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Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

Dr. Titu Andreescu

Andreescu, Dr. Titu

Associate Professor

972-883-2437

FN 3.308G

txa051000@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

Research Explorer Page

  • PhD in Mathematics, University of West Timisoara, Romania
  • MS in Mathematics, University of West Timisoara, Romania
  • BA in Mathematics, University of West Timisoara, Romania

Research Focus for SME:

The cornerstone throughout my career as an educator has been teaching tomorrow’s thinkers about the joys of problem solving in a high engagement setting. To best serve students interested in becoming mathematics educators, it is critical to work with talented young minds across the country, providing them the guidance, resources, and opportunities necessary to realize their full potential. Insights gained through these outreach initiatives provide real-life examples for my students at the university level of the impact early problem solving based education has on bright elementary, middle, and high school students. Problem solving offers an alternative for creative thinkers and, by its very nature, is a high engagement learning environment. Mathematics competitions are a fun way to introduce students to Discrete Mathematics topics such as Number Theory, my main area of research.

 

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Curry, Barbara A

Senior Lecturer/MAT Advisor

972-883-4008

FN 3.218B

barbc@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

Research Explorer Page

  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • MA in Audiology, University of Illinois
  • BS in Deaf and Elementary Education, Texas Woman’s University

Research Focus for SME:

Research interests concentrate on inquiry-based science instructional strategies and their use in training pre-service elementary science teachers.

 

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Donaldson, Katie

UTeach Dallas Assistant Director/Master Teacher

972-883-6427

FN 3.308M

katie.donaldson@utdallas.edu

  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Zoology, Texas A&M University
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Biology 6-12
    • Chemistry 6-12

 

Research Focus for SME:

Recruitment, retention, induction, and development of STEM Educators are the focus of my work at UTeach Dallas. In addition, we are developing ways to encorporate PBI, specifically the engineering design process, into our coursework.

 

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Dorsey, Floyd

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-2417

FN 3.410B

floyd.dorsey@utdallas.edu

  • MEd in Administration, Lamar University
  • BS in Education, East Central University
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Secondary Mathematics (6-12), Texas
    • All-Level Physical Education (PK-12), Texas
    • Secondary Health Education (6-12), Texas
    • Secondary Mathematics (8-12), Oklahoma
    • Health & Physical Education (K-12), Oklahoma
    • Computer Science (8-12), Oklahoma

 

 
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Gammons Jr, Bill

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-6444

FN 3.308L

bill.gammons@utdallas.edu

  • MAT in Administration, Sam Houston State University
  • BA in Teaching, Sam Houston State University
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Mid-Management Administrator (PK-12)
    • Secondary Mathematics 6-12
    • Secondary History 6-12

 

 
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Hajeri, Vinita

Dean’s Fellow/Senior Lecturer

972-883-6482

FN 3.308E

vxh151030@utdallas.edu

  • PhD in Molecular Biology, University of North Texas
  • MS in Botany, University of Mumbai

Research Focus for SME:

Research focuses on utilizing genetic model organisms in K-12 science education. Molecular Biology: Genetics controls of the cell cycle in
embryonic and cancer development of model organisms

 

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Kirkland, Pam

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-4318

FN 3.308D

Pam.Kirkland@utdallas.edu

  • MEd in Administration, Concordia University Texas
  • BA in Microbiology, UT Austin
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Principal Grades (EC-12)
    • Secondary Biology Grades (6-12)
    • Secondary Life-Earth Science Grades (6-12)
    • English as a Second Language Supplemental

 

Research Focus for SME:

Enhancing Learning of Middle School Science through Peer Tutoring.

 

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Lalani, Amin

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-6451

FN 3.308F

amin.lalani@utdallas.edu

  • MA in Mathematics, UT Austin
  • BS in Mathematics, UT Tyler
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Mathematics Grades 8 – 12

 

Research Focus for SME:

Best Practices in Mathematics and implementation of technology to explore math concepts.

