Scott Freeman is a recipient of a University of Washington (UW) Distinguished Teaching Award and is currently Lecturer Emeritus in Biology at the UW, where he conducts research on how active learning techniques impact student performance. Freeman grew up in Wisconsin and received a BA in biology from Carleton College. After working in environmental education and international conservation for six years, he received a PhD in zoology from the UW. Freeman had a postdoctoral Sloan Fellowship in molecular evolution at Princeton University, then returned to the UW as Director of Public Programs at the Burke Museum. Since the mid-1990s, he has focused on textbook writing, teaching, and discipline-based education research. He authored the popular textbooks Evolutionary Analysis and Biological Science, as well as the book Saving Tarboo Creek for general audiences.