Associate Professor / Chairperson
STEM Education & Teacher Development
Liberal Arts 398B
Survey new types of geometry made possible by dynamic computer graphics as well as topics that help students deepen their understanding of the key ideas of Euclidean and Non-Euclidean geometries. The focus will be on the connections and deep structural themes unifying these areas, and on using geometry to gain a deeper understanding of middle school and high-school geometries.
Special topics in STEM education. Students will focus on a topic not included in the regular offerings of the department The specific topic is stated when the course is scheduled. The course will require students to engage in reading existing research and engaging in in a project related to that research that may include conducting new research, synthesizing existing research, or other authentic learning activities related to becoming a scholar in the field of STEM education.
- Development of generative design to support group-based, socially mediated, STEM focused classroom learning for grades three through university
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 (gbccstem.com) 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.