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.  To view selected faculty research publications, click here.

Dr. Mary Bonhomme

University Professor

Ph.D., Purdue University

, Online learning, Distance education, Trends in higher education. 

Dr. Ivan Farrell
Master Teacher

Ph.D., 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.


Dr. Ken Lindeman

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

Courses:  Introd. to Sustainability; Applied Sustainability;  Coastal Systems Planning;  Systems, Governance, and Sustainability 

Research:  Sustainable coastal policy & climate adaptation; Coastal habitats & fish biology;  Systems education.


Dr. Thomas J. Marcinkowski

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 

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

Research:  Environmental education;  Curriculum & instruction;  Research & evaluation design.

Dr. Joo Young Park
Assistant Professor


Ph.D.: Columbia University, Teachers College, Mathematics Education 

Courses:  Statistics for Educational Research, EDS 6070;  Case Studies in Mathematics Education, EDS 5350.

Research : Teaching and learning of mathematical modeling, Collaborative mathematical practice and identity, Interdisciplinary approaches in learning of mathematics and science, Secondary preservice teacher's knowledge, Makiguchi's value creation pedagogy.