Dr. Clifton Franklund
Professor of Microbiology

CAFE: I have written a computer program that analyzes student exam performances and provides individualized formative feedback to each student. This is at the core of my course assessment efforts in the classes that I teach.

SCORM Labs: I have also authored a series of online lab modules for my microbiology courses. These replace the normal printed lab manuals (saving my students a great deal of money). They are all machine gradable and delivered in FerrisConnect.

Laboratory Notebooks: In conjunction with the lab modules, I have been emphasizing proper research notebook keeping in our labs. Each module is tied to specific lab entries. These projects are graded multiple times during a semester using an analytic rubric.

Graduate Certificate: I have recently begun a 12-credit online graduate certificate program from James Madison University on assessment in higher education. This is part of my ongoing professional development activities.

My Current Projects


My research interests have broadened over time. In the laboratory, I am primarily interested in the bacterial physiology and genetics of lipopolysaccharide synthesis with regard to virulence. I have also become interested in the scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment.

Teaching microbiology is my primary job at Ferris State University. I have taught a variety of courses ranging from freshman-level introductory Biology to graduate-level Research Design and Methods courses.


I am a professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biological Sciences at  Ferris State University. I have created this site to provide some additional information about me - my background, teaching load, research projects, and outside interests.​