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W. Bradley Kincaid

Professor of Life Sciences

Mesa Community College

F21 Class of 1995

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Brad Kincaid is a biologist trained in evolutionary ecology and environmental science. His is a professor and past chair in the Life Science Department at Mesa Community College. At Mesa, he has been a leader in reform of the introductory biology and promoter of biological literacy for all students. He has also been a leader in the application of instructional technology and a mentor to innumerable Adjunct Faculty members helping them implement inquiry-oriented instructional techniques. Brad has been actively involved with Project Kaleidoscope, which is an informal alliance of colleges and universities promoting undergraduate science education, since 1995 when he was nominated to their Faculty for the 21st Century. He is also an adjunct Faculty member at Arizona State University where he is a collaborator on an NSF Math Science Partnership project at the ASU Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology.

Brad is currently Acting Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Mesa Community College. Over the past year, he has focused on creating connections among faculty and engaging them in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Building on his science education experience, he has led an interdisciplinary faculty learning community on the nature of science. The focus of this group has been defining program level student outcomes regarding understanding of science, exploring curriculum frameworks to promote science understanding, and evaluating instruments for assessing student outcomes for the nature of science.

In the Center for Teaching and Learning for the coming year, Brad’s focus among other things is developing and implementing a faculty and professional learning community (FPLC) program for MCC. Program goals are to promote connections among faculty, staff and students and to promote reflection and engagement in improving teaching and learning. Adapted from the successful Miami University (Ohio) model, our program comprises seven FPLCs for 2006-7, a vibrant FPLC facilitator community, a common events schedule, and a support structure based in our Center for Teaching and Learning. Each FPLC will take a scholarly approach to their topic, conduct group or individual teaching and learning projects, and communicate project findings to at least the local community. FPLCs for 2006-7 include Globalism, Nature of Science, Sustainability, Podcasting, Humanities, and Undergraduate Research. In addition, two cohort-based groups will be supported by the FPLC program: the New Faculty Experience and a teaching and learning focused group called Kaleidoscope.

A perspective: Linking insights about how people learn to curricular reform
After participating in the PKAL 2003 Assembly, Linking Insights About How People Learn to Curricular Reform, I offer some characteristics of an institution (college or university) that is having demonstrable success in linking insights about how people learn into the work of curricular transformation.
Bringing community college faculty to the table to improve science education for all
Flexibility, Versatility, and Adaptability
Constructing science buildings is expensive, typically representing the highest cost per square foot on campus. Determining the optimal design for a new undergraduate science building is paramount because the opportunity occurs only once every 50 to 100 years on today’s smaller college campuses. The resulting building must support today’s needs and adapt to tomorrow’s advances in technology, the latest in pedagogical theory, and potential changes in use.
W. Bradley Kincaid
What works: Observations from the field
Brad Kincaid is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Mesa Community College.