Assistant Director of STEM Education Initiatives and Assistant Professor
Lindsay Wheeler joined the Center for Teaching Excellences in summer 2016. As Assistant Director of STEM Education Initiatives and Assistant Professor, Lindsay develops and implements educational development programs and courses to support teaching and learning in science, engineering and mathematics departments across the university. Lindsay works with both faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) in STEM disciplines to support effective integration of research-based practices into their teaching. She also seeks to increase collaboration of faculty, staff, and administrators across departments and schools to help improve the diversity and preparedness of students majoring STEM.
Lindsay’s research utilizes a mixed methods approach to examine how instructors in STEM disciplines impact student outcomes. Currently, she is the co-Director of a University-wide observation and survey project to understand STEM classroom practices and barriers to using active learning strategies in instruction. In collaboration with the Curry School of Education and four science departments, Lindsay has received Jefferson Trust and National Science Foundation grants to support her work transforming introductory laboratory courses and preparation of graduate students for teaching in chemistry, astronomy, physics and biology departments.
She has presented and published her educational development and science education work at regional, national, and international conferences and in peer reviewed journals. She is an active member in the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), and the POD Network, where she serves on committees, supports annual conferences, and reviews research manuscripts. Lindsay, Michael Palmer, and Itiya Anicee received the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development from the POD Network in 2015 for the research examining students’ perceptions of syllabi.
Lindsay’s teaching interests include implementing inclusive and reflective teaching practices, developing and utilizing inquiry-based curricula, supporting TAs in instruction, and implementing active learning strategies in large-enrollment courses. She has taught large introductory chemistry laboratory courses, small foundational chemistry courses, and teaching seminar courses to graduate and undergraduate students in the sciences.
A native Virginian, Lindsay graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.S. in forensic science. Lindsay received her M.A. in chemistry and M.A. in teaching from the University of Virginia. She taught high school chemistry before returning to the University of Virginia to obtain her Ph.D. in science education. In 2014, Lindsay won the All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant award for Math, Sciences, and Engineering.
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