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Fowler, Samantha

Assistant Professor of STEM Education, Mathematical Sciences

Personal Overview

I grew up in the Melbourne area and am thrilled to be back.

 

Educational Background

Ph.D. Science Education, University of South Florida (2009)

M.A. Science Education, University of South Florida (2000)

B.S. Biology, University of Central Florida (1997)

Current Courses

EDS 5095 (fall)

EDS 5051 (fall)

EDS 4096 (fall and spring)

EDS 1032 (spring)

EDS 5200 (spring)

Professional Experience

2013 - current: Assistant Professor of STEM Education, Department of Mathematical Sciences

2009 - 2013: Assistant Professor of Biology and Biology Education, Clayton State University

2005 - 2009: Senior Researcher,  Coalition for Science Literacy, University of South Florida

2000 - 2005: Science teacher, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Additional Duties

Director of the Teaching Assistant Seminar

Current Research

Socioscientific Reasoning: I am interested in how the general public uses scientific information in their day to day lives and how policy makers use scientific evidence in their policy-making decisions. My students and I are currently researching how social media effects socioscientific reasoning, particularly about controversial issues 

Biology Education: I work with faculty from the Biology department to examine the effectiveness of new pedagogy styles in lecture and laboratory classes.

Evolution education: I am interested in the effects of evolution instruction on students' views of science and its use during informed decision-making and functional scientific literacy.

Socioscientific Issues: I also enjoy working with secondary science teachers on how to incorporate socioscientific issues as part of their teaching and how to handle controversial topics in the classroom. 

 

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

Ramirez, L. and Fowler, S.R. (in press). Socioscientific Issues to Promote Content Knowledge and Socioscientific Reasoning in Puerto Rican High School Students. The American Biology Teacher.

Ackerman, S.M., Fricke, G.M., Hecker, J.P., Hamed, K.M., Fowler, S.R., Griego, A.D., Jones, J.C., Leucht, K.W., and Moses, M.E. (2018). The Swarmathon: An autonomous swarm robotics competition. Available at https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.08320

Fowler, S.R. and Zeidler, D.L (2016). Lack of evolution acceptance mitigates how science is used during socioscientific negotiation. Journal of Biological Education, 50(4), 407-424.

Almasoud, S. and Fowler, S.R. (2016). The difference in the academic achievements of Homeschooled and Non-Homeschooled Students. Home School Researcher, 32(1).

Fowler, S.R. (2012). Putting Students on the Hot Seat to stimulate interest in biology for non-science majors. The American Biology Teacher, 410 - 412.

Henry, W., Fowler, S.R., & West, N.M. (2011). Campus Climate: An assessment of students’ perceptions in a college of education, Urban Education, 689 - 718.

Fowler, S.R. & Meisels, G.G. (2010). Florida teacher’s attitudes about teaching evolution. The American Biology Teacher, 90 - 93. 

Fowler, S.R., Zeidler, D.L., and Sadler, T.D. (2009). Moral sensitivity in the context of socioscientific issues in high school science students. International Journal of Science Education, 279-296.

Sadler, T.D. & Fowler, S.R. (2006). A Threshold Model of content knowledge transfer for socioscientific argumentation, Science Education, 986 – 1004.

 

Other

Wilson, M. & Fowler, S.R. (2017). The Dilute allele and the Labrador. The Labrador Quaterly, fall, 37-38

Fowler, S.R., (2013). You say snakes aren’t slimy? I don’t believe you. Outstanding Faculty Position Paper Award, Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education.

Concepts of Biology. (2013). Senior contributor for this open source biology textbook for non-majors. ISBN 1938168119. Available at: http://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/concepts-of-biology

 

Conference Presentations

Ramirez, L. & Fowler, S.R. (March, 2018). Citizen Science brought to the Underrepresented Population of Puerto Rico through Socioscientific Issues. To be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Atlanta, GA.

Fowler, S.R. & Grace, M. (April, 2015). Exotic Snakes and Hysteria in Florida: The Influence of Internet Social Media on Public Perception of Socioscientific Issues. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Chicago, IL.

Callahan, B. & Fowler, S.R. (March, 2014). The epistemic beliefs and socio-cultural views of science in education majors and science majors. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburg, PA.

Callahan, B. & Fowler, S.R. (April, 2013). The Relationship between College Students' Epistemic Beliefs and Their Socio-cultural Views of Science. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

English, T., Brown, A., Fowler, S.R., & Furlong, M. (October, 2012). I.M.P.A.C.T: College Mentors in the Middle School. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education, Macon, GA.

Fowler, S.R. & Zeidler D.L. (March, 2012). The influence of students' acceptance of evolution on SSI negotiation. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Fowler, S.R. (January, 2012). Putting Students in the Hot Seat to Promote Science in a Biology Course for Non-Majors. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater, FL.

Fowler, S.R. (October, 2011). Using the SSI-Q as a Determination of Scientific Literacy in College Biology Majors. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association for Science Teacher Association, Athens, GA.

Fowler, S.R. & Zeidler, D.L. (April 2011). Measuring the Use of Science Content During Socioscientific Issues Negotiation: The SSI-Q. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Fowler, S.R. & Zeidler, D.L. (March, 2010). College students’ use of science content during socioscientific issues negotiation: Evolution as a prevailing concept. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, Pa.

Fowler, S.R. (February, 2010). Putting students in the hot seat: Sparking interest in a biology class for non-majors. Presented at the Regional STEM Institute, Carrollton, Ga.

Fowler, S.R. & Zeidler, D.L. (2009, October). Student's use of evolution content during socioscientific issues negotiation. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association for Science Teacher Education, Kennesaw, Ga.

Fowler, S.R. & Meisels, G.G. (2009, April). Florida teachers’ discomfort with teaching evolution: More than just religion. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, Ca.

Fowler, S.R. & Meisels, G.G. (2009, March). The Current State of Evolution in Florida’s Science Standards and its Impact on Science Teaching. Presented at Darwin’s Reach: A celebration of Darwin’s Legacy Across Academic Disciplines, hosted by Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Fowler, S.R., Sadler, T.D., Applebaum, S., Callahan, B. & Zeidler, D.L. (2008, January). Teaching with Socioscientific Issues: Controversial Issues as Context for Learning Content. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, St. Louis, Mo.

Fowler, S.R. & Amiri, L. (2007, April). Consistency of moral sensitivity across varying socioscientific issues. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, La.

Fowler, S.R., Amiri, L., Meisels, G., & Potter, R. (2007, January). Transition to teaching: Support and success for the alternate entrant teacher. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater, Fl.

Amiri, L. & Fowler, S.R. (2006, October). Which came first: The answer or the reason? Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association for Science Teacher Education, Macon, Ga.

Fowler, S.R. & Zeidler, D.L. (2006, April). Moral sensitivity in the context of socioscientific issues. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, San Francisco, Ca.

Fowler, S.R. & Amiri, L. (2006, April). Evoking Gould’s principal of NOMA when teaching evolution. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, Ca.

Sadler, T.D. & Fowler, S.R. (2006, April). Assessing socioscientific argumentation: variation among high school and college learners. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, Ca.

Amiri, L. & Fowler, S.R. (2006, April). Informed decisions: Using genetics to address biotechnology issues. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Anaheim, Ca.

Fowler, S.R. & Tabone, C. (2005, October). Moral Sensitivity of High School Students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association for Science Teacher Education, Athens, Georgia.

Fowler, S.R. & Amirl, L. (2004, October). Socioscientific Issues and Moral Sensitivity, presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast Association for Educators of Teachers of Science conference, Gainesville, Fl.