Department Of Biology

Ben McPherson

mcphersonInstructor of Biology

University of the Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209



Bachelors of Arts, English, University of Texas, Austin, 1964;

Master of Arts, Biology, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, 1992;

Teaching Experience

2000 - 2005 University of the Incarnate Word - Instructor, Department of Biology.

1991 -2000 Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology

Courses taught: Undergraduate Level – Diversity of Life, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology. Graduate Level - Topics in Cell and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology.

Research Interests

Science Education: Improving laboratory curriculum for courses at all levels; evaluating curriculum effectiveness, classroom learning environments.

Restoration Ecology


McCormick, B., MacKinnon, C. and McPherson, B. 2005. A Model for Reform in Teaching in the Biological Sciences: Changing the Culture of an Introductory Biology Course. Presentation to AERA National Conference, Montreal, Canada. April 2005.

Connelly, B., Cross, R., McPherson, B., Mitchell, M., Monahan, H., Said, S. 2005. The Headwaters Project: A Collaboration Between the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word. Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, San Antonio, February 27, 2005.

McCormick, B, McPherson, B., and Raymond, R. 2002. What They Say They Learned: Student Reflections on the Learning Process in a Reform-Based Introductory Biology Course. Presented to the 2 nd UIW Scholarship Symposium. September 2002

Invited Presentations

Ecological Restoration of the UIW Headwaters. Presentation to the U.S. Province of CCVI Annual Meeting, January 14, 2005

Headwaters of the San Antonio River. Presentation to Philosophy Class of Dr. Paul Lewis.

Ecological Restoration of the UIW Headwaters. Presentation to the Faculty Workshop, August, 2004

Professional Activities

UIW Learning Community Symposium 2004

UIW Scholarship Symposium, September 2003.

UIW Learning Community Symposium 2002

UIW Program Review Workshop, August 2002

UIW Scholarship Symposium, September 2002.

UIW Program Review Title V Workshop, August 2002.

UIW Blackboard Training Workshop, Summer 2003.

UIW Technology Workshop, Summer 2001

University Service

Health Professions Club Sponsor, 2004 -present

University Mission Committee 2004-2006

Program Review of Native American Studies , 2004-2005

McNair Scholar Mentor 2003-2005

Headwaters Committee, 2003 – present

Earth Day Committee, 2003-2004

Heritage Day Poster Committee 2003-2004

University Curriculum Committee, 2002- 2004

Program Review of UIW Biology Department, 2002-2003

Employee Capital Campaign Captain, 2001 – 2003

Red Cross Club Sponsor 2001-2003

Honors and Awards

UIW University Technology Fellowship, Spring 2002

Professional Memberships

National Association of Biology Teachers