Derek Dockter Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education
Derek will be a 5th year graduate student during the 2018-2019
academic year (Primary Advisor and Dissertation Chair: Dr. Cindy
Passmore, Secondary Advisor: Dr. Rick Pomeroy). Derek has
14 years of experience as a High School Chemistry, Honors
Chemistry, and Forensic Science teacher and has mentored UC Davis
undergraduate and science credential students in science
education for over 10 years. Derek has also been involved with
various other education projects and programs at UC Davis (TEAC,
CRESS, MAST, COSMOS, and CCBI). He is currently a Teaching
Assistant with the UC Davis Credential Program and School of
Education, while teaching 60% (chemistry) at a local high school.
Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Science Education, Derek plans to
pursue a career in K-16 teacher education and educational
PhD in Science Education (in progress), University of
California, Davis, expected June 2019.
Continuing Education Units (22.5 quarter units). UC Davis
Extension. Conducted teacher research and
facilitated teacher research groups. UC Davis CRESS Center,
Masters in Education, University of California, Davis, June
Single Subject Teaching Credential (Chemistry and Biological
Sciences) with CLAD, University of California, Davis, June 2003.
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of California, Davis, June 2002.
Teacher, Pioneer High School, Woodland Joint
Unified School District, Woodland, CA. Chemistry and forensic
science. August 2004-June 2014 and August 2016-present.
Cooperating Teacher, Single Subject Science
Credential program, UC Davis School of Education.
2007-2014 and 2016-Present
Teacher Fellow, California State Summer School
for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), UC Davis. July
Teaching Assistant, UC Davis School of
Education. August 2015-present.
Graduate Student Researcher, UC Davis Center
for Educational Effectiveness. Piloted and evaluated a summer
preparatory chemistry course at UC Davis (SP-Chem, now ALEKS
Preparatory Chemistry) for incoming STEM students who plan to
take general chemistry. January 2016-June 2016.
Member of the Chemistry Innovation Team, UC
Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness (formerly the
iAMSTEM Hub UC Davis). October 2014-June 2016.
Member of Secondary Science Teacher Supervision Study
Group, UC Davis School of Education. Fall 2015.
Associate Instructor/Student Teacher
Supervisor, UC Davis School of Education. August
Portfolio Scorer, Performance Assessment for
California Teachers (PACT), UC Davis School of Education.
Member of Advisory Council, Teacher Education
Advisory Council (TEAC), UC Davis School of Education. October
Panel Member, Peer Assistance Review Program
(PAR), Woodland Joint Unified School District. 2012-2013
Member of Partnership Teacher Advisory Board,
Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Program, UC Davis.
Teacher Fellow and Group Facilitator,
Collaborative Classroom-Based Inquiry Project (C.C.B.I.),
August 2005-June 2007.
Teacher Research Group Facilitator for Pioneer
High School, CRESS Center, UC Davis School of Education. August
Teacher, Woodland High School, Woodland Joint
Unified School District, Woodland, CA. Chemistry. August
Science Methods Course, UC Davis Single Subject
Science Credential Program. October 18, 2007; November
13, 2008; February 16, 2017; February 1, 2018.
2016 American Chemical Society National
Conference. Rethinking Remedial Chemistry: Preparing and
Motivating Incoming Undergraduate Students for Success in
Introductory Chemistry Using an Adaptive-responsive Online
Chemistry Preparation Course. Poster Presentation, March
14th; Oral Presentation, March 16th.
2007 NSTA National Conference in St. Louis,
2007. Investigating Assessment Strategies Through Collaborative
Teacher Research. Collaborative Classroom Based Inquiry
Project, UC Davis. Oral Presentation on March 31, 2007.
Supper Seminar, UC Davis CRESS Center. Data
Gathering and Analysis. Panel facilitated on April 5, 2006
Windows Conference, UC Davis CRESS Center.
Meaningful Assessment in the High School Classroom. Teacher
research presented on March 12, 2005.
Supper Seminar, UC Davis CRESS Center. Teacher
Research Showcase. Facilitated session on October 26, 2004.
Dockter, D., Uvarov, C., Guzman-Alvarez, A., & Molinaro, M.
(2017). Improving preparation and persistence in undergraduate
STEM: Why an online summer preparatory chemistry course makes
sense. In Online Approaches to Chemical Education (Vol. 1261, pp.
7-33): American Chemical Society.
Robins, L. I., Villagomez, G., Dockter, D., Christopher, E.,
Ortiz, C., Passmore, C., & Smith, M. H. (2009). Teacher research:
Challenging our assumptions. The Science Teacher, 76(6), 35.
Dockter, D. (2007). Why don’t you just ask them?: Using student
surveys and questionnaires to gain insight into meaningful
self-assessment. Windows on Our Classrooms Volume 12, Ed. Susan
Christianson. CRESS Publications, The CRESS Center, School of
Education, University of California, Davis, 65-86.
Dockter, D. (2005). The Mighty “SRI” Quiz: Using meaningful
assessment to increase self-regulated learning and student
responsibility in the high school chemistry classroom.
Windows on Our Classrooms Volume 11, Ed. Susan Christianson.
CRESS Publications, The CRESS Center, School of Education,
University of California, Davis, 83-101. Print.