Education and Interdisciplinary Studies


Our small teacher-to-student ratio helps support the close-knit atmosphere that amplifies faculty and student productivity.  Meet our Department faculty below.

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 Lazslo Baksay

Dr. Laszlo Baksay

Dr.rer.nat., Ph.D. Technical University Aachen Staatsexamen, Germany

Fellow of the American Physical Society . Fellowship in the society is limited to <0.5% of the members and denotes peer recognition of outstanding contributions to physics.

Ivan Farrell
Master Teacher

Ph.D. candidate, Science Education, Florida Institute of Technology; 

Courses:  Approaches to Teaching;  Inquiry-Based Lesson Design;  Classroom Interactions;  Problem-Based Instruction;  Apprentice Teaching

Research:  Chemistry and science education,  Secondary education chemistry


Dr. Samantha Fowler
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of South Florida

Courses:  Statistics for Education Research

Research:  Effects of socioscientific issues; pedagogy;  acceptance of evolution and scientific literacy.

Dr. Kastro Hamed
Department Head

Ph.D.  Kansas State University

Courses:  Research Practicum;  Student Teaching; Learning Mathematics and Science; Research Seminar.

Research:  Innovations in physics and math education; Content-centric education of teachers.

Joe Laub
Master Teacher

M.Ed., Florida Institute of Technology, Science Education

Courses: Clinical/Field Exp.; Foundations & Mgt of Inst.; Meth/Mgmt M/HS Teaching; Special Topics in Education; Student Teaching

Research:  Marine biology education;  Science education

Kenyon Lindeman

Dr. Ken Lindeman


Ph.D., University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Research Areas:  Sustainable coastal management;  Climate adaptation;  Reef fisheries; Institutional sustainability

Courses:  Introduction to Sustainability; Applied Sustainability;  Coastal Systems Planning;  Sustainable Tourism 


Dr. Thomas J. Marcinkowski
Associate Professor

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 

Research Areas: Environmental education; curriculum and instruction; research and evaluation design.

Courses: Measurement and Evaluation; Assessment and Evaluation; Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science Content; Methods for Environmental Problems and Issue Investigation