Dr. Augusto Z. Macalalag, Jr.
Director of STEM Program
Dr. Augusto Macalalag, Jr., Assistant Professor of STEMEducation, joined the School of Education in August 2013. Dr. Macalalag, who is the former Assistant Director in STEM Education Research at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE), has an interest in different aspects of reform-based science teaching in pre-service and in-service teacher education. His dissertation examined the changes in pre-service science teachers’ knowledge of inquiry and practices of lesson design in four methods courses in biological sciences.Before working at CIESE, Dr. Macalalag taught high school chemistry and physics for six years and middle school-level science and mathematics for one year.
Dr. Macalalag’s research focuses on programs that promote science and engineering practices in elementary and middle school classrooms, including developing and teaching courses and workshops for in-service elementary and middle school teachers in urban school districts. In addition, through regular classroom interaction, Dr. Macalalag helps practicing teachers plan and implement lessons, assess and analyze student thinking, integrate technology, and reflect in their instruction. Throughout the years, Dr. Macalalag has been involved intwo Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) programs that received awards including the American Society for Engineering Education’s Best Practices in K-12 Engineering and Pre-college Outreach Program in 2010, Best Zone Paper in 2011, and Best Practices in K-12 Engineering and University Partnerships in 2012.
He holds teaching certificates in elementary, middle and high school and school administrator certificates in principal and supervisor. Dr. Macalalag received his Ed.D. in Science from Rutgers University, and an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Peter’s University. He also holds a Post-Master’s in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey.
Recent and Selected Publications
- Macalalag, A (2012). Changes in Pre-service Teachers Knowledge of Inquiry and Practice of Lesson Design. (Doctoral Dissertation).
- Macalalag, A.Z., Tirthali, D., McGrath, E., McKay, M., & Lowes, S. (2011). Teacher Professional Development Programs in Grades 3-8: Promoting Teachers' and Students' Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering. Paper Presented at the National Science Foundation's Mathematics and Science Partnerships Learning Network Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2011.
- Macalalag, A.Z. &Tirthali, D. (2010). Teacher Professional Development in Elementary Schools: Improving Student Achievement Through Science and Engineering. Paper Presented at the P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Seaside, OR, August 2010.
- Macalalag, A.Z. & Duncan, R. (2010). Changes in Teachers’ Ability to Design Inquiry Based Lessons During a Two-Year Preparation Program. International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL, June 2010.
- Macalalag, A.Z., Lowes, S., Guo, K., Tirthali, D., McKay., M., & McGrath, E. (2010). Advancing Science and Engineering in Elementary Schools: Fostering Teachers’ Knowledge and Scientific Inquiry. National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2010.
- Macalalag, A.Z., Lowes, S., Tirthali, D., McKay., M., & McGrath, E. (2010). Teacher Professional Development in Grades 3-5: Fostering Teachers’ and Students’ Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, June 2010.