The CeMaST Management Team is comprised of the CeMaST Director, CeMaST Associate Directors, and CeMaST Assistant Directors. The CeMaST Management Team is led by the CeMaST Director, while the CeMaST Associate Directors assist in carrying out the mission of CeMaST and extend the reach of the Center into their respective colleges. The appointed Assistant Directors lead CeMaST's efforts in their respective areas.
The members of the CeMaST Management Team have been successful in obtaining and leading funded projects within science, technology and mathematics education and are able to assist those interested in pursuing funding opportunities.
Title: (CAS- Mathematics) Associate Director for Research, Publications & Research Grants Development
College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Mathematics
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-7849; Email: email@example.com
Primary research interests include the learning and teaching of the mathematics of measurement, geometric reasoning, the use of computer software to model mathematical ideas, and the professional development of teachers engaged in teaching elementary and middle-school level mathematics or science. Dr. Barrett served as Principal Investigator of a four-year project, Learning Trajectories to Support the Growth of Measurement Knowledge: Pre-K through Middle School in collaboration with Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama at the University of Denver along with Craig Cullen, a colleague at Illinois State University. Barrett also led the project team for: A Longitudinal Examination of Children’s Developing Knowledge of Measurement: Mathematical and Scientific Concept and Strategy Growth from Pre-K to Grade 5. Both projects were funded through the Discovery Research K-12 Program of the National Science Foundation.
Title: Assistant Director for Underrepresented Groups
College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Biological Sciences
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-3071; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rebekka Darner is a science education researcher, and she conducts research along several lines of inquiry, all with the over-arching goal to improve the quality of science education at the post-secondary level. Her two general areas of research are motivation and scientific discourse.
Title: (CAST) - Associate Director of STEM Teacher Professional Development
College and Department: College of Applied Science and Technology, Department of Health Sciences
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-7862; Email: email@example.com
Dr. Chris Merrill Technology & Engineering Education, STEM education, and standards-based teaching and learning are Merrill's primary teaching and research interests.
Title: CeMaST Director, Professor of Chemistry
College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-3708; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vita: Dr. Hunter's Vita
In the past five years, my research and scholarship has been centered within three strands: Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, and Action Research in the chemistry classroom. These three strands are interrelated and are essential for achieving scientific literacy among citizens. These strands are also consistent with the Science for all Americans theme accentuated in the current science education reforms (see Project 2061).
For example, inquiry instruction in science facilitates the understanding of science content knowledge, and development of scientific process skills and critical thinking among students. Action research is all about helping teachers to pay attention to various forms of data available to them as they make changes in their pedagogical approaches. Therefore, I believe research on these strands contributes to effective science teaching and learning and the development of scientific and chemical literacy among citizens.
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Title: (COE) Associate Director for STEM Ed Faculty Development and Graduate Programs/Students
College and Department: College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-3567; Email: email@example.com
Dr. Tony Lorsbach's research interests have been broadly in the area of science teacher education. In the last few years he has been interested in the use of natural history to promote interest in ecology, evolution, and environmental awareness; using primary sources in the teaching of science, specifically the correspondences of Charles Darwin to teach the nature of science; and teachers perceptions of social class and how it influences beliefs and teaching practices.
Title: (CAS- Science) Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs and Community Relations
College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics
Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-2934; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rutherford is an experimental physicist in atomic and molecular physics. His research program currently centers on electron polarization studies and the use of spin-labeling techniques.