Bryan H. Nichols, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

PhD Science Education, 2012
Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum & Instruction, Teaching & Learning in the Sciences
University of South Florida – Tampa
Dissertation: Defining Earth Smarts: A Construct Analysis for Socioecological Literacy Based on Justly Maintaining Quality of Life
Advisor: Dana L. Zeidler

MS Marine Science, 2005
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science
Thesis: Sound production in nearshore rockfishes (Sebastes spp.)

MA Journalism, 2005
University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
Emphasis: Science Journalism

BSc. Honors Marine Biology, 1988
University of Guelph, Canada

Recent Employment

Project Manager/Instructor ASAP STEM Grant

University of South Florida Lakeland
March 2012 – present

Science education instructor (4000 level methods courses) and manager for a $950,000 Accelerated STEM Academic Pipeline grant for inservice middle school teachers improving and integrating their science/math/literacy content knowledge and pedagogical skills.

Instructor

University of South Florida (various campuses)
2007 – present

Highly rated instructor of courses including SCE4310 Elementary Science Methods and SCE4863 Science Technology & Society.

Curriculum Editor/Designer

Various; 2008-present

Edited, formatted, and designed inquiry-based STEM modules for a variety of projects and grants, including the Water Atlas project, the Coalition for Science Literacy, and a Florida PROMISE grant.

See full resume for more details.

Academic Publications

Jump to Writing Highlights for popular & professional publications.

Nichols, B. H. (2013). Teaching earth smarts: Equipping our children with the capacity to adapt. In M. Mueller, D. J. Tippins & A. J. Stewart (Eds.) Assessing schools for Generation R (responsibility): A guide to legislation and school policy in science education. New York: Springer.

Nichols, B. H. (2012). Green texts? Using earth smarts as a tool to critically examine textbooks for environmental assumptions, distortions and omissions. In Hickman, H. & Porfilio, B. J. (Eds.), The New Politics of the Textbook. Boston: Sense Publishers.

Nichols, B. H. (2010). Introducing essential ecoliteracy, or “earth smarts”: Defining and validating a pragmatic educational construct based on quality of life. Journal of Sustainability Education, 1(1) .

Dolan, T. J., Nichols, B. H., & Zeidler, D. L. (2009). Using socioscientific issues in primary classrooms. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 21(3) , 1-12.

Zeidler, D. L., & Nichols, B. H. (2009). Socioscientific issues: Theory and practice. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 21(2) , 49-58.

Courses Taught

Curriculum Development

I enjoy designing interactive and engaging courses using principles in Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) and Creating Significant Learning Experiences (Fink, 2013).

National & International Conference Presentations

My conference presentations represent the interdisciplinary nature of my experience and research.

Brame, R., Nichols, B.H., & Pitts Bannister, V. (2013). Accelerated Stem Academic Pipeline (ASAP) builds teacher quality in earth systems science and mathematics. Poster paper presented at the 125th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Geological Society of America, Denver, CO.

Nichols, B.H. (2013). Is Science inherently green? Improving preservice teacher attitudes towards science doesn't change their environmental worldview. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Puerto Rico.

Nichols, B.H., & Zeidler, D.L. (2012). Teaching earth smarts: A pragmatic, nonpartisan educational construct for socioecological literacy. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Nichols, B.H. (2012). Partners in denial? A link found between ecological worldview and attitudes toward teaching evolution. Paper presented at the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Nichols, B.H. (2012). Green science teachers: Earth smarts as a tool for teacher education. Presented at the annual international conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, FL.

Nichols, B.H. (2011). Earth smarts: An educational framework linking classrooms to the world. Presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, October, Raleigh, NC.

Nichols, B.H. (2011). Evolution in elementary methods: A practical instrument shows affective change is possible (but tricky). Presented at the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Callahan, B.E., Zeidler, D.L., Orasky, J.O., Nichols, B.H. & Burek, K. (2011). Using socioscientific issues to enhance reflective judgement in high school students. Presented at the annual international conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Nichols, B.H. (2010).Earth Smarts: A theoretically robust, education-friendly framework for essential ecoliteracy. Presented poster at the Ecology and Education Summit: Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World, October, Washington DC

Nichols, B.H. (2010). Evolving attitudes: Can a science methods course change preservice elementary teachers' views on teaching evolution? Presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference, January, Sacramento, CA.

Nichols, B.H., Pinzino, D. & Navratil, G. (2010). Teaching evolution for all the right reasons: Motivation and support for a controversial subject. Led a workshop at the Association for Science Teacher Education Annual Conference, January, Sacramento, CA.

