Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lacy Cleveland

Meet Dr. Lacy Cleveland

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Biological Education (University of Northern Colorado)
  • M.A., Biology (Emporia State University)
  • B.S., Biology (Southwestern College)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Lacy Cleveland comes to CCU with a wealth of broad and varied teaching experiences. Cleveland previously taught in high school science in the rural, suburban, and urban settings. During her first year as a secondary educator, the Kansas State Board of Education granted her the Horizon Award, recognizing Cleveland for her excellence in outstanding teaching skills. Over the expansion of her teaching career, Cleveland has also taught for several community colleges and universities. Most recently, Cleveland comes from Red Rocks Community College, where she taught general biology, hosted cadaver workshops, and executed a grant to produce open education resource biology curriculum. 

Cleveland expresses gratitude for the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to serve the CCU community. She hopes to build upon the School of Science and Engineering's tradition of excellence and to inspire the next generation of health professionals to show God's love and power as they live out their calling.

  • Leatherman, J.L., & Cleveland, L.M. (2019) Student exam performance in flipped classroom sections is similar to that in active learning sections, and satisfaction with the flipped classroom hinges on attitudes toward learning from videos. Journal of Biological Education, 66.
  • Callan, K., Adams, W.K., Cleveland, L. (2018, Spring). MythBusters:Interventions to address and correct misperceptions about the teaching profession. Forum on Education Newsletter.
  • Cleveland, L.M., McCabe, T.M., & Olimpo, J.T. (2018). A call for programmatic assessment of undergraduate student's conceptual understanding and higher order cognitive skills. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 19(1).
  • Cleveland, L.M., & Reinsvold, R.J. (2017) Development of oral communication skills by undergraduates that convey evolutionary concepts to the public. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 18,(1).
  • Cleveland, L.M., Olimpio, J.T., & DeChenne, S.E. (2017). Investigating the relationship between instructors' use of active learning strategies and students' conceptual understanding and affective changes in introductory biology: A comparison of two instructors. CBE-Life Science Education, 16(2), ar19.
  • Cleveland, L.M. & Olimpio, J.T. (2015). Deciphering primary and popular literature: An interactive approach for promoting students' development of scientific, digital, and information literacy in the undergraduate context. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 16(2), 256-257.
  • Reinsvold, L.A., Reinsvold, R.J., Cleveland, L.M., Adams, W.K., & Keenan, S.M. (2014). Report of the 2013 Colorado STEM teacher preparation symposium. Greeley, CO: University of Northern Colorado.