Benjamin C. McPherson Jr, MA

Senior Instructor

Mr. Benjamin, McPhersonContact Information

  • Office Location: AT&T Science Center 118
  • Office Phone: (210) 829-3154
  • Email:
  • Bachelors of Arts, English, The University of Texas at Austin, 1964
  • Master of Arts, Biology, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, 1992
  • 2000 - 2005 University of the Incarnate Word - Instructor, Department of Biology
  • 1991 -2000 Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology
  • Diversity of Life
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology I

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Biology Teachers


  • 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
  • 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 Technology Fellowship, Spring 2002
  • Science Education: Improving laboratory curriculum for courses at all levels; evaluating curriculum effectiveness
  • Classroom learning environments
  • Restoration Ecology

Invited Presentations

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

Selected Publications

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 2nd UIW Scholarship Symposium. September 2002