Dr. Scott Molitor earned his B.S.E. in Engineering Science at the University of Michigan and later earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following his Ph.D., he completed two postdoctoral fellowships in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery; the first at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the second at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Molitor joined the University of Toledo Department of Bioengineering in 2000 and is currently an Associate Professor and the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program Director.
Dr. Molitor’s research interests include molecular mechanisms of cellular excitability, computational modeling of neuronal function, auditory neuroscience and treatments for traumatic brain injury. He has supervised the thesis and dissertation work of numerous graduate students working in these research areas. His educational interests include preparing high school and first year college students to study engineering mathematics, and the teaching of science and mathematics to young children.
Joan Kaderavek, Ph.D., has been awarded the title “Distinguished University Professor” of Early Childhood Education at the University of Toledo. Dr. Kaderavek’s research has focused on classroom discourse and linkages between discourse and academic achievement.
Charlene M. Czerniak is a professor at The University of Toledo in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She received her Ph.D. in science education from The Ohio State University. A former elementary teacher in Bowling Green, OH, she teaches classes in grant writing, elementary science education, and science teacher leadership. Professor Czerniak has authored and co-authored over 50 articles. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, School Science and Mathematics, Science Scope, and Science and Children. Professor Czerniak is co-author of a textbook published by Routledge on project based science teaching. She also has five chapters in books and illustrated 12 children’s science education books. Most recently, Czerniak authored a chapter entitled Interdisciplinary Science Teaching in the Handbook of Research on Science Education, published by Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates. Professor Czerniak has been an author and director of numerous grant funded projects in excess of $30 million dollars that targeted professional development of science teachers.She has made frequent presentations at national and regional conferences that focus on her research interests on teachers’ beliefs about teaching science, professional development for elementary and middle grades teachers, science education reform, and school improvement. She is an active member in the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and reviews manuscripts for the journals associated with these organizations. For five years, she served as editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the professional journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. She has served on numerous committees for AETS, NARST, SSMA, and NSTA. Charlene Czerniak was the President of the School Science and Mathematics Association for two years, and she served as the President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) from 2008-2009. She received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education and the 2008 Research Award from the Judith Herb College of Education. In 2010, she received the George Mallinson Distinguished Service Award from the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), which is the highest award given by SSMA. In 2012, she was named Distinguished University Professor at The University of Toledo, which the highest award bestowed on faculty.
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