Dr. Doug Golick

Doug Golick
Science Education, Human Dimensions of Beneficial Insect Systems

Faculty Profile


Dr. Doug Golick is a Professor of Entomology with a combination Teaching and Extension appointment. He is interested in Science Education, Human Dimensions of Beneficial Insect Systems, and Insect Ecology. Golick regularly teaches ENTO 810 Insects as Educational Tools and ENTO/ALEC 830 Introduction to the Development of Distance Education. 


  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, Emphasis Instructional Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (December 2005). Dissertation: Enhancement of Student Performance With Web-based Exercises: Does it work for insect identification?
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis Instructional Technology, Minor Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (May 2001).
  • B.S. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (May 1999).

Professional Responsibilities and Activities

  • Research and Teaching Interests:
    - Using insects as a model for engaging students and teachers in science teaching
    - Use of insects systems and conservation to improve science literacy
    - Using arthropods to teach systems-thinking
    - Pollinator education and conservation programming
    - Citizen science programming
    - Survey development.
  • Courses Instructed:
    - ENTO 810: Insects as Educational Tools. Graduate Level Course, Distance Delivered.
    - ENTO/ALEC 830: Introduction to the Development of Distance Education Courses. Graduate Level Course, Distance Delivered.
    - ENTO 915: Presentation Methods. Graduate Level Course, Distance Delivered.
    - Introduction to Entomology Lab, Undergraduate.
  • Service:
    - University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Member
    - UNL Faculty Senate Member
    - IANR College Curriculum Committee Member
    - University Curriculum Committee College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Representative (2022- 2024)
    - President, Nebraska Academy of Sciences (2018-2019, Interim Vice President 2023)
    - Chair, Entomological Society of America Education and Outreach Committee (2019-2020)
  • Awards
    - 2022 North Central Branch Entomological Society of America Distinguished Teaching Award
    - 2020 UNL CASNR College Distinguished Teaching Award
    - 2017 APLU Innovative Teaching Award
    - 2015 Innovative Extension Specialist Award


Representative Publications:

  • Osborn, L., Hoback, W., Parkison, A., & Golick, D. (2023). Science Education Through Creative Writing: A Case Study Using Entomology. NACTA Journal67, 33.
  • Da Silva, K. F., Burnham, E., Louis, J., Golick, D., & Everhart, S. (2023). Nationwide assessment of leadership development for graduate students in the agricultural plant sciences. PLOS ONE, 18(4), e0279216. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0279216
  • Jimenez, P. C., Golick, D., Couch, B. A., & Dauer, J. M. (2022). Developing and evaluating a pollination systems knowledge assessment in a multidisciplinary course. International Journal of STEM Education, 9(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-022-00368-6
  • Golick, D., Hoback, W.W., Knowlton, E., and Shufran, A. (2021). Debugging Misconceptions About Arthropods. American Entomologist, 67(4), 32-39. https://doi.org/10.1093/ae/tmab072
  • Lynch-O’Brien, L. I., Babchuk, W. A., Dauer, J. M., Heng-Moss, T., & Golick, D. (2021). Transference of Citizen Science Program Impacts: A Theory Grounded in Public Participation in Scientific Research. Diversity13(8), 339.
  • Gosselin, D., and Golick, D. (2020). Posters As An Effective Assessment Tool For a Capstone Course. J Environ Stud Sci. 10:2 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13412-020-00612-x.
  • Bertsch, B., Hemstra, J. and Golick, D. (2020). Preparing to Cocreate: Using Learning Circles to Ready Extension Professionals for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement. Journal of Extension, v58 (3), Feature v58-3a1. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1259059.
  • Westerhold, C. M., Wortman, S., Todd, K., & Golick, D. (2018). Knowledge of Pollinator Conservation and Associated Plant Recommendations in the Horticultural Retail Industry. HortTechnology, 28(4), 529-535. DOI: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH03973-18.
  • Ingram, E., and Golick, D. (2018). The Six-Legged Subject: A Survey of Secondary Science Teachers’ Incorporation of Insects into U.S. Life Science Instruction, Insects. 9 (1). http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/9/1/32
  • Lynch, L., Dauer, J. Babchuk, W., Heng-Moss, T. and Golick, D. (2018). In Their Own Words: The Significance of Participant Perceptions in Assessing Entomology Citizen Science Learning Outcomes Using a Mixed Methods Approach. Insects. 9(1). http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/9/1/16
  • Vickrey, T., Golick, D., Stains, M. (2018). Educational technologies and instructional practices in agricultural sciences: Leveraging the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework to critically review the literature. NACTA Journal 62(1).
  • Archibald, W., Bradshaw, J., Golick, D., Wright, R. and Peterson, J. (2017). Nebraska growers’ and crop consultants’ knowledge and implementation of integrated pest management of western bean cutworm Striacosta albicosta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 9(1): 1-7.
  • Troupe, G., Peterson, A.M., Golick, D., Turnbull, S., Lee, D. (2017). Improving genetic engineering secondary education through a classroom-ready online resource. Journal of Food Information Technology. 0(0) (Online) 1-18 pp https://doi.org/10.1080/10496505.2017.1353915
  • Golick, D., Dauer, J., Lynch, L., & Ingram, E. (2017). A framework for pollination systems thinking and conservation. Environmental Education Research, 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1349878
  • Troupe, G., Golick, D., and Lee, D. (2016). Genetic engineering online lesson leads to increased knowledge and more accepting student attitudes. NACTA Journal. 60(2), 167-175.
  • Golick, D. & Heng-Moss, T. (2013) Insects as Educational Tools: An online course teaching the use of insects as instructional tools. American Entomologist. Entomological Society of America. 59:3 183-187. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologyfacpub/351/
  • Golick, D., Heng-Moss, T., Steckelberg, A., Higley, L., Brooks, D., & Fowler, D. (2013). Using Web-based Key Character and Classification Instruction for Teaching Undergraduate Students Insect Identification. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 22(4), 509-521. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-012-9410-z
  • Golick, D., Heng-Moss, T., & Ellis, M. (2010). Using Insects to Promote Science Inquiry in Elementary Classrooms. NACTA Journal 54:3.


