The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) College of Engineering and Computer Science

University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)

Angela M. Chapman, Ph.D.

Education Coordinator

Angela M. Chapman, Ph.D., Education Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction with Science Education emphasis, University of South Florida, 2013. Dissertation title: The Effects of an Authentic Science Experience Among Urban High School Students. Committee Members: Allan Feldman (Advisor), Rosemary Closson, Sarina Ergas, Benjamin Herman.
  • M.S., Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, 1994. Thesis title: Activity Dependent Regulation of the Neurotransmitter Neuropeptide Y in the Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens.
  • B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 1990.

Employment History

  • 2013 — Present, Assistant Professor, University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg, TX
  • 2003 — 2013, Instructor, Biology, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL
  • 2011 — 2012, Teaching Associate & Research Assistant, Secondary Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • 2009 — 2010, Science Teacher, Lake Region High School, Eagle Lake, FL
  • 2007 — 2009, Science Consultant, Pearson Education, Lakeland, FL
  • 2004 — 2007, Science Department Chair, Sleepy Hill Middle School, Lakeland, FL
  • 1999 — 2002, Instructor, Biology, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
  • 1994 — 2000, Research Assistant, Physiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 1994 — 1998, Instructor, Biology, Baker College, Flint, MI
  • 1993 — 1993, Adjunct Instructor, Biology, Midway College, Midway, KY
  • 1991 — 1993, Teaching Assistant, Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Publications

  • Chapman, A. & Feldman, A. (submitted). Effects of an Authentic Science School-Based Service-Learning Experience on High School Students’ Learning of Science Practices. Research in Science Education.
  • Chapman, A. & Feldman, A. (submitted) Influence of an Authentic Science Experience on Marginalized High School Students’ Science Identity. Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
  • Feldman, A., Chapman, A., Vernaza-Hernández, V., Ozalp, D., & Alshehri, F. (2012). Inquiry-Based Science Education as Multiple Outcome Interdisciplinary Research and Learning (MOIRL). Science Education International, 23(4), 328-337.
  • Chapman, A.M. and Silkwood-Sherer, D., Fundamentals of Neuroanatomy: An Introduction to the Nervous System. 3rd ed. 2001 C&S Works.
  • Chapman, A.M., and Debski, E.A., Neuropeptide Y Immunoreactivity of a Projection From the Lateral Thalamic Nucleus to the Optic Tectum of the Leopard Frog. Vis Neurosci. 1995 Jan-Feb; 12(1): 1-9.
  • Liu, Q., Chapman, A.M. and Debski, E.A., Non-uniform Distribution of Cellular Phenotypes in the Optic Tectum of the Leopard Frog. J Comp Neuro. 1995 Oct2; 360(4): 671-84.

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Chapman, A., Feldman, A. Alshehri, F., Ozalp, D., Vernaza-Hernandez, V. (2014) Effects of an authentic science experience on high school students' perceptions and learning of science practices. Annual meeting of ASTE, San Antonio, TX January 15-18, 2014.
  • Chapman, A., Feldman, A. Alshehri, F., Ozalp, D., Vernaza-Hernandez, V. (2014) Effects of an Authentic Science Experience on the Science Identities of Marginalized High School Students. Annual meeting of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA March 30 – April 3, 2014.
  • Ozalp, D., Feldman, A., Chapman, A., Alshehri, F., Vernaza-Hernandez, V. (2014) Science teachers’ understandings of science practices in a summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. Annual meeting of ASTE, San Antonio, TX January 15-18, 2014.
  • Liebelt, M., Feldman, A., Ozalp, D., Alshehri, F., Vernaza-Hernandez, V., Chapman, A. (2014) The ability of students’ in an undergraduate research experience to engage in the next generations science standards’ science practices: Implications for science teacher education. Annual meeting of ASTE, San Antonio, TX January 15-18, 2014.
  • Chapman, A., Halfhide, T., Ergas, S., Feldman, A., Alshehri, F., Ozalp, D., Vernaza-Hernandez, V. (2013) An Investigation of an Algal Biofuel Project as an Authentic Science Experience for Urban High School Students. Annual meeting of ASTE, Charleston, SC January 9-11, 2013.
  • Feldman, A., Chapman, A., Ozalp, D. Vernaza-Hernandez, V., Ashehri, F. (2012) The Effects of Middle School Students' Participation in a Stormwater Retention Pond Research Activity on Their Understandings of Science and Environment, Attitudes Toward Science, and Use of Technology. Annual meeting of ASTE, Clearwater, FL January 5-7, 2012.
  • Herman, B.C., Feldman, A., Reynolds, C.J., Plank, L., Vernaza, V., Chapman, A. (2012) Facilitating Coastal Climate Change Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation in the Natural and Built Environments: Progress of the Coastal Areas Climate Change Education (CACCE) Partnership. Annual meeting of ASTE, Clearwater, FL January 5-7, 2012.
  • Chapman, A., Halfhide, T., Ergas, S. and Feldman, A. (2012) High School Student Involvement in Authentic Science: Sustainability Related to Biofuel. Research that Matters Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL March 2, 2012.

