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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Meet the Faculty

Andrew Izsak Andrew Izsak (contact me)
Professor, Director of STEM Education Program
Andrew's research focuses on how students and teachers reason about topics related to multiplication (including fraction arithmetic, proportional relationships, and linear equations). He is especially interested in how they make use of inscriptions (drawings) and resources for reasoning about quantities. In addition to research on teaching and learning, he enjoys developing novel mathematics courses.
Bárbara M. Brizuela Bárbara M. Brizuela (contact me)
Professor, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences
I have taught kindergartners, graduate students, and many others in between, and my current research focuses on children's learning of elementary mathematics, including early algebra, children's learning of the notational number system and other notational aspects of mathematics, and mathematics teachers' learning and professional development.
Brian E. Gravel Brian E. Gravel (contact me)
Assistant Professor, Director of Elementary Education
Brian studies how people use representations to think and reason–within technological environments, in makerspaces, and in elementary school classrooms. He works with future teachers in STEM fields to foster intellectual approaches to teaching built on the belief that children are nascent scholars with many valuable resources that serve as the foundation of meaningful work.
Julia Gouvea Julia Gouvea (contact me)
Assistant Professor
Julia studies biology learners and biology learning environments primarily at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She is primarily interested in studying and designing learning experiences for biology students that support scientific reasoning.
David Hammer David Hammer (contact me)
Professor, Department Chair
David studies learning and teaching in the sciences and engineering, across ages from young children through adults. Most of his work has been in physics; he started thinking about engineering education in 2010 when he joined the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.
Jessica Watkins Kristen Bethke Wendell (contact me)
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kristen studies learning and teaching in engineering, at levels from elementary school to undergraduate. In particularly she's focused on discourse practices in engineering and how to support learners' engagement in them; prospective teachers' learning to solve engineering design problems in their local communities; and responsive practices of teaching in engineering.