Faculty and Staff

Dr. Titu Andreescu

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

Like the hunter who finally catches the fox, Dr. Kenneth Balkus Jr. must be pleased whenever he develops a better chemical trap. He works with zeolite materials — porous crystalline metal oxides that act as ion-exchangers used in water softening and as absorbents and catalysts. 

 

Katie Donaldson

UTeach Dallas Assistant Director/Master Teacher
972-883-6427
FN 3.308M
[email protected]

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

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

Floyd Dorsey

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher
972-883-2417
FN 3.410B
[email protected]

  • 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

Dr. Vinita Hajeri

Dr. Vinita Hajeri
Dean’s Fellow/Senior Lecturer
972-883-6482
FN 3.308E
[email protected]

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

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.

Emily Hennessey

Senior Lecturer
972-883-4008
FN 3.218B
[email protected]

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

Pam Kirkland

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher
972-883-4318
FN 3.308D
[email protected]

  • 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

Enhancing learning of middle school science through peer tutoring.

Amin Lalani

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher
972-883-6451
FN 3.308F
[email protected]

  • MA in Mathematics, UT Austin
  • BS in Mathematics, UT Tyler
  • Teaching certifications in:
    • Mathematics Grades 8-12

Best practices in mathematics and implementation of technology to explore math concepts.

Dr. Jim McConnell

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher
972-883-2481
FN 3.308B
[email protected]

  • 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

Dr. Stephanie Taylor

Senior Lecturer
972-883-6044
FN 3.308C
[email protected]

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

It has been shown over and over that 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

Lecturer I
972-883-2913
FN 3.308A
[email protected]
  • 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

Mathematics: Exploration geophysics, full waveform inversion, probabilistic inversion

Dr. Mary Urquhart

Associate Professor and Department Head in Science Education
972-883-2499
FN 3.218C
[email protected]
UT Dallas Profile Page
SME 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

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.

Dr. M. Kate York

Clinical Assistant Professor – Master Teacher
972-883-2498
FN 3.410A
[email protected]

  • 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

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

Dr. John G. Burr

Associate Professor, Associate Head Department of Biological Sciences
972 882-2508
FN 3.110
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page

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

Research focus: Molecular and cell biology of cancer.

Dr. Gregg R. Dieckmann

Associate Professor, Associate Head Department of Chemistry
972-883-2903
BE 2.324
[email protected]
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. Matthew Goeckner

Professor, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
972 883-2437
NSERL 3.406
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page
UTD Profile Page

  • PhD in Plasma Physics, University of Iowa
  • MS in Physics, University of California – Los Angeles
  • BS in Physics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • BS in Mathematics, Southern Illinois University

Research focus: In the general area of science education, I am very interested in transfer student success.

Dr. Pamela Gossin

Professor, History of Science/ Literary Studies in School of Arts and Humanities
972-883-2071
JO 5.404
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page

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.

Dr. Joseph M. Izen

Professor, Department of Physics
972 546 2540
PHY 1.612
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page

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

Research focus: 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 E. Minkoff

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
(972) 883-6695
FO 2.402B
[email protected]
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 J. Stern

Professor, Department of Geosciences
972-883-2442
ROC 1.201
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page

  • PhD in Earth Sciences, UC San Diego

Dr. Robert J. Stern is professor of geosciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. 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. Julie Sutton

Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences
972-883-3843
FN 2.208
[email protected] 

  • PhD in Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington
  • MS in Mathematics, UT Arlington
  • BS in Mathematics, UT Arlington

Research focus: Visualization, problem-solving, group learning and software-aided learning.

Dr. John Zweck

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
972-883-6699
FO 3.704J
[email protected]
Faculty Profile Page

Research focus: Computational and applied mathematics with applications to engineering systems and devices, especially in optics and photonics.

Adjunct Faculty

Wesley Baker

Future UTD Comets on Twitter: "UT Dallas Traditions: Temoc, the ...

Part-time Lecturer
972-883-2496
FN 3.218
[email protected]

Research focus: The history of science in science education, science and religion.

Tara Urbanski

Lecturer
972-883-4008
[email protected]

  • PhD in Geosciences, UT Dallas
  • MS in Geosciences, UT Dallas
  • MS in Environmental Science,  University of North Texas
  • BA in Geography, Minors: Geology, Spanish, University of North Texas

SME Professors Emeriti

Dr. Fred Fifer

972-883-2496
[email protected]

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

Dr. Cynthia Ledbetter

972-886-9324
[email protected]

  • 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: Learning environments in elementary and secondary international schools.

Dr. Lynn A. Melton

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

Research focus for SME: The use of manipulatives to enhance concept formation in middle school science classes.

Staff

Esthela Beltran

SME ASO
972-883-4215
FN 3.218A
[email protected]

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, UT Dallas

Dr. Kim Distin

SME/UTeach Dallas Program Coordinator, Intern Coordinator, Lecturer, & Materials Manager
972-883-6415
FN 3.308Q
[email protected]

  • 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: 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.

Hailey King

UTeach Dallas Academic Advisor
972-883-6485
FN 3.308P
[email protected]

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

Mary Ann Snedecor

Secretary III
972-883-2496
FN 3.218
[email protected]

Melissa Wyder

SME Administrative Assistant
972-883-6497
FN 3.308N
[email protected]

  • BS in Business and Public Administration, UT Dallas

Teaching/ Research Assistants

Baily Hale

SME/UTeach Dallas TA
972-883-6414
FN 3.214

  • BS Physics, UT Dallas
  • (current) MAT Science Education & MS Physics, UT Dallas
  • Certification: Physical Science 6-12 

Jody Martin

SME/UTeach Dallas TA
972-883-6414
FN 3.214

  • BS Mathematics, UT Austin
  • (current) MAT Science Education, UT Dallas
  • Certification: Secondary Mathematics 6-12