Cynthia J. Metz, Ph.D.

Cynthia J. Metz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Louisville, 2008

After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 2008, Dr. Cynthia J. (Miller) Metz relocated to Orlando, Florida and began her professional career teaching undergraduate science courses at Valencia College.  This invaluable learning experience led to her return to UofL in 2011, with a primary emphasis on teaching.  Her main responsibilities are to serve as the Course Director for the School of Dentistry Physiology Course and Director of the Physiology Section of the Medical School Prematriculation Program.  Dr. Metz has received several teaching awards including 5 Faculty Favorite Awards (including a “Top 4” placement in 2012-video available at: ), Research Recognition Award and New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society Teaching Section, an Outstanding Early Career Award from the Kentucky Academy of Science, and the Ronald Doyle Award for Excellence in Basic Science Education in the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Metz’ research activities focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  In particular, she is interested in the integration of active learning and technology into the classroom, and the impact of these methods on student performance and motivation.  Some of her educational resources have open-access and are available on YouTube at:  Dr. Metz has presented professional development programs at local and national venues on topics such as online modules, student study skills, and engaging lectures. 

Dr. Metz serves on the School of Dentistry’s Admissions Committee and Student Progress and Promotions Committee.  She is also involved in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Graduate Admissions Committee and Education Committee.  Dr. Metz was elected as Secretary of the Teaching Section of the American Physiological Society and currently serves on the National Board Dental Test Construction Committee of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations. Locally, Dr. Metz participates in many community service activities including the Louisville Regional Science Fair, American Physiological Society Physiology PhUn week, and Research!Louisville.  She also mentors graduate students who are interested in pursuing teaching careers. 

Peer-reviewed Research Articles:

  1. Clark CB, Rane MJ, Mehdi DE, Miller CJ, Sachleben LR, Gozal E. Role of oxidative stress in Geldanamycin-induced cytotoxicity and disruption of Hsp90 signaling complex.  Free Radic Biol Med 47 (10): 1440-1449, 2009.
  2. Metz MJ, Miller CJ. Clinical Case Presentation: Challenging The American Board of Operative Dentistry Certification Examination. JSM Dent 1007 (1): 1-10, 2013.
  3. Miller CJ, McNear J, and Metz MJ.  A Comparison of Traditional and Engaging Lecture Methods in a Large, Professional-Level Course.  Adv Physiol Edu 37: 347-355, 2013. 
  4. Metz MJ, Abel-Azim T, Miller CJ, Lin WS, Nejad Z, Oliviera GM, Morton D.  Implementation of a Laboratory Quality Assurance Program: The Louisville Experience.  J Dent Edu 78 (2): 195-205, 2014.
  5. Miller CJ. The Use of Novel Camtasia Videos to Improve Performance of At-risk Students in Undergraduate Physiology Courses.  World J Edu 4 (1): 22-34, 2014.
  6. Miller CJ, Metz MJ.  Birds of a Feather Flock Together: The Importance of Seating Location with Active Learning in the Professional Classroom.  Adv Physiol Edu 38:181-182, 2014.
  7. Miller CJ. Implementation of a Study Skills Program for Entering, At-risk Medical Students.  Adv Physiol Edu 38: 229-234, 2014.
  8. Miller CJ, Metz MJ.  A Comparison of Professional-Level Faculty and Student Perceptions of Active Learning: Its Current Use, Effectiveness, and Barriers.  Adv Physiol Edu 38: 246-252, 2014.
  9. Fensterer TF, Miller CJ, Perez-Abadia G, Maldonado CJ. Novel Cuff Design to Facilitate Small Vessel Anastomosis in Cervical Heterotopic Heart Transplantation in Rodents. Comparative Medicine 64(4): 293-239, 2014.
  10. Miller CJ, Aiken S, Metz MJ. Perceptions of D.M.D. Student Readiness for Basic Science Courses in the United States: Can Online Review Modules Help?  European Journal of Dental Education 19: 1-7, 2015.
  11. Metz MJ, Miller CJ, Lin WS, Abdel-Azim T, Zandinejad A, Crim G. Dental Student Perception and Assessment of Preventive Dentistry Knowledge. European Journal of Dental Education 19: 81-86, 2015.
  12. Miller CJ, Falcone JC, Metz MJ. A Comparison of Team-Based Learning Formats: Can We Minimize Stress While Maximizing Results? World Journal of Education 5(4): 1-13, 2015.
  13. Miller CJ, Metz MJ. Clinical Scenario Videos Improve Dental Students’ Perception of the Basic Sciences and Ability to Apply Content Knowledge. Journal of Dental Education 79:1452-1460, 2015.
  14. Metz MJ, Metz CJ, Durski MT, Aiken SA, Mayfield TG, Lin WS. A Training Program Using an Audience Response System to Calibrate Dental Faculty Members Assessing Student Clinical Competence. Journal Dental Education 80:1109-1118, 2016.
  15. Marti AM, Harris BT, Metz MJ, Morton D, Scarfe WC, Metz CJ, Lin WS. Comparison of digital scanning and polyvinyl siloxane impression techniques by dental students: instructional efficiency and attitudes towards technology. European Journal of Dental Education, in press.

Peer-reviewed Teaching Resources:

  1. Miller CJ.  Clinical Focus Presentations: Can You Talk the Talk?  Life Science Teaching Resource Community (Formerly the American Physiological Society Archive of Teaching Resources),  March 8, 2012.
  2. Miller CJ. Where Does That Ion Go?  A Video of the Cardiomyocyte Action Potential: Part 2. Life Science Teaching Resource Community,  March 8, 2012.
  3. Miller CJ. Where Does That Ion Go?  A Video of the Cardiomyocyte Action Potential: Part 1. Life Science Teaching Resource Community,  March 8, 2012.
  4. Miller CJ. A Collection of Games and Activities for the Endocrine System: It CAN be fun! Life Science Teaching Resource Community,  July 7, 2012.
  5. Miller CJ. How Hormones Use G-protein Signaling Pathways: A Video Review of the Basics. Life Science Teaching Resource Community, August 1, 2012.
  6. Miller CJ. Controversial Discussion Topics for Physiology Courses. Life Science Teaching Resource Community,   June 28, 2013.
  7. Miller CJ. Form Follows Function: A Video Introduction to Stereochemistry. Life Science Teaching Resource Community, June 28, 2013.
  8. Miller CJ. The Nephron in Numbers: A Video of Renal Clearance. Life Science Teaching Resource Community,  June 28, 2013.
  9. Miller CJ. The Physiology of Receptors: A Video. Life Science Teaching Resource Community,  June 28, 2013.
  10. Miller C, Metz M.  The Autonomic Nervous System Review Module. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.  Available from:
  11. Miller CJ. Visualizing the Synthesis of Thyroid Hormones. MERLOT II, October 27, 2013.
  12. Metz MJ, Miller CJ. Mock Board Preparation Materials for the Operative Dentistry Section of Regional Dental Licensure Examinations. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:
  13. Metz MJ, Miller CJ, Abdel-Azim T, Lin WS, Zandinejad A, Morton D. Resources for a Novel Laboratory Quality Assurance Program: Operating Procedures. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available from:
  14. Miller CJ. Study Smarter, Not Harder: Ten Tips for Studying Physiology. Life Science Teaching Resource Community, April 10, 2015.
  15. Miller C, Metz M. A Collection of Clinical Scenario Videos: Using Physiology to Understand Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2015. Available from:
  16. Miller CJ. Strategies for Taking Multiple-Choice Exams: A Video for Students. Life Science Teaching Resource Community, October 2, 2016.