Doctor Eisenkraft is also a Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is past president of the National Science Teachers Association. Dr. Eisencraft is chair and co-creator of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, involving 15,000 students annually. His current research projects include investigating the efficacy of a second generation model of distance learning for professional development; a study of professional development choices that teachers make when facing a large scale curriculum change and assessing the technological literacy of K-12 students.
Cathlene Leary-Elderkin is the Director of the Science Education and Literacy Center at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching & Learning at Rider University. As Director, Cathlene leads an array of professional development experiences for K-12 teachers with the goal of enhancing their teaching of science and most recently, in preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards. Prior to joining Rider, Cathlene worked on STEM initiatives at Burlington County College and served as a naturalist at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute at Antioch University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science in Botany as well as a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication from Miami University.
Francis Cuss has served as Chief Scientific Officer since July 2013, and has been a member of the company’s Senior Management Team since 2010. Francis is a physician with a background in general and academic medicine and broad experience in both pharmaceutical research and development. He joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2003 as senior vice president, Drug Discovery, took over additional responsibility for the discovery and exploratory development of potential new medicines in May 2006, and for all Research functions in 2010. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Francis was a practicing physician with a specialization in pulmonary medicine. He has also held several academic appointments, most recently as adjunct associate professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Francis received his medical training in the United Kingdom. He holds medical degrees from Cambridge University, U.K. and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Dr. Walencik assisted Egypt’s Ministry of Education in developing a critical thinking and problem-solving based national curriculum. He has delivered an address at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s centennial celebration and at the UN sponsored International Science and Technology Conferences in Israel and German. Dr. Walencik has also worked with teachers in Bogotá, Colombia, on incorporating problem-based learning into curriculum. In the USA he has worked on the Statewide Systemic Initiative in Math, Science and Technology Education. He is currently a consultant to several projects with the Stevens Institute of Technology including the GK-12 initiative with doctoral engineering students and is working on iSTeM preK-12 grace level initiatives.
Dr. Short has been involved in science education for over twenty years. His professional interests include inquiry-based learning and teaching, immersive professional development, educative instructional materials, collaborations between informal science education institutions and schools, and the development of science leadership teams in schools and districts. In addition to teaching middle and high school science, Dr. Short directed a national science curriculum and implementation center at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and led the redesign of the K-12 science program in Denver Public Schools. His professional development experience includes working with school systems and science teachers from several urban school districts across the country.
Dr. P. Patrick Leahy is the Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) of Alexandria, Virginia, a nonprofit federation founded in 1948 of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than quarter of a million geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Prior to his current position, Dr. Leahy served as Associate Director for Geology of the U.S. Geological Survey where he had responsibility for Federal basic earth science programs, which include worldwide earthquake hazards monitoring and research, geologic mapping of land and seafloor resources, volcano and landslide hazards, and assessments of energy and mineral resources. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology (1968) and geophysics (1970) from Boston College. He received his doctorate in geology (1979) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he specialized in regional ground-water studies.
Provost Willard Gingerich, appointed in 2008, serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Montclair State University and, in the absence President, serves as acting President. Prior to assuming his position at Montclair State, Gingerich served as Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before that, he served first as Dean of the Graduate School and then as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research at St. John’s University.
Dr. Prezant is also a Professor in the Departments of Biology and Molecular Biology. His research, with funding from NSF, NOAA, E.J. Noble Foundation, and public and private agencies, resides in marine and freshwater biodiversity, ecology, and organismal functional morphology, with publications in Science, Marine Biology, Journal of Zoology and many others. He was President of the American Malacological Society and serves or has served on the NJ Sea Grant Board of Directors, NJ Sea Grant Advisory Committee, Passaic River Basin Flood Advisory Commission, NJ R&D Council, Board of Trustees of the Hackensack University Medical Center Mountainside, and the Liberty Science Center Learning & Teaching Committee. He is University Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and there was presented the Outstanding Research Award. He was Editor-in-Chief of the American Malacological Bulletin for ten years and Editor of Perspectives in Malacology, and The Second International Corbicula Symposium. Dr. Prezant holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware, an MS in Marine Science from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Biology from Adelphi University.