Nichols, B.H. (2009). Introducing Essential Ecoliteracy: A transdisciplinary construct based on improving quality of life. Presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, October, Portland, OR.

Nichols, B.H. (2009). Introducing essential ecoliteracy: A transdisciplinary construct analysis based on quality of life. Presented at the Ecological Society of America Annual Conference, August, Albuquerque, NM.

Nichols, B.H. (2008). A dangerous deficiency: Why journalists are morally required to learn the essentials of ecology. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August, Chicago, IL.

Nichols, B.H. (2008). Sound production in nearshore rockfishes (Sebastes spp.). Western Groundfish Conference, March, Santa Cruz, CA.

Regional, Invited & Online Presentations

Nichols, B.H. (2013). The Seven Qualities of Great Science Teachers. Presented to a meeting of pre and inservice Project Pride minority and male elementary teachers. February, Lakeland, FL.

Nichols, B.H. (2012). Environmental education and the earth smarts framework. Presented at the 32nd League of Environmental Educators in Florida annual conference. March, Apopka, FL. GEC badge

Nichols, B.H. (2011). Learn about earth smarts: A freely available educational construct for socioecological literacy. Presented online at the 2011 Global Educational Conference. Nov.

Nichols, B.H. (2009). Functional ecoliteracy: A transdisciplinary construct analysis based on quality of life. Presented at the University of South Florida Emerging Paradigms Conference. April, Tampa, FL.

Nichols, B.H. (2005). Media convergence and science journalism for researchers. Spoke for the University of South Florida College of Marine Science Seminar Series. February, St. Petersburg, FL.

Gore, J., Hastings, D., Nichols, B.H., & Ogden, J. (2004). Scientific integrity in policymaking? One of four panelists for A Roundtable Discussion of the Use and Abuse of Science in Policy, hosted by the University of South Florida, October, St. Petersburg, FL.

Nichols, B.H. (2003). Bioterrorism & the media: Lessons of the anthrax scare. Presented content analysis results as part of the Hidden Curriculum luncheon series of the Program for Ethics in Education and Community (PEEC), April, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Nichols, B.H. (2002). Developing a marine species list for identification by volunteers: Experiences of the Georgia Strait Alliance intertidal quadrat studies. Presented at the North American Practitioners Workshop on Research and Monitoring of Marine Reefs using Volunteer Divers, Institute of Ocean Sciences, June, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Grants & Fellowships

In addition to my own grants, I have worked directly with a number of educational research and curriculum development grants including Florida PROMiSE and the Coalition for Science Literacy.

ASAP Helios Grant - University of South Florida in Lakeland

2012-2014   Project Manager for this $950,000 STEM education grant, including co-writing a resubmission and preparing ongoing reports.

Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean

2009    PI: Bryan H. Nichols      Total: $1,000

Investigating the environmental attitudes of pre and inservice teachers in Dominica: How does education contribute to the Caribbean’s most natural island?

University Graduate Fellowship – College of Education

2006    Bryan Nichols    Awarded: $10,000

First Year Fellowship – College of Marine Science

2003    Bryan Nichols    Awarded: $14,000

Service

NARST Publications Advisory Committee

2012 - 2014

Two year appointment that includes recommending policy concerning the Association’s publications as well as developing/disseminating additional specifically targeted publications for media, policy-makers, education officials, teachers, and other professional organizations.

Faculty Mentor

2012-2013

Mentor for Project Pride minority preservice teachers in Polk County, FL.

Journal Of Sustainability Education Reviewer

2010 - ongoing

Reviewer for open-access journal.

NARST Reviewer

2008 - ongoing

Review papers for the National Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual Conference.

NAAEE Reviewer

2009 - ongoing

Reviewed papers for the North American Association of Environmental Educators Annual Conference.

Committee Member

2008
Worked on question and test validation for the Florida middle school science and high school biology teacher examination tests

Editor & Manager

July 2005

Managed a team of reporters, edited and produced The Daily DLESE , a newsletter for the Digital Library for Earth Systems Educators conference.

Contributor

Spring 2004

Working with law students and one of the 12 Commissioners, provided fisheries-related comments and input to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.

Assistant Coordinator

April 2003

Helped organize Talking to the Media: A Workshop for Researchers , a three-panel workshop for about 60 researchers.

Assistant Coordinator

Spring 2003

Helped organize the Science Communication Initiative (SCI) Series for the Science Journalism Center, USF St. Petersburg. Lecture topics included: science literacy, media framing of social sciences, science vs. journalism methods.

Assistant Coordinator

Spring 2003

Helped organize the KUDOS Series (Knowledge, Understanding and Dialogue about Original Scholarship) for the Science Journalism Center, USF St. Petersburg.

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