  • Grants Received:
    -$100,000 - EPA (2019-2022). - Wright, R. and Golick, D., Wu-Smart, J., Weissling, T., Peterson, J., McMechan, J., Hunt, T., Bradshaw, J. Developing Conservation Skills in Students through Beneficial Insect Protection in Community Agroecosystems.
    -$55,163 ($137,500 total)– Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas (2019-2021). Golick, D. (PI), Keshwani, J., and Weissling., Milkweed in the Classroom.
    - $115,628 - SARE (2017-2020) Golick, D. (PI), Wu-Smart, J., Starkweather, K., Fras, Wyatt. Honey bee on the farm: Connecting women beekeepers and farmers for environmental and economic benefit.
    - $300,000 - Hatch Internal (2016-2020) Wu-Smart, J. (PI), Golick, D., Weissling, T., Peterson, J., Koehler-Cole, K., Banerjee, S., IC-1792, Grant, NE1501: Sustainable landscape solutions to reduce pesticide exposure and promote establishment of beneficial insect and pollinator communities in agricultural areas
    - $238,500 - NIFA (2016-2018) Hein, G. (PI), Lee, D. Everhart, S. et. al. Golick, D. Bridging the Gap: Educating multidisciplinary professionals to steward pest management technologies for sustainable agriculture.
    - $364,520 - Nebraska Environmental Trust (2015-2017) Golick, D. (PI) and Evertson, J. Community as Habitat: Nebraska communities supporting pollinators and landscape diversity through native water-wise plant habitat.
    - $149,999 - Monsanto (2014-2017) Golick, D. (PI), Wright, R., Meinke, L., Seigfried, B., Miller, N., Hunt, T., Hein, G., and Lee, D. Teaching corn rootworm resistance management strategies through interactive mobile and web-based educational modules.
    - $48,283 - Nebraska Environmental Trust (2013-2017) Golick, D. (PI), Ellis, M., Weissling, T. and Lynch, L. Pollinator habitat for rural areas.
    - $6,345 - Kickstarter.com (2013) Golick, D. (PI), and Weissling, T. (2013) Bumble Boosters designing a better bumble bee domicile. Kickstarter.com
    - $1,990,273 - NSF WIDER (2013-2017) Perez, L. (PI), Arthurs, L., Couch, B. Golick, D., Heaton, R., Lee, K., Stains, M. Adopting research-based instructional strategies for enhancing STEM education.
    - $3,375,000 - Department of Agriculture - AFRI. (2012-2018), Hein, G., et. al. Golick, D. Mite-Virus disease complex in wheat: A predictive model.


Project Websites:


216 ENTO Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816


80% Teaching, 20% Extension