Emily J. Klein and Monica Taylor are Co-Principal Investigators on the WIPRO Science Education Fellowship, which is a teacher-leadership program that supports experienced K to 12 science teachers to deepen their practice while staying in the classroom. They also recently served as the lead faculty of the secondary strand of the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR) Program, which focused on preparing math and science teachers for Newark public schools. They have published several articles and presented at numerous national and international conferences on research related to the residency project. They are currently working on a book about the NMUTR through SensePublishers.
Dr. Klein earned her doctorate in English Education from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She previously taught high school English in NYC where she developed and implemented interdisciplinary curriculum with the American Social History Project and the NYC Opera Project. She is the author of several articles on high school professional development, building communities of practice, and teacher leadership, and published a book about scaling up of successful high school designs, Going to scale with new school designs: Reinventing high school, with Teachers College Press.
With a background in teaching urban middle school students, Dr. Taylor earned her doctorate in Language, Reading, and Culture at the University of Arizona. She has developed a self-study methodology, co/autoethnography, with Dr. Lesley Coia and has published several papers exploring its use with feminist pedagogy. In 2014, she co-edited a self-study volume, Gender, feminism, and queer theory in self-study of teacher education practices. Additionally, her research focuses on teaching for social justice through inquiry, the focus of her book, Whole language teaching: Whole hearted practice, with Peter Lang.
Dr. Fails general area of research is human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration. Dr. Fails has been designing technologies with and for children since 2003. He founded and directs an intergenerational design team called Kidsteam at Montclair State University. In Kidsteam, children and adults work as partners in the design process and often work on designing and developing informal educational experiences.
Jennifer L. Goeke began her professional career as an elementary inclusion teacher and received her Ph.D. from the University at Albany in Educational Psychology. She is currently Associate Professor in the department of Secondary and Special Education at Montclair State University. She is the principal investigator on the U.S. Department of Education /Office of Special Education Programs-funded “Restructuring Preservice Preparation for Innovative Special Education (RePPrISE)” project. Dr. Goeke has considerable experience in providing respectful collaboration and cooperation with partner schools in Montclair State University’s Network for Educational Renewal, especially in the planning and implementation of long-term professional development for the implementation of responsible inclusion practices. Her areas of research include teacher education pedagogy and the development of special educators’ reasoning and instructional thought. Dr. Goeke is the author of “Explicit Instruction: Strategies for Meaningful Direct Teaching” published by Pearson.
Erika Hackett is the Supervisor of Science for the Orange Public Schools. She has enjoyed over 16 years of working in the educational system. Ms. Hackett started as an owner and operator of a daycare center. She began working with the Orange Board of Education, starting as a para-professional, quickly transitioned into the position of Science Resource Teacher, and then moved into the role of an Instructional Coach/Master Teacher of Science. Her key roles have been to improve instruction and student understanding through developing pedagogies, best practices and implementing projects and programs.
Katrina Macht is a sixth grade science and English teacher in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District and consultant to PRISM (Professional Resources in Science & Mathematics) at Montclair State University. She is a curriculum specialist, who is recognized throughout the United States for her expertise in environmental education, science inquiry, integration of science and literacy, and service-learning. For the past several years she has worked with PRISM to link scientists in the field to classrooms throughout the United States by way of interactive video broadcasts. Katrina is currently completing her dissertation as a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Pedagogy program at Montclair State University.
Anna Mazzaro is a key teacher professional development specialist at PRISM (Professional Resources In Science and Mathematics) with almost 30 years of experience. She started teaching in Uruguay where she was born. For the last 14 years she has been providing teacher professional development in science education for elementary and middle school teachers in USA, Ecuador, and Honduras. Anna works with Dr. Jackie Willis and her team in the Rainforest Connection Live! Project – connecting scientists in the field with classrooms around the world.