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Tichenor 1 of 16 in National Program

Tichenor 1 of 16 in National Program(Posted: September 22, 2012)

Dr. Linda Tichenor of West Fork, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, is one of 16 biologists participating in a national biology scholars program lasting through July 2013.

The program – the 2012 Research Residency of the American Society of Microbiology/National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program – is a national leadership initiative that seeks to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning.

Tichenor and a cohort of teaching scholars attended a week-long residence program in Washington, D.C., and will be cooperatively working through a virtual site to communicate with facilitators of the program. While in D.C., she developed a research project examining the learning outcomes of using a type of pedagogy called "the case study teaching method."

"This type of pedagogy is not new and has been used in medical schools and business colleges for many years," said Tichenor. "The technique has not been used in undergraduate teaching in courses to the extent that it could be."

Tichenor hopes to bring this type of innovative undergraduate teaching to her department and has started implementing the program. She and her cohort of scholars return in May to report on their activities at the national meeting of the American Microbiology Society.

The others in the program come from universities in Alabama, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Tichenor, who came to UAFS in 2002, teaches in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and is a college science teaching specialist by doctoral training, research and scholarly work.

She received the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award in 2011 and has made presentations at numerous professional meetings across the country, been published in professional journals and worked with significant grant and research projects. She has also been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

She is the secretary-treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors for the Society for College Science Teachers, an affiliate of National Science Teachers Association, and has served in other capacities for the organization.

Tichenor received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and a doctorate from Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. She previously taught at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, and New England College in Henniker, N.H.

Article by: Sondra LaMar, Director of Public Relations
Photo(s) by: Corey S. Krasko, Photographer, Marketing & Communications Office

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