Office Location: SCI 1161
MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
B.S. (Biology) Middle Tennessee State University
M.S. (Botany/Ecology) Middle Tennessee State University
Ed.S. (Curriculum & Instruction) Middle Tennessee State University
Ed.D. (Curriculum & Instruction) Tennessee State University
My current research interests are pedagogical questions related to introductory college biology classes and what students should know and be able to do; how will we help students get to this place; and what can be done to improve student learning to develop biologically literate individuals? Other research areas are mistletoe host-specificity dynamics and plant ecology of the cedar glades.
Current projects have included the development of public service materials, curriculum guides, and videos related to life and environmental science education. Listed are just a few:
I joined the faculty on a tenure-track position the Fall of 2002 but have served as a fulltime/adjunct instructor since 1989. In addition to teaching the non-majors biology course and biology for elementary majors, I have served as a program consultant with the department of biology's Center for Environmental Education since 1992. I have served as principal investigator and co-principle investigator for thousands of dollars worth of grants and contracts that provided funding resources for outreach programs for formal and informal educators throughout Tennessee. I am a facilitator-trainer for Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET and conduct numerous workshops related to life and environmental science for teacher development programs. I'm a member of the Ecological Society of America, Mid-South Education Research Association, National Science Teachers Association, Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Environmental Education Association, Tennessee Science Teachers Association, and Sigma Xi.