Jerry A. Waldvogel


(Dr. Jerry Waldvogel passed away on May 30th; please see important details about the memorial service, condolences and other details at this location)

Contact Information

Phone: 864 656-3825
FAX: 864 656-0435


  • Ph.D. Behavioral Biology, Cornell University, 1981
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1976

Research Interests

  • My primary research focus is the on-going development of innovative teaching methods for the life sciences and the national dissemination of those methods to K-16 science teachers. I have nearly 30 years of experience teaching college-level introductory biology courses, and have also taught a popular field methods course in behavioral ecology at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in the Gulf of Maine since 1983. Recently I have taught new courses for in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers that make explicit the link between modern science and traditional topics in agricultural education. I have also developed undergraduate courses on evolution and creationism, as well as introduction to the role of science and technology in society. My teaching includes interactive methods such as the use of role-playing and focused debates involving controversial issues in biology, having students write creative poetry to enhance their scientific understanding, implementing service learning projects related to course content, and having students develop reflection-based electronic portfolios of their coursework. I am also active in efforts at the state and national levels to defend the integrity and quality of science education against the intrusion of pseudoscientific notions such as creationism and “intelligent design” into the science classroom. In addition to teaching beginning and upper division biology courses, I have a strong interest in helping college students to generally improve their study skills, including the development of a web site specifically to address that topic.
  • My second area of research is the behavior, ecology, and neurophysiology of animal orientation systems, particularly the use of olfaction and polarized light by homing pigeons. I have also done work on the hibernation behavior of woodchucks and on applying theories of evolution and behavioral ecology to help explain patterns of child homicide in humans.

Selected Publications

  • Waldvogel, J. A.  (in press). Using electronic portfolios for assessment in college science courses: instructor guidelines and student responses.  In: Assessment in College Science Teaching, NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.
  • Waldvogel, J. A.  (2006)  Mating Darwin with Dickenson: how writing creative poetry in biology helps students think critically and build personal connections to course content.  Pgs. 198-194 in Handbook of College Science Teaching (J. L. Mintzes & W. H. Leonard, eds).  NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.
  • Connor-Greene, P.A., Mobley, C., Paul, C.E., Waldvogel, J.A., Wright, L. and A. Young. Teaching and Learning Creatively: Inspiration and Reflections. (2006) Parlor Press, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Wagner, L. K., Yilmaz, U., Shelburne, V., Waldvogel, J. A. and M. Taylor-Haque (2005). The Nature of Clemson: A Field Guide to the Natural History of Clemson University. Clemson University Digital Press, Clemson, SC.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (2005). Assessing effectiveness and student satisfaction for two service learning projects in a college introductory biology course. Creative College Teaching Journal 2(1): 78-89.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (2004). Implications of future biological research for the biology curriculum. Pgs 15-19 in Biology and the Physics-First Curriculum: A Symposium Celebrating BSCS’s 45th Anniversary (R. Bybee and A. Gardner, eds.). Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado Springs.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (2004). Writing poetry to assess creative and critical thinking in the sciences. Pgs. 58-59 in Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction (M. Druger, E.D. Siebert and L.W. Crow, eds). NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (2004). Teaching evolution by analyzing student misconceptions. Pgs. 94-95 in Teaching Tips: Innovations in Undergraduate Science Instruction (M. Druger, E.D. Siebert and L.W. Crow, eds). NSTA Press, Arlington, VA.
  • Young, A., Connor-Greene, P., Waldvogel, J. A. and C. Paul (2003). Poetry across the curriculum: four disciplinary perspectives. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, 6(2): 14-44.
  • Lord, W. D., Boudreaux, M. C., Jarvis, J. P., Waldvogel, J. A. and H. J. Weeks (2002). Comparative patterns in life course victimization: competition, social rivalry, and predatory tactics in child homicide in the United States. J. Homicide Studies 6(4): 325-347.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (2001). Using birdsong playback as a tool for teaching animal behavior. Pages 247-260 in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 22 (S. J. Karcher, Editor). Proceedings of the 22nd Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 489 pages.
  • Layfield, K. D., Minor, V. C. and J. A. Waldvogel (2001). Integrating science into agricultural education: A survey of South Carolina teachers’ perceptions. Pgs 422-432 in: Proceedings of the 28th Annual National Agricultural Education Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. and V. C. Minor (2000). Study Guide to accompany Discover Biology by M. L. Cain, H. Damman, R. A. Lue and C. K. Yoon. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
  • Glase, J. C., M. C. Zimmerman and J. A. Waldvogel (1992). Investigations in orientation behavior. Pages 1-26 in Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Volume 6 (C. A. Goldman, S. E. Andrews, P. L. Hauta, and R. Ketchum, Editors). Proceedings of the 6th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 161 pages.
  • Waldvogel, J. A. (1990). The bird's eye view. American Scientist. 178:342-353. Clemson, SC.

Recent Courses

  • BIOSC 472/672 - Ornithology
  • BIOL Honors 103/104 – General Biology
  • BIOL 122 – Keys to Biodiversity
  • BIOL 210 – Evolution & Creationism
  • BIOSC 200 - Biology in the News
  • BIOSC 490 – Special topics for National Scholars on Marine Mammals, Galapagos Islands, Alaska & Iceland
  • CHS Honors 199 - Nature & Enlightenment
  • Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell U.) – Ecology of Animal Behavior
  • STS 102 - Ideas, Machines & Society

Professional Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior Society
  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • National Center for Science Education
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Society
  • Society for College Science Teachers
  • South Carolinians for Science Education
  • South Carolina Science Council