Marguerite (Peggy) Brickman
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Biological Sciences, Rm 407
Phone Number:  706-542-1690

Ph.D Biology Education, University of California, Berkeley 1993

Research Projects: 

I have a novel position for a large research university, that of an introductory Biology teaching specialist. I have a tenure-track appointment in a biological science department but rather than conducting biological research, I focus on developing innovative teaching materials for college students. My major objective in preparing and assessing the effectiveness of these materials is to insure that students fulfilling their general science graduation requirement develop basic science literacy skills. I currently teach over 350 students each semester and strive to impart a lifelong interest in Biology as well as the skills needed to really use that knowledge in decisions they make in their future careers and lives. Publications of my instructional materials include online case studies, inquiry-based labs exercises, and interactive media exercises. My interest in teaching also extends to collaborating with graduate student and post-doctoral instructors interested in researching the effectiveness of teaching methods and sharing those methods in the training and development of future instructors.

Grant Support: 
  • NSF (DUE-0942261) PI “Project Synergy: Transforming undergraduate large-enrollment science courses using graduate-student "scaffolded" apprentices.” $192,257 (2010-2012).
  • NSF- PRISM STEM Regional Institute Grants for Networks to Improve Teaching and Student Learning in College Undergraduate STEM Courses. Northeast Georgia Regional Institute Informing Teaching in Undergraduate Introductory Science Courses, (2009-2010).
  • NSF (CCLI Phase III) Senior Personnel “FIRST IV - Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching - Focus on Postdoctoral Scholars”, (2009-2012).
  • NSF (DUE-0920264) Faculty Participant on “Case Study Teaching: How Do Questions and Emotional Engagement Impact Student Learning?” (2009-2011).
Of Note: 
  • 2010 Senior Teaching Fellow University of Georgia
  • 2008 Outstanding Professor Award - National Panhellenic Council.
  • 2008 Presented the Honor’s Day Talk at the University of Georgia.
  • 2007 Inducted Member of Teaching Academy at the University of Georgia.
  • 2007 Regents Award for the Scholarship of State of Georgia, Regents Teaching and Learning.
Recent Publications: 
  • Miller, Kristen, Peggy Brickman, and Steven J. Oliver (In press) Enhancing Teaching Assistants’ (TAs) inquiry teaching by means of teaching observations and reflective discourse. School Science and Mathematics.
  • Herreid, Clyde Freeman, Terry, David, Lemons, Paula, Armstrong, Norris, Brickman, Peggy, and Eric Ribbens. (In press) Emotion, Engagement, and Case Studies. Journal of College Science Teaching. 
  • Gormally, Cara, Brickman, Peggy, and Mary Lutz. (2012) Developing a Test of Scientific Literacy Skills (TOSLS) in Biology: Measuring undergraduates’ evaluation of scientific information and arguments. CBE-Life Sciences Education 11; 364-377. 
  • Brickman, Peggy, Cara Gormally, Greg Francom, Sarah E. Jardeleza, Virginia G. W. Schutte, Carly  Jordan, and Lisa Kanizay (2012). Media-Savvy Scientific literacy: Developing Critical Evaluation Skills by Investigating Scientific Claims. American Biology Teacher, 74(6); pp. 374-379. 
  • Glynn, S.M., Brickman, P., Armstrong, N., & Taasoobshirazi, G. (2011). Science Motivation Questionnaire II: Validation with science majors and nonscience majors. Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 48 (10); 1109-1233.
  • Lundeberg Mary A. Hosun Kang3, Bjørn Wolter, Robert delMas, Norris Armstrong, Bruno Borsari, Nancy Boury, Peggy Brickman, Kristi Hannam, Cheryl Heinz, Thomas Horvath,
  • Maureen Knabb, Terry Platt, Nancy Rice, Bill Rogers, Joan Sharp, Eric Ribbens,
  • Kimberly S. Maier, Mike Deschryver, Rodney Hagley, Tamar Goulet and Clyde F. Herreid. (2011). Context Matters: Increasing Understanding with Interactive Clicker Case Studies. Educational Technology Research and Development 59: 645-671. 
  • Gormally, Cara, Peggy Brickman, Brittan Hallar, and Norris Armstrong: (2011) Lessons learned about implementing an inquiry-based curriculum in a college biology laboratory classroom. Journal of College Science Teacing. Vol. 40 (3), 45-51.
  • Brickman, Peggy, Cara Gormally, Brittan Hallar, and Norris Armstrong: (2009) Effects of Inquiry-based Learning on Students’ Science Literacy Skills and Confidence. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Volume 3, Number 2, July 2009.
  • Glynn, Shawn M., Taasoobshirazi, Gita, and Brickman, Peggy. (2009) Science Motivation Questionnaire: Construct Validation with Nonscience Majors. Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 46 (2); 127-146.
  • Brickman, Peggy, Shawn Glynn, and Geoffrey Graybeal: (2008) Introducing Students to Cases. Journal of College Science Teaching: XXXVII (3): 12-16.
  • Armstrong, Norris, Shu Mei Chang, and Peggy Brickman: (2007) Cooperative Learning in Industrial Sized Biology Classes. CBE-Life Sciences Education; 6 163-171.
  • Glynn, Shawn M., Gita Taasoobshirazi, and Peggy Brickman. (2007) Nonscience Majors Learning Science: A Theoretical Model of Motivation. Journal of Research in Science Teaching: 44 (8); 1088-1107.
  • Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Adjunct Associate Professor