 

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McConnell, Jim

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-2481

FN 3.308B

james.mcconnell@utdallas.edu

  • EdD in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction, TAMU Commerce
  • MS in Psychology, TAMU Commerce
  • BS in Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Superintendent, Lifetime, PreK-12
    • Mid-Management, Lifetime, PreK-12
    • Provisional: Physics 6-12, Mathematics 6-12, Psychology 6-12

 

 
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Montgomery, Homer

Associate Professor

972-883-2480

FN 3.308H

mont@utdallas.edu

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Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Geology, UT Dallas
  • BS in Geology, UT Austin

Research Focus for SME:

Geosciences: Paleoecology of the Upper Cretaceous in West Texas, Paleotempestology of the Texas coast and the island of Antigua.

 

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Taylor, Stephanie

Senior Lecturer

972-883-6044

FN 3.308C

StephanieM.Taylor@utdallas.edu

  • PhD in Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UT Dallas

 

Research Focus for SME:

It has been shown over and over the a research experience is beneficial. It is good for undergraduates in learning about the scientific process. It helps teachers orient their lessons to the real world and makes science more tangible instead of just an exercise. But what is it in the experience that makes the connection? We investigate the process of empowering undergraduates to ask their own questions, design and carry out their own experiments to demonstrate that a research lab may not be the only place a true research experience can be gained. Biochemistry: Protein synthesis pathways in archaea, and Astrobiology (with Dr. Urquhart)

 

Georgia Stuart

Stuart, Georgia
Lecturer I
972-883-2913
FN 3.308A
georgia.stuart@utdallas.edu

  • in process: PhD in Applied Mathematics, UT Dallas
  • MAT in Math Education, UT Dallas
  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Mathematical Sciences, UT Dallas

Research Focus for SME:

Mathematics: Exploration geophysics, full waveform inversion, probabilistic inversion

 

Dr. Mary Urquhart

Urquhart (Kelly), Mary

Associate Professor and Department Head in Science Education

972-883-2499

FN 3.218C

urquhart@utdallas.edu

Research Explorer Page

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MS in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • BS in Geophysics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • BS in Physics (Astrophysics Option), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Research Focus for SME:

Dr. Urquhart’s research interests range from thermal processes on planetary surfaces and astrobiology, to instructional design and intervention in mental model formation for students from pre-Kindergarten to graduate school. She has published on Mars, the Moon, icy Galilean satellites, and the asteroid Eros, and is currently working on an Astrobiology project involving Saturn’s moon Enceladus. She is an astronomy and physics education researcher with a passion for both formal and in-formal education, a former Education and Public Outreach Co-Lead for a UT Dallas-built NASA mission, and has written numerous curriculum pieces made freely available to teachers.

 

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York, M. Kate

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher

972-883-2498

FN 3.410A

Kate.York@utdallas.edu

  • in process: PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education, Texas Tech University
  • MEd Educational Leadership and Policy Studies K-16, UT Arlington
  • BA Biology, Southwestern University
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Principal EC-12; Science 8-12
    • Life Science 8-12; English Language Arts and Reading 8-12
    • Dance 6-12

 

Research Focus for SME:

My current research interests focus on project-based learning (PBL), 21st century skills development, and global collaborative education experiences in both K-12 and preservice teacher education contexts.

 

 

Affiliated Faculty

 

Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

John G. Burr

Burr, Dr. John G.

Associate Professor, Associate Head Department of Biological Sciences

972 882-2508

FN 3.110

burr@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • BS in Chemistry, UC Riverside
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley

Research Focus:

Molecular and cell biology of cancer

 

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Dieckmann, Dr. Gregg R.

Associate Professor, Associate Head Department of Chemistry

972-883-2903

BE 2.324

dieckgr@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Chemistry, University of Michigan
  • MS in Chemistry, University of Michigan
  • BA in Chemistry, DePauw University
  • BA in Computer Science, DePauw University

Research Focus:

The overall theme of the research in my lab at UTD has been to use protein design, engineering and modified solid phase peptide synthetic methodologies to create novel biopolymers, novel bio/nano hybrid materials, and useful models for metalloproteins. The current primary research foci include the following: (1) Bioadhesives—the design of protein-based biopolymers that display bioadhesive properties in aqueous environments—how do various organisms create materials that are used to adhere to foreign and varied surfaces, and do so in a challenging water medium? (2) Bionanotechnology—the design of protein motifs that generate noncovalent functionalization of the surface of carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials—can the biopolymers be used to provide new and desirable properties?

