I am pleased to announce that Dr. Troy Sadler has been appointed the next Associate Dean of Research for the UNCG School of Education. Troy will transition into the role over the fall semester, and assume full-time responsibilities as Associate Dean on January 1, 2018.

Dr. Troy Sadler

Dr. Sadler is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of science education and a leading expert on how students negotiate complex socio-scientific issues and how these issues may be used as contexts for science learning. He is interested in how issues-based learning experiences can support student learning of science and development of practices essential for full participation in modern democratic societies. He has also explored ways in which innovative technologies, including virtual environments and gaming, support student learning. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, presented scholarship in venues around the world, including the National Academies of Science, and his work has been honored with awards for outstanding scholarship. Dr. Sadler’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as local foundations and state agencies. He has served in elected and appointed leadership roles in the world’s leading science education associations including NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and serves on editorial boards for Science Education and Research in Science Education.

Dr. Sadler joins the School of Education following service as Professor of Science Education at the University of Missouri, where he is the founding director of the ReSTEM Institute: Reimagining & Researching STEM Education, an interdisciplinary STEM education research, outreach, and evaluation center. Prior to his role at the University of Missouri, Dr. Sadler was on faculty at the University of Florida and Indiana University-Bloomington.

Dr. Sadler received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, his M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education from the University of South Florida.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sadler in his new role. I am confident that he will be highly effective in working with the SOE faculty and staff and the broader UNCG community to build upon the strong foundation of the SOE.

Randy Penfield
Dean, UNCG School of Education