banner USF Home College of Arts & Sciences OASIS myUSF USF A-Z Index

USF Home > College of Arts and Sciences > Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Richard  Pollenz

Richard Pollenz

Richard Pollenz
Professor, Director USF-HHMI STEM Academy Program

Contact

Office: BSF 204
Phone:
Lab: BSF 261, 263
Email:
pollenz@usf.edu

Links

Education

Ph.D. - Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology (Northwestern University)

BS - Toxicology (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)

STEM Education Research, Environmental Molecular Toxicology, Cell Biology

Biography

Richard S. Pollenz earned a BS degree in Toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a PhD in Cellular, Molecular and Structural Biology from Northwestern University. He was a tenured faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina prior to taking a position within the Biology Department at the University of South Florida in 2000. Dr. Pollenz’s research program has been funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and focused on aspects of molecular toxicology. His research included studies of gene regulation and protein degradation mediated by environmental chemicals such as TCDD. His lab published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in many of the top journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Pharmacology, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Toxicological Sciences.

Richard Pollenz PhD teaching undergraduate research students at USF

 

He was named a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of Molecular Pharmacology in 2013.Dr. Pollenz served USF as the Associate Dean in the USF Graduate School between 2008-2011 where he developed numerous professional development workshops for graduate students and used institutional data analysis to help inform practices and procedures. .  He rebuilt the USF Office for Undergraduate Research with innovative training and hands-on attention to students and served as its Director between 2011-2016.

Dr. Pollenz is the Director of the successful STEM Academy Program that is designed to empower first-year STEM majors entering the university for maximal engagement and success.  Since 2015, nearly 350 Scholars have participated in the program many of whom are now engaged in undergraduate research across multiple disciplinary areas.  STEM scholars have a 98% retention rate at the university and have high academic success due to the personal attention and community that the program creates.  Please see the STEM Academy website for additional information about the program and application eligibility.

 

Research

Since 2012 my research focus is exclusively in the area of Discipline Based Education Research or DBER. The HHMI grant awarded in 2014 provides some support for research in this area. Specifically, I am engaged in big data analysis of >25,000 student records to determine true persistence rates for STEM and non-STEM majors and to identify areas within the curriculum that may be modified to promote greater retention and achieve higher learning gains. This research has been used to inform the development of several STEM initiatives and has also been presented at AACU and Society of Toxicology conferences. I am also interested in innovative methods to teach the natural sciences (flipped classrooms, inquiry-based learning, project and research-based high impact practices, science of baking, etc.) and the measurement of learning outcomes such as the use of mobile applications and competency-based assessments. Finally, we endeavor to develop robust methods to evaluate cognitive changes in the students who engage in our programs such as increased self-efficacy and sense of community (see CBE publication, 2017). Although CMMB does not currently have a biology education track for the PhD, there are several DBER faculty in the SNSM departments and students interested in these or other STEM education research areas should contact me directly to discuss the possibility for graduate work.

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
90376BSC 2010003Bio I - Cellular Processes
flyer
3MW

2:00pm-3:15pm

ULH 101

95235BSC 2010L028Bio I Cellular Processes Lab
SEA PHAGES--Consent of Instructor. Co-Requisite of BSC 2010 (crn 90376).
1M

8:00am-10:00am

ISA 3015

95236BSC 2010L029Bio I Cellular Processes Lab
SEA PHAGES--Consent of Instructor. Co-Requiste of BSC 2010 (crn 90376).
1M

10:15am-12:15pm

ISA 3015

82176BSC 4910021Undergraduate Research
Must also register for (crn 90376).
1W

8:00am-10:00am

ISA 3015

84200BSC 4910022Undergraduate Research
1W

10:15am-12:15pm

ISA 3015