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Beste Gucler

Associate Professor

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 396C


Dr. Gucler holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a cognate in Teacher Education from Michigan State University. She joined UMass Dartmouth in 2010 and taught a variety of courses including Calculus for Teachers, Frameworks for Research Analysis, Theories of STEM Learning, Research on Proof and Reasoning, and Thinking and Learning in Mathematics/Science. in K-12 and undergraduate mathematics classrooms. Her general research interests include enhancing mathematical communication in classrooms, conceptual and historical development of mathematical concepts; the teaching and learning of calculus; and the use of technology in mathematics classrooms. She has presented her work in various national and international conferences. She has served as an Interim Academic Director and continues to serve as an Executive Board Member at the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation. She is also a member of the Committee on Assessment in the Mathematical Association of America.

Christopher Clinton

Full Time Lecturer

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 399A


Founder of three different school programs: Pilot School, Charter School and Innovation School.  Educator in K-12 for 24 years.  Consultant work with the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Department of Education has resulted in the states development of the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) and the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System.  He is currently serving the department as the Chair designee.

Chandra Orrill


STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 399L


Dr. Orrill holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. She joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2010 after serving as a Research Scientist at the University of Georgia for nearly a decade. Dr. Orrill has taught a wide variety of courses in the MAT program and the Mathematics Education and STEM Education PhD programs including: Math Methods for Middle School Teachers, Math Methods for High School Teachers, Introduction to Mathematics Education Research, Introduction to Science Education Research, Proportional Reasoning for Middle School Teachers, K-12 STEM Reform in a Political Context, Developing Research Skills Part 2, and Research on Teacher Education. She has two main research areas. First, she has been examining how middle school math teachers understand proportions and fractions, how we can use emerging assessment models to better understand teacher knowledge, and how we can create instructional materials to support teachers’ understandings. Second, she is interested in how to integrate computational thinking into elementary math classrooms. All of this work has been done in ongoing, long-term partnerships with schools and teachers. Dr. Orrill has published more than 80 journal articles, chapters, and published proceedings in venues that include Journal of Research for Mathematics Education, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, Educational Researcher, and Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. She has also presented over 100 papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Orrill has also been awarded more than 25 grants with a net value in excess of $8 million.

Maureen Hall


STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 398C


Select publications

Dalton, J.E., Hall. M.P., & Hoyser, C.E. (2019).The whole person: Embodying teaching and learning through lectio and visio divina. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education Division.

Oliver, K., Hall, M.P., Dalton, J., Jones, L., Watson, V., Santavicca, N., & Hoyser, C. (2019).Drawing out the soul: contemporary arts integration. International Journal of Education through Art (IJETA).

Dr. Hall holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia. In 2003, she joined the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She was originally in the Education Department, then the Teaching and Learning Department, and, since 2013, she has been a member of the STEM Education and Teacher Development Department. She has taught a range of courses including Psychological and Social Foundations of Education, Critical Literacies, Critical Issues, and has also supervised practicum experiences for students. Her research focuses on the intersections between and among literacies, mindfulness, Holistic Education, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL); she has published more than 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals and her books include Transforming Literacy: Changing Lives through Reading and Writing (Emerald Publishing, 2011) and The Whole Person: Embodying Teaching and Learning through Lectio and Visio Divina (Rowman & Littlefield) with Jane Dalton and Catherine Hoyser.

Shakhnoza Kayumova

Associate Professor

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 396G


Dr. Kayumova holds a PhD in Educational Theory and Practice from University of Georgia. She joined STEM Education and Teacher Development Department in Fall, 2014, and has taught a wide range of courses including Introduction to Qualitative Methods, Introduction to Quantitative Methods, Research Skills II, Emerging Theories and Methods in STEM Education. Dr. Kayumova is a four-lingual researcher, teacher educator, and learning scientist. Her research closely examines the ways in which STEM education could be a context for empowerment and positive science identity development of linguistically and ethnically/racially diverse learners, and thereby increasing the representation of people of color in STEM fields. Dr. Kayumova published and presented in more than 60 peer reviewed journals and conferences and has been awarded multiple research grants from National Science Foundation. Dr. Kayumova is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early Career award. Shakhnoza’s work appears in journals such as Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Democracy and Education, and Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JARST).

Sheila Macrine

Professor / Chairperson

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 398A


Sheila Landers Macrine, PhD, is a Professor and a Cognitive Psychologist in the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she coordinates the Special Education Program. Her research interests focus on embodied cognition, cognitive development, alternative assessment and the learning sciences. Her work has challenged traditional approaches to learning and assessment, including developing alternative IQ testing, assessing students from culturally diverse backgrounds, students with intellectual disabilities, second language, students with social emotional concerns, and students with low-vision and blindness. She recently published papers on Embodied Cognition in the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, and in the Oxford Research Encyclopedias-Education at Oxford University Press. She is a critical feminist who has published numerous articles and books, as well as, the recipient of many grants. She is also a licensed and certified School Psychologist and a Reading Specialist.

Select publications

Critical Pedagogy in Uncertain Times: Hope and Possibilities (Education, Politics and Public Life) 2nd ed. 2020 Edition ISBN-13: 978-3030398071, ISBN-10: 3030398072

Macrine, Sheila; Fugate, Jennifer Marie Binzak. “Embodied cognition.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Ed. Li-fang Zhang. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264093.013.ORE_EDU-00885.R2

Fugate, J. M., Macrine, S. L., & Cipriano, C. (2018). The role of embodied cognition for transforming learning. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 1-15.

Macrine, S. (2017). Review Essay, Inside Our Schools: Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform. Teachers College Record

Stephen Witzig

Associate Professor

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 398E


Dr. Witzig holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Missouri. He joined the UMass Dartmouth faculty in 2012 and teaches courses in both the Ph.D. program in STEM Education as well in the Masters of Arts in Teaching programs. Stephen’s research focuses on the development of teachers’ specialized knowledge for teaching science, scientific practices, and bridging research relationships among scientists, classroom teachers, and science teacher educators. His work focuses on the sources of teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge, how experience shapes knowledge, socioscientific issues based education, qualitative methods in science education, and areas of student learning including the roles of students and teachers in learning science. He has published his work in the International Journal of Science Education, Research in Science Education, Journal of College Science Teaching, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, among others and has a co-edited book entitled Designing and Teaching the Secondary Science Methods Course: An International Perspective.

Walter Stroup

Associate Professor / Chairperson

STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 398B


Dr. Walter Stroup’s most recent work includes the development of pattern-based items, methods and assessment technologies used statewide by the Texas Education Agency with over 400,000 students in grades 3-8 students (math and language arts/reading) and also serving as Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded, Group-based Cloud Computing for STEM Education Project ( An education researcher, classroom educator, and developer for more than 30 years, he currently serves as Chair of the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Dr. Stroup is an experienced leader of research teams and a repeat recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation. Prior to accepting his current position, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas, Austin. The teacher education program he helped found while at UT is used by more than 45 universities across the US. He has also been a consultant to state and federal ministries of education in Mexico. Dr. Stroup received his doctorate in education from Harvard University.


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