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Dr. William Kroen

Professor of Biology and Chair of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and the Environment

Why I Teach

I teach at a small college because I believe in getting students to make connections. In the life sciences, the more you understand how the systems work, the more you appreciate the intricate beauty of the natural world. I do everything in my power to lead beginning students to the waters of knowledge, but I can’t make them drink.

Professional Activities

As department chairperson, I oversee needed modifications to the courses and programs, as well as attempt to assist students and faculty members with learning and teaching. My professional interests are centered at the Four-Year College & University Section of the National Association of Biology Teachers, where I have held a number of leadership positions that culminated in service as Chairperson for 2010. My leadership strengthened lines of communication, mentored the developing graduate student committee, and enabled other professors to showcase what they do best. I present my own teaching activities each year at the annual Professional Development Conference, where I have concentrated on how students can work with actual environmental data. A publication on these teaching activities appeared in November 2015 in The American Biology Teacher.

My second area of effort is in planning activities and encouraging students in the Cannon Scholars program. Research on the characteristics of entering Wesley College students and efforts to improve their learning and retention was published in July 2015.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Botany, Duke University
  • M.S., Botany, Washington State University
  • B.S., Biology, Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

  • BI120/325 Caribbean Studies
  • BI140 Scientific Process
  • BI150 Biology I
  • BI155 Biology II
  • BI332 Plant Biology
  • BI361 Invertebrate Zoology
  • CH326 Biochemistry
  • SC100 Frontiers of Science: Islands

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