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Faculty & Staff


Mickey Kolis

Associate Professor
Centennial Hall 3419
(715) 836-4960


  • Ed.D. - Northern Illinois University
  • M.S. - Northern Illinois University - Biology
  • B.S. - Knox College - Biology and Chemistry

Areas of Expertise:

  • Science Education
  • Backwards Design and Essential Questions
  • Assessment Data and Curriculum Feedback Loop
  • Collaborative Leadership - Dispositions, Knowledges, and Skills
  • Team-teaching and student cohorts

Courses Taught:

  • CI 212: Initial Teaching Experience in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • CI 312: General Teaching Methods
  • CI 318: Teaching Assisting
  • Graduate Courses:
    • Creative and Critical Thinking
    • Systems Thinking
    • Designing a Learning Enviornment

Journals of Publication:

  • Wisconsin School Musician
  • Reading Improvement


  • Kolis, M., (2014). Brainball (Science Edition): Teaching Inquiry Science like a Team Sport. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (contract in-hand)
  • Krusack, E. and Kolis, M., (2013). The Purpose-Driven Classroom. Teachers of Vision, vol. 58, no. 4.
  • Kolis, M., (2013). Rethinking Teaching: Classroom Teachers as Collaborative Leaders in Making Learning Relevant. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Kolis, M. and Krusack, E., (2012). Powerful Ideas in Teaching. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Kolis, M., Krusack, E., Stombaugh, A., Stow, R., Hanson Brenner, G., (2011). Designing learning lessons for the university classroomCurrents in Teaching and Learning     vol. 4, no. 1.
  • Kolis, M., (2011). Student Relevance Matters: “Why Do I Have to Know this Stuff?” Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
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