Teacher Education Faculty Listing

Primary Program Faculty

  • Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cultural foundations of cognition 
  •  Media theory and criticism
  • Lifespan development theory
  • STEM education
  • Digital Literacy Project @ Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa:  with funding from Carnegie Foundation.
  • Assistant Provost for Faculty Development
  • Professor, Mathematics Education
  • Director of Teacher Education, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests  

  • Mathematics Teacher Noticing
  • Mathematics Teaching Practice
  • Teacher Professional Development

Allied Faculty

  • Emeritus Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Research Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • STEM Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Earth Science Education
Amanda Gonczi

Amanda Gonczi

  • Associate Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director of Research and Evaluation, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform

Areas of Expertise 

  • Design and implementation of professional development for K-12 and undergraduate STEM teachers
  • K-12 STEM education research 
  • Program evaluation 

Amanda's CV

Research Interests

  • Instructional practices that support environmental literacy and stewardship
  • Integration of computing into STEM education
  • Teachers beliefs about reforms-based science instruction including nature of science, inquiry, engineering, Next Generation Science Standards, and technology integration
  • Professional development elements (remote and face-to-face) that support instructional change, teacher leadership and reforms-based science instruction
  • Using levels of inquiry to support teachers' understanding and integration of mathematical and scientific inquiry in k-12 education
  • Teachers' understandings regarding key concepts in science including respiration and photosynthesis
  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Specialties

  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design
  • Professor of Physics
  • Director and John and Phyllis Seaman Endowed Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Nanotechnology Education
  • Assessment in STEM education

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite
Michael Meyer

Michael R. Meyer

  • Teaching Professor
  • Faculty Development

Education

  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Physics, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Specialties

  • Provides instructional support including learning technologies, student surveys, and instructional workshops
  • Holds pedagogical consultations with faculty and staff from all departments
  • Conducts training for graduate teaching assistants
  • 50% appointment as physics teaching professor
Carla Strome

Carla Strome

  • Adjunct Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences