Holly Bender, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVP

Director, Office of Educational Research Development

Professor

Instructional Focus

Clinical Pathology
 

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment.


Academic/Professional Bio

Dr. Bender has extensive experience as a veterinary clinical pathologist, faculty member, faculty developer, and educational researcher. She brings thirty-one years as a practicing faculty clinical pathologist and twenty-two years of experience conducting collaborative educational research leading multidisciplinary teams of educators and software developers with a shared vision and a passion for education. Dr. Bender led the research groups that designed, developed, and implemented an open-source cognitive tool, ThinkSpace, and its predecessors, used in 25 veterinary schools in the US, Canada, Australia, South America, and Europe. ThinkSpace is used widely to support the Unviersity of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine’s innovative curriculum and disciplines including dietetics, food science, animal science, human development, geology, education, physics, English, world languages, statistics, planning, journalism, and engineering.

Board Certification and Education

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathology, Clinical Pathology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Pathology, Virginia Tech
  • Clinical Pathology Residency VMRCVM and the University of Georgia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Michigan State University

Previous Positions

  • Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs, CVM, University of Arizona
  • Morrill Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, CVM, Iowa State University (ISU)
  • Associate Director, ISU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
  • Director, ISU Preparing Future Faculty Program
  • Director, ISU Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program
  • Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, CVM, ISU
  • Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, CVM, ISU
  • Associate Professor, DBSP, VMRCVM, Virginia Tech
  • Director, Biomedical Informatics Research Group, Virginia Tech
  • Director, Clinical Pathology Laboratory, VMRCVM, Virginia Tech
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiology, VMRCVM, Virginia Tech
  • Clinical Instructor, DVBCS, VMRCVM, Virginia Tech
  • Veterinary Practitioner, mixed animal practice

Selected Grants (funded)

  • Mathieu RM, A Austin, HS Bender, H Campa, G Justice NSF “The CIRTL Network: 25 Research Universities Preparing a National Faculty to Advance STEM Undergraduate Learning” $5,000,000 2013-17
  • HS Bender, JP Boysen, AJ Peer. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CIRTL Network Commons: Connecting 22 Research Universities with Multi-functional Open-Source Software to Prepare a National Faculty to Advance STEM Undergraduate Learning. Subcontract from University of Wisconsin $550,000 2014-2017
  • David Holger, Lorraine Acker, Holly Bender, Karen Bovenmyer, Sonali Diddi, Cynthia Fletcher, Gregory Forbes, Jonathan Fox, Clinton Gudmunson, Larysa Nadolny, Craig Ogilvie Student Financial Education: Individualized and Gamified.  Council of Graduate Schools, 2013 $40,000.
  • Ogilvie CA, Bender HS, CIRTL@ISU, National Science Foundation, subcontract from University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2013-2016, $105,000
  • Bender HS, Boysen JP, Peer AJ, Mangiamele PJ, Camou J, Fiderlick J, Triplet J. CIRTL Network IT Needs Assessment. National Science Foundation. Subcontract from University of Wisconsin, Madison 2012 $100,000
  • Danielson, JA, Bender HS, Di Terlizzi R, Shoemaker C, Ogilvie C, Dewell R, Dewell G, Young K, VanDerZanden AM, Schmidt A, Boysen P, Ostojic et al. Solving problems in sustainable agriculture and food safety: Helping future agricultural professionals learn to solve complicated multi-disciplinary problems. Grant: USDA HEC 2010-2012 $499,951.00
  • Craig Ogilvie, Holly Bender, Jared Danielson, John Jackman, Dale Niederhauser Dissemination of ThinkSpace: an online delivery tool of authentic, complex problems to increase students’ problem-solving skills, National Science Foundation, 2010-2012 $200,000
  • Danielson JA, Bender HS, Hassall, L. The use of Lecture Capture in Light of Teaching Approach and Content Type: An Institution-Wide Study. Echo360 $9,868.00 2009 1 year
  • HS Bender, EM Mills, PJ Vermeer, JA Danielson, MM Christopher, KM Young. DA Smith, JW George, PA Pion. Creating and Distributing a Comprehensive On-line Learning System for Diagnostic Reasoning. Department of Education, Learning Anytime, Anywhere Partnership (LAAP) Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.  $1,242,846, October 2001-2005
  • EM Mills, HS Bender, PJ Vermeer, G. Daniel Boon, B Purswell, M. Reardon, Teaching Food Animal Diagnostic Skills: A Multi-Institutional Web-Based Approach. USDA Higher Ed Challenge Grant $99,873-September 2001-2004
  • HS Bender, BB Lockee, EM Mills, GD Boon, JK Burton, GA Holmes, JA Danielson and DS Hix. Becoming an Expert: Developing Food Animal Veterinary Clinical Diagnostic Skills. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant 1999-2001 $88,248.

Awards

  • American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology National Educator Award
  • ISU SCAVMA Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Clinical Sciences
  • 2016
  • 2011
  • William O. Reece Award for Outstanding Academic Advising
  • 2009
  • Norden Distinguished Teacher Award- Iowa State University CVM
  • 2008
  • Iowa State University Sesquicentennial Hubbard Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2007
  • ISU SCAVMA Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Clinical Sciences
  • 2007
  • National Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award - Outstanding Veterinary Medical Educator of the Year
  • 2004
  • National SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2004
  • Norden Distinguished Teacher Award- Iowa State University CVM
  • 2004
  • VEISHEA Faculty Member of the Year-ISU CVM
  • 2004
  • ISU SCAVMA Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Basic Sciences
  • 2003
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 2004
  • 2002
  • XCaliber Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology
  • 2002
  • Clifton Garvin Fellowship Award for Research Excellence
  • 2002
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 2003
  • 2002
  • W.E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Tech
  • 2001
  • VMRCVM Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2001
  • Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence
  • 2000
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 2001
  • 1999
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1999
  • 1997
  • Merck Creative Teaching Award
  • 1996
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1995
  • 1993
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1994
  • 1992
  • Merck Creative Teaching Award
  • 1991
  • Norden Distinguished Teacher Award VMRCVM
  • 1991
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1991
  • 1988
  • VMRCVM Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1988
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1988
  • 1985
  • Young Investigator Award, American Diabetes Association
  • 1984
  • VMRCVM Teacher of the Year Award, Class of 1986
  • 1983

Honors

  • 2019 Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC) Best Paper Award for Scholarship
  • 2018 Named Iowa State University Morrill Professor
  • 2016 VeterinarianEdu.org’s List of the Top 15 Most Influential Veterinarians
  • 2005 Senate Resolution 29-recognition by the State of Iowa General Assembly for Teaching Excellence
  • 2001 Induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence Virginia

Current Memberships

  • Team-Based Learning Collaborative
  • American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP)
  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)
  • American Veterinary Medical Society (AVMA)
  • Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society