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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.

 Derek’s interests include: K-12 teacher education, K-16 science education, science curriculum development, teacher identity development, undergraduate chemistry preparation, student persistence, student motivation, STEM identity, scientific literacy, and improving access to STEM education.

Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Science Education, Derek plans to pursue a career in K-16 teacher education and educational research.

EDUCATION

  • 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, 2004-2009.
  • Masters in Education, University