Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Kerry D. Fulcher, Ph.D.

  • Provost & Chief Academic Officer
  • Phone: Phone: (619) 849-2651
  • Phone: Fax: (619) 849-7018
  • Phone: Office Location: Mieras Hall, Room 201


  • B.S. Biology - Northwest Nazarene College
  • Ph.D. Zoology - University of Idaho
  • Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship - National Institute of Environmental Health Science, NIH


Administrative Experience

  • 2011-Present Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
    • Responsible for all undergraduate and graduate operations related to the curriculum, instructional programs, educational policy, academic planning, and academic resources.
  • 2010-2011 Acting Provost & Chief Academic Officer, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • 2008- 2010 Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • 2002-2008 Chair, Biology Department, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • 1998-2008 Director of the Integrated Semester for Freshmen (ISF) program, Point Loma Nazarene University 

Teaching Experience

  • 2002-2008 Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • 1998-2002 Associate Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • 1994-1998 Assistant Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene College 

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Study of Reproduction
  • Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching 

Honors and Professional Activities

 PLNU Alumni Teaching Development Award 2006 “Bioinformatics in Transition: Moving Bioinformatics From a Stand-Alone Course to an Embedded Discipline Across the Biology Curriculum.”

PLNU RASP Award 2004 “Assessment of the impact of the ISF program on the intellectual and ethical development of its participants.”

PLNU Sabbatical Award, Spring 2002. “The Application of National Recommendations for Non-Science Major Curricula to the BIO 101 ISF GE Course: A Catalyst for Future Changes in the Biology GE Course Offerings at PLNU.”

PLNU Alumni Teaching Development Award 2001. “Applying National Science Curriculum Reform Guidelines To The Non-Majors Biology Component Of The Integrated Semester For Freshmen.”

Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Grant 2001 from The Center for Teaching and Learning. “Implementation of class and web-based presentations of student projects in the biology classroom.”

Project Kaleidoscope: Faculty for the 21st Century, Selected 2000.

PLNU Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable grant, Enhancing the Integration of the ISF Program through Technology, 1999.

PLNU Alumni Teaching Development Award, An Investigative Approach to Learning Biology in an Upper Division Biology Course: Modeling Science Not Cooking, 1998.

Manuscript Reviews for Biology of Reproduction, 1994- 2003 (3-4 per year).

Manuscript Reviews for Cell Biology Education, 2002-2004.

 Invited Lectures or Talks

Talks on the Creation/Evolution Debates

  • Mission Valley Church of the Nazarene-Adult Sunday school Class - 1998
  • First United Methodist Church- Adult Sunday school Class - 2000
  • Fresh Start Southern California District Nazarene Leadership Conference - 2001
  • PLNU Board of Trustees - 2002 Spring Meeting
  • PLNU Faculty Workshop - 2002 Fall
  • PSY400 History and Contemporary Issues in Psychology - Fall 2003, 2005
  • Point Loma Neighborhood Bible Studies Combined Workshop - 2005
  • Messiah College Workshop: Hospitality, Critical Thinking and Truth - 2009
  • Grace Point Church of Del Mar - 2009
  • Center for Truth Discovery, Knoxville, Tennessee - 2009

Talks on Stem Cells and Ethics

  • ASB Forum - 2003
  • COM 231 Argumentation and Debate - 2004
  • San Diego First Church of the Nazarene - Adult Education Workshop - 2004

Talks on Spiritual Lessons from Science and Nature

  • PLNU Chapel - Proverbs and the Scientific Method, Fall 2002
  • PLNU Chapel - Living Life in Full Color, Fall 2004

 University Committees and Assignments

1997-99               Retention Task Force
1998-2000         Student Programs and Policies Committee
1998-99               Teaching and Technology Roundtable
1998-99                Century II Commission Committee on Student Experience
1999                       Science Building Project Committee
1999-2001           Faculty Council, Chair
1999-2001           Agenda Committee
2000-2008         Advisory Committee for the First-Year Experience
2000-2002         WASC Five-Year Report Steering Committee
2002-2005          Teacher Education Committee
2003-2006          Pre-Health Advisor
2003-2006          Academic Policies Committee
2004-Present     General Education Task Force
2005-2006          Provost Search Committee
2006-2007          Strategic Planning Goal #4 Committee
2007-Present     Science Building Project Committee 

Dr. Fulcher's published manuscripts and abstracts published while at PLNU, his community and church involvement and personal/background information can be viewed by clicking on his Curriculum Vitae.