Woodrow McKenzie, PhD

Associate Professor
Program Director for MEd in Science

Woody McKenzie


Thompson 204


Originally from the coalfields in southern West Virginia, Dr. McKenzie came to Lynchburg College in 1998. He spent two years prior at the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Radford University teaching physical science. He has also taught in public schools at the Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (chemistry and biology) and at Alleghany High School (biology). In addition, Dr. McKenzie has a wide variety of employment/experience related to science education, including research and industrial chemical labs, the U.S. Forest Service, and as a graduate assistant in academic settings.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, 1996, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Biology, 1984, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • BS in Biology w/Honors, 1974, Concord College, Athens, West Virginia

Professional Interests/Research

Woody McKenzie is interested in science education reform and the effective use of technology as a tool for learning. His dissertation “Investigative Learning in an Undergraduate Biology Laboratory: an Investigation into Reform in Science Education” may be viewed at Electronic Dissertation.

Dr. McKenzie is also involved in an environmental science education grant to develop and utilize the Claytor Nature Study Center to improve environmental education in the area.