Instructor of Biology


University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-3154

  • Education

    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

  • Presentations

    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

  • 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