Dr. Doug Golick

Doug Golick
Associate Professor
Science Education, Human Dimensions of Beneficial Insect Systems

Faculty Profile


  • 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: 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., McKinzie, P., 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. (2012). Using Web-based Key Character and Classification Instruction for Teaching Undergraduate Students Insect Identification. Journal of Science Education and Technology DOI 10.1007/s10956-012-9410-zhttp://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologyfacpub/352/
  • 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