Terry Tomasek

Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Elon Academy
Mooney 302
2108 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
ttomasek@elon.edu (336) 278-5854

Brief Biography

Dr. Terry Tomasek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education.  She serves as the Secondary Science Coordinator working with students who are studying to be Middle Grades or Secondary School Science Teachers.  Dr. Tomasek as teaches the Study Abroad Course, India: Education and Development.  In the 2015 Winter Term, Dr. Tomasek will teach a new Study Abroad Course in Malawi, Africa.  Dr. Tomasek is currenly serving as the Co-Director of the Elon Academy.  She has taught in the summer Academy Program for the past four years.  In addition, Dr. Tomasek is currently serving as the Chair of the Study Abroad Standing Faculty Committee. 

 

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Education

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, PhD, Curriculum & Teaching-Science Education emphasis, December 2006

Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, M.A., Teaching, May 2000 AND M.S., Biology, May 2001; Major emphasis – Aquatic Ecology

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, B.A., Zoology, August 1980

Employment History

Elon University Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Elon University, Fall 2006 to present [Tenure granted March 2012] 

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August 2003 – May 2006)

  • Elementary Education Assistant Team Leader (2003)

  • Elementary Education Team Leader & Seminar Instructor (2004 to 2006)

  • Secondary Student Teacher Supervision – 1 semester

  • Elementary Science Methods Instructor – 3 semesters

  • Educational Psychology Instructor – 1 semester

Science Teacher, John R. Kernodle, Jr. Middle School (August 2001 – June 2003), 

  • 7th grade Classroom Teacher & Science Olympiad Coach

GEAR UP Academic Preparation Coordinator, Ohio University Southern(June 2000 – August 2001)

  • Designed and implemented academic enrichment activities for students 7 – 12 

  • Created and administrated after-school tutoring program

  • Designed and directed Lawrence County Nature Mapping Program

  • Planned and implemented curriculum reform in science, math and technology

  • Provided professional development to teachers 7 - 12

Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

  • Teaching Assistant in Biology – Fall 1999

  • Graduate Research Assistant in Education – Winter 1998 through Summer 1999

Math or Science Teacher (1981 – 1987)

  • 7th – 12th grades

Courses Taught

  • Secondary Science Methods Instructor (4 semester hour course: Fall 2013)
  • Capstone I Seminar Instructor (Fall 2013)
  • Elementary Math & Science Methods Instructor (8 semester hour course: Fall 2006-Fall 2012)
  • Educational Assessment (Fall 2011 to Fall 2012)
  • India: Science Education and Development (January Study Abroad program: 2012, 2011, 2014)
  • Classroom Management Instructor (2006-2008)
  • Student Teaching Seminar Instructor and University Supervisor (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • The Global Experience Instructor (Spring, 2008)
  • Master of Education Instructor (Summer, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • The Elon Academy Instructor (Summer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Leadership Positions

Co-Director, Elon Academy (2013-2014)

Chair, Study Aboard Faculty Curriculum Committee (2013-2014)

Research

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST

Pre-K – 12 Science Teaching and Learning

Science Identity Micro-transformations

Identity-related Motivations and Affordances in Informal Science

Use of mobile-devices to support high school student science learning

Teacher Development 

Grants Awarded

National Science Foundation, Herpetological Education in Rural Spaces and Places (HERPS), August 2011 (2.7 million dollars in collaboration with UNCG and UNCP-  Elon’s total Subaward is $260,000 over 4 years)

Elon CATL Teaching and Learning Grant, Global 2.0: Creating 21st Century Citizens, April 2011 ($3524 in collaboration with Joan Barnatt).

Elon CATL Teaching and Learning Grant, HOBOs: Teacher Candidate Technology Integration with Math and Science Instruction, October 2006 ($1,300)

University-School Teacher Education Partnerships Grant, Improving Elementary Science Teaching Through Japanese Lesson Study, September 2004 ($5,000).

University-School Teacher Education Partnerships Grant, Improving Elementary Science Teaching Through Japanese Lesson Study, September 2003 ($5,000 in collaboration with Heidi Carlone).

University-School Teacher Education Partnerships Grant, Frogs & Turtles & Snakes, Oh My!, September 2003 ($5,000 in collaboration with Catherine Matthews).

Marshall University Jarrett-Masztal Graduate Research Grant – Summer 2000 ($500)

Penn Coal Company Research Grant – Summer 1999 ($10,000)

Publications

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS

Trautmann, N.M., Fee, J., Tomasek, T.M., & Bergey, N.R. (2013). Be a Scientist! Bring Biology to Life Through Citizen Science. NSTA Press. 

Matthews, C.E. & Tomasek, T. (2012).  Professional Development and Authentic Science Education: Monitoring Local Populations of Reptiles and Amphibians, Chapter 3 of NSTA’s publication, Exemplary Science Professional Development.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Huffling, L., Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C.E. (under review). ‘Geeking out’ with mobile devices in field science. The Science Teacher. 