 

Dr. Pamela Gossin

Gossin, Dr. Pamela

Professor, History of Science/ Literary Studies in School of Arts and Humanities

972-883-2071

JO 5.404

psgossin@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in History of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • PhD in English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • English

Research Focus:

History of Science and interdisciplinary Literature and Science studies (especially 17th through 20th centuries); women and science; literature and the environment, including nature writing; scientific biography and autobiography; popularization of science and public education in science and technology; science poetry; interrelations of astronomy, cosmology and literature; Japanese anime and manga; Great Plains literature and culture; “Great Books” of World Cultures.

 

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Hoffman, Dr. John H.

Professor, Department of Physics

972-883-4846

PHY 1.710

jhoffman@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Physics, University of Minnesota

Research Focus:

Research focus is on the study of Planetay atmospheres. Moon, Venus, Mars and Earth’s ionosphere, using miniature mass spectrometers.

 

Dr. Joseph Izen

Izen, Dr. Joseph M.

Professor, Department of Physics

972 546 2540

PHY 1.612

je@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Physics, Harvard University
  • MA in Physics, Harvard University
  • BS in Physics and Math, The Cooper Union

Research Focus:

Research focus is on proton collisions produced at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the high energy frontier of elementary particle physics. I collaborate on the ATLAS experiment which studies the Higgs boson and which searches dark matter, new forces that affect dark matter, microblack holes, and whatever surprises await in collisions that reproduce conditions common during the first billionth of a second following the Big Bang. I analyze data from the BaBar experiment that has finished collecting data from the annihilation of electrons and positrons with the PEP-II storage ring at SLAC.

 

Dr. Susan Minkoff

Minkoff, Dr. Susan E.

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

(972) 883-6695

FO 2.402B

sminkoff@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Computational and Applied Math, Rice University
  • MA in Computational and Applied Math, Rice University
  • BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, Duke University

Research Focus:

Applied Mathematics, specifically numerical analysis and scientific computing. Applications modeled include geoscience and optics.

 

Dr. Robert Stern

Stern, Dr. Robert J.

Professor, Department of Geosciences

972-883-2442

ROC 1.201

rjstern@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Earth Sciences, UCSD

Research Focus:

Dr. Robert J. Stern is Professor of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has worked for 34 years. Stern teaches undergraduate courses in Petrology and graduate courses in Tectonics and also serves as the Graduate Advisor and head of the Global Magmatic and Tectonic Laboratory. He and his students and colleagues have studied the geology of the Arabian-Nubian Shield since 1977, including work in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel; this research can be found on Google Scholar and on ResearchGate. He is Editor-in-Chief of International Geology Review.

 

Dr. John Zweck

Zweck, Dr. John

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

972 883 6699

FO 3.704J

zweck@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Mathematics, Rice University
  • BS in Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide

Research Focus:

Computational and Applied Mathematics with applications to engineering systems and devices, especially in optics and photonics

 

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

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Baker, Wesley

PT Lecturer

972-883-2496

FN 3.218

wab090020@utdallas.edu

 
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Brogden, Jason

Lecturer

214-728-3411

FN 3.308K

jkb100020@utdallas.edu

  • in process: PhD in Biology, UNT
  • MA in History of Science, OU
  • BS in Kinesiology/Motor Learning, UT Austin

Research Focus for SME:

Research focus is on the history of science in science education, science and religion.

 

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Dingrando, Laurel

Lecturer

972-883-2493

FN 3.308K

lpd015000@utdallas.edu

  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Microbiology, Texas Tech University
  • Teaching Certificate in:
    • Secondary Science, Composite 6-12
    • English as a Second Language Supplemental

Research Focus for SME:

Research interests concentrate on inquiry-based science and math instructional strategies and their use in training pre-service science and math teachers.

 

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Hennessey, Emily

Senior Lecturer

972-883-2730

CB 1.203

ehennessy@utdallas.edu

 

  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BA in Elementary Education, University of Dallas
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Elementary 1-8
    • Elementary English 1-8
     

 

 

SME Professor Emeritus

 

Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

Butts, Dr. Tom

Professor Emeritus

972-883-2496

tbutts@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Mathematics, Michigan State University
  • MS in Mathematics, Michigan State University
  • BA in Mathematics/Education Knox College

Research Focus for SME:

Research focus is on mathematical problem solving and Inquiry based learning.

 

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Fifer, Dr. Fred

Professor Emeritus

972-883-2496

fifer@flash.net

  • PhD, Peabody College/Vanderbilt University
  • MS in Curriculum instruction/Science Education,East Texas State University
  • BS in Chemistry, Earth Science, Stephan F. Austin State University
  • Teaching certificates in:
    • Science 7-12
Dr. Cynthia Ledbetter

Ledbetter, Dr. Cynthia

Professor Emerita

972-886-9324

ledbetter@utdallas.edu

 

  • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Science), Texas A&M University
  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Biology, UT Arlington
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Secondary Biology, Life
    • Secondary English, Life
    • Secondary Science Composite, Life

Research Focus for SME:

Current research focus is on Learning Environments in elementary and secondary international schools.

 

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Melton, Dr. Lynn A

Professor Emeritus

972-883-2913

FN 3.308A

melton@utdallas.edu

Faculty Profile Page

Research Explorer Page

  • PhD in Chemistry, Harvard University
  • MA in Chemsitry, Harvard University
  • BS in Chemistry, Caltech

Research Focus for SME:

Research focus is on the use of manipulatives to enhance concept formation in middle school science classes.

 

     

 

Staff

 

Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

Esthela Beltran

Beltran, Esthela

SME ASO

972-883-4215

FN 3.218A

esthela@utdallas.edu

 

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, UT Dallas
Kim Distin

Distin, Kim

SME/UTeach Dallas Program Coordinator, Intern Coordinator, & Materials Manager

972-883-6415

FN 3.308Q

kimd@utdallas.edu

 

  • in process: PhD in Philosophy in Science Education, Curtin University, Perth, AU
  • MAT in Science Education, UT Dallas
  • BS in Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Secondary Science, Composite, Grades 6-12, Lifetime

Research Focus for SME:

Research focus is in the Learning Environments of preservice teachers. Previous research on the effects of IPC on chemistry and physics understanding and test scores helped to shape decisions of the Texas SBOE.

 

Joe Ferrara

Ferrara, Joe

Director, Institute for Instructional Excellence

972-883-6244

FN 3.118B

joe.ferrara@utdallas.edu

  • EdD in Education Leadership, TCU
  • MEd in Educational Administration, TCU
  • BS in Biology, TCU
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • Secondary Biology, Grades 6-12
    • Principal, Grades (EC-12)

Research Focus for SME:

Research focus on teacher concerns associated with the implementation of innovative instructional approaches.

 

Hailey King

King, Hailey

UTeach Dallas Academic Advisor

972-883-6485

FN 3.308P

hailey.king@utdallas.edu

 

  • MEd in Higher Education Administration, University of Houston
  • BS in Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Mary Ann Snedecor

Snedecor, Mary Ann

Secretary III

972-883-2496

FN 3.218

mas063100@utdallas.edu

 

 
Melissa Wyder

Wyder, Melissa

SME Administrative Assistant

972-883-6497

FN 3.308N

melissa.wyder@utdallas.edu

  • BS in Business and Public Administration, UT Dallas
     
 

 

 

 

Teaching/Research Assistants

 

Name and Contact Info

Educational Background

Crystal Bettlyon

Bettilyon, Crystal

SME/UTeach Dallas TA

972-883-6414

FN 3.214

cnb160530@utdallas.edu

  • BS in Neuroscience, minor in Chemistry, Baylor University
Hillary Fulghan

Fulgham, Hillary

SME/UTeach Dallas TA

972-883-2497

FN 3.308R

hjf100020@utdallas.edu

  • BS in Biology, UT Dallas
  • Teaching Certifications in:
    • 7-12 Science Composite

Research Focus for SME:

Research focuses determining hurricane data from Follet’s Island, TX to support the expansion of climate change education in the secondary science classroom.”

 

Kassie Newport-Forbes

Newport-Forbes, Kassie

SME/UTeach Dallas TA

972-883-6414

FN 3.214

kjn150130@utdallas.edu

  • BS in Cultural Anthropology, Northeastern University
Kristen Newton

Newton, Kristen

SME/UTeach Dallas TA

972-883-2497

FN 3.308R

Kristen.Newton@utdallas.edu

  • BS in Exercise Physiology, UT Austin