Consulting & Other Employment

  • 2005 — 2013, Learning Resource Center, Inc. Tutored students, developed science curriculum, and coordinated science summer camps for K-12 students.
  • 2010 — 2010, Achieve 3000, Science Editor. Developed curriculum for secondary science classrooms.
  • 2007 — 2009, Pearson Education, Science Consultant. Developed curriculum and provided inservice training to elementary and secondary science teachers.

Service

  • 2014 — 2017, Equity Committee, Association for Science Teacher Education
  • 2014, Ethics Committee, Women’s Faculty Network, UTPA
  • 2014, Keynote Speaker, Kappa Delta Pi, Lambda Psi Chapter Induction Ceremony
  • 2014 — 2016, Co-coordinator, National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference
  • 2014 — 2017, Outstanding Paper Award Committee, National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • 2014, Exxon Texas Science and Engineering Fair Judge
  • 2014, RGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair Judge
  • 2014, Weslaco ISD Science and Engineering Fair Judge
  • 2013, Page One Freshman Initiative Committee, University of Texas – Pan American, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • 2013, Presider and proposal reviewer, NARST annual meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2012, Presider and proposal reviewer, ASTE annual meeting, Clearwater, FL
  • 2009, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL Culturally Situated Design Tools Workshop
  • 2008, Polk State College, Lakeland, FL Authentic Assessment Workshop
  • 2008, NSTA Presenter, Cincinnati, OH TIMSS in Action: Applying Research to Improve Science Instruction
  • 2008, NMSA Presenter, Denver, CO TIMSS in Action: Applying Research to Improve Science Instruction
  • 2008, NSTA Presenter, Boston, MA Bird Beak Adaptations
  • 2005 — 2010, Polk Regional Science Fair Director
  • 2006, Presenter, Polk County School Board Administrator Summer Institute “Inquiry in the Science Classroom”
  • 2005, Facilitator, Polk County School Board Professional Development workshop for secondary teachers: “Hands-on Instruction of Electricity and Magnetism”
  • 2005 — 2007, Chair, Subcommittee for Earth and Space Science, Polk County School Board
  • 2005 — 2007, Textbook Adoption and Curriculum Development
  • 2004 — 2007, Chair, Metric Olympics Committee, Sleepy Hill Middle School
  • 2005 — 2006, Coach, Science Olympiad Sleepy Hill Middle School
  • 2005 — 2007, Curriculum Committee, Sleepy Hill Middle School
  • 2004, Curriculum Development Polk Community College

Awards & Grants

  • 2013, UTCRS Outreach and Educational Activities to Increase Awareness of Transportation Engineering and Railway Safety
  • 2010, Toyota Tapestry Grant
  • 2009, Central Florida PRISM Lake Region High School
  • 2009, SMME Florida Science & Math Teacher of the Year
  • 2006, Disney Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2006, Best Buy Teach Award
  • 2006, Hewlett-Packard Technology grant award
  • 2006, Polk Education Foundation School to School Developer Grant Recipient
  • 2006, Sleepy Hill Middle Teacher of the Year
  • 2005, Florida Association of Science Teacher’s mini-grant recipient
  • 2005, Polk Education Foundation Teacher to Teacher Connection Recipient
  • 1995, Michigan State University College of Natural Sciences Research Fellowship
  • 1992 — 1993, University of Kentucky Dept. of Biological Sciences Summer Fellowship

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Science Teacher Education
  • National Association for Research on Science Teaching
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science