Matthews, C.E. & Tomasek, T. (2012).  Herpetology for high school students. Green Teacher, 96, 36-40.

Kapfer, J.M., Munoz, D.J., & Tomasek, T. (2012).  Use of Wildlife Detector Dogs to Study Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Populations.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 7(2), 169-175.

Matthew, C.E., & Tomasek, T. (2011). A home for Herps is also a place for people. Children, Youth and Environments, 21(1), 228-242, http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye

Scott, C., Tomasek, T., & Matthew, C.E. (2010). Thinking like a Ssssscientist!  Science and Children, 48(1), 38-42.

Tomasek, T. (2009).  Students as consumers of written knowledge: Using reading prompts to promote active engagement with text.  The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 21(1), 127-132.

Tomasek, T. (2009). Field backpacks: Keeping track of the tools of the trade.  Green Teacher (85), 28-29.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C. (2008). Using reptile and amphibian activities in the classroom. Science Activities, 44 (4), 123-128.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C. (2008). Toads give you warts - Not! Science Activities 44(4), 129-132.

Tomasek, T., Matthews, C., & Hall, J. (2005).  What’s slithering around on your school grounds: Transforming student awareness of reptile and amphibian diversity.  American Biology Teacher, 67 (7), 419-426. 

Bickel, B., Hardman-Eagle, T., & Tomasek, T. (2000). Top-Down, routinized reform in low-income rural schools: NSF’s Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 8 (12), http://epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v8n12.html

Presentations

Tomasek, T., Huffling, L., & Matthews, C.E. (2013, November).  Slither, Slide, Run and Hide: Animals in the Classroom.  Presented at the National Association for Biology Teachers conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Tomasek, T., Huffling, L., Matthews, C.E., Allen, M. & Carlone, H.  (2013, November).  Got Herps? There’s an App for That!  Presented at the National Science Teachers Association meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Tomasek, T., Huffling, L., & Matthews, C.E. (2013, October).  Being “smart”/being “me”: Positional identities in outdoor learning vs. school science.  Presented at the North American Association of Environmental Educators conference, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Tomasek, T., Huffling, L., & Matthews, C.E. (2013, October).  How can we as Environmental Educators harness the power of technology to restructure the teaching and learning process?  Poster presented at the North American Association of Environmental Educators conference, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Carlone, H.B., Huffling, L., Hegedus, T., and Tomasek, T. (2013, April).  Frogs can’t give you warts, but they can make you brave: Identity boundary-work in field science.  Presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching meeting, Puerto Rico. 

Ash, A., Huffling, L., Somers, A.B., & Tomasek, T. (2013, April). A demographic analysis of attendees at The HERP Project HREs. Presented at the Annual Association of Southeastern Biologist meeting, Charleston, West Virginia.  [presenters listed alphabetically]

Allen, M., Huffling, L., Matthews, C.E., & Tomasek, T. (2012, November).  The HERP Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places.  Presented at the Annual meeting of the NC Science Teachers Association, Winston-Salem, NC.  [presenters listed alphabetically]

Huffling, L., Hegedus, T., Carlone, H.B., Tomasek, T., Matthews, C.E. & Benavides, A. (2012, October). “I’m not a snake person”: Students’ identify boundary work.  Presented at the North American Association of Environmental Educations Research Symposium, Oakland, California.

Ash, A., Matthews, C.E., Somers, A.B., & Tomasek, T. (2012, April). The HERP Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places. Presented at the Annual Association of Southeastern Biologist meeting, Athens, Georgia.  [presenters listed alphabetically]

Tomasek, T., Barnatt, J., Enfield, M., Knight-McKenna, M., Mihans, R., & Stuart, C. (2011, September).  Undergraduate Research in Teacher Education: A Roundtable Discussion.  Presented at the Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum (NC Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators), Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Matthews, C.E., Tomasek, T., Barrett, K., & Bower, E. (2010, October). How education in and about our local environment through Slip Slidin’ Away (SSA) has prepared us to face global environmental challenges.  A Keynote Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, Blowing Rock, North Carolina. 

Brandt, C., Shirk, J., Jordan, R., Ballard, H., & Tomasek, T. (2010, March). Beyond Citizen Science: Science Learning and Public Participation in Environmental Education.  Presented in a research symposium at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Trautmann, N., Fee, J., Bergey, N., & Tomasek, T. (2010, March). Students Are Scientists: Inquiry-based Learning Through Citizen Science. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tomasek, T. (2009, November). Citizen Science: The who, what, why and how? Presented at the Virginia Master Naturalist Meeting, Martinsville, Virginia.

Tomasek, T., Beeson, C., Hurrell, H., & Smith, C. (2009, November). Using Wikis for Online Collaboration. Presented at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., Hurrell, H., & Smith, C. (2009, November). Science/Math Small Group Learning. Presented at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C.E. (2009, April). Field Science: A More Inclusive Science for High School Students? Presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Garden Grove, California.

Matthews, C.E., & Tomasek, T. (2009, April). High School Students’ Field Ecology Experiences. Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Tomasek, T. (2009, March). Citizen Science: The who, what, why and how? Presented at the Southeast Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation regional meeting, Montreat, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., Matthews, C.E., & Allen, M. (2009, January). High School Students’ Experiences in Field Ecology. Presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tomasek, T., Matthews, C.E., Somers, A., & Webb, A. (2008, November). Herpetological Conservation Education for High School Students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Environmental Educators, Oak Island, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T. (2008, November). Informal Science Education Panel Discussion. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Environmental Educators, Oak Island, North Carolina.

Matthews, C.E., Tomasek, T., Allen, M., Haun-Frank, J., & Webb, A. (2008, October). Herpetological Conservation Education Summer Field Experiences. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cook, H., Matthews, C., Tomasek, T., Allen, M., Haun-Frank, J., Hildebrand, D., & Webb, A. (2008, October). Birds of a Feather: Science Methods and Pre-Service Teacher Education Panel Discussion. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., Burge, K., Matthews, C., & Thompson, S. (2008, October). Transforming Student Awareness of Reptile and Amphibian Diversity. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., & Hall, J., & Barfield, G. (2008, October). Amphibians and Reptiles of the Southeast. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C.E. (2008, September). Field Ecology as Enacted by High School Students. Presented at the Annual North Carolina Teacher Education Forum (NC Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators), Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T. (2008, July). Science and Nature Exploration. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Baptist Church Weekday Education Association, Durham, North Carolina.

Howard, J., Bryd, S., Mihans, R., & Tomasek, T. (2007, August). Tools for transformative learning. Presented at the Elon University Teaching and Learning Conference, Elon, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., Howard, J., Bryd, S., & Mihans, R. (2007, September). Tools for transformative learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Teacher Education Forum (NC Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators), Raleigh, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T. (2007, July). Getting Dirty = Learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Baptist Church Weekday Education Association, Pleasant Garden, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C. (2007, March). Surveying and monitoring reptiles and amphibians with elementary, middle and secondary school students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Browns Summit, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T. (2006, November). Using Birds as a Means of Introducing Scientific Inquiry. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association, Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Tomasek, T. (2006, March). Student Engagement in Citizen Science. Poster presentation at the UNCG School of Education Research Symposium, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T., & Carlone, H. (2005, April). Improving Elementary Science Teaching Through Japanese Lesson Study. Paper presented by Tomasek at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Dallas, Texas.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C. (2005, April). Transforming Student Awareness of Reptile and Amphibian Diversity. Paper presented by Tomasek at the Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Dallas, Texas.

Tomasek, T., & Matthews, C., (2004, December). Transforming Student Awareness of Reptile and Amphibian Diversity. Paper presented at the Regional Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association Regional Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, December 2004.

Matthews, C., Tomasek, T., & Hall, J. (2004, November). Slithering Across Your School Grounds with Amphibians and Reptiles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Matthews, C., & Tomasek, T. (2004, April). Students, Teachers and Herps, Oh My!. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

Matthews, C., Tomasek, T., & PDS Team Members (2003, November). Mucking Around in Miniponds. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Tomasek, T. (2000, October). Site specific impact study of the effects of a valley fill to the benthic macroinvertebrate community. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education.

Tomasek, T. (2001 and 2000). Site specific impact study of valley fill construction to benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages downstream. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences. (First Place Award for presentation)

Tomasek, T. (2001 and 2000). Site specific impact study of valley fill construction to benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages downstream. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologist.

Tomasek, T. (1999, April). Preliminary results on the long-term impacts of multiple seam contour mining and valley fill construction on water quality and benthic macroinvertebrates in a West Virginia stream. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Sciences.

Service Activities

2013-2014 Academic Year

Elon Academy Co-Director

Teacher Education Committee

Secondary Education Committee

Secondary Science Program Coordinator

Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum Design Team

Study Abroad Standing Committee, Chair

Elon Academy Saturday Program Inquiry Project Leader 

Personal Information

Terry Tomasek

Photograph courtesy of Barbara Tyroler

Awards

Elon School of Education Excellence in Teaching Award, May 2011

Sigma Kappa Sorority Outstanding Professor Award, Fall 2009

Apple Polishing Event, Sisters of Delta Delta Delta, Fall 2006

Nominated by UNCG Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the UNCG Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2006

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 2005.

Guilford County Excellence in Middle School Science Teaching Award, 2003