2017
  • Honorary Alumnus Designation, Alumni Association, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2016


  • PhD, Indiana University, 2004
  • BA, Augustana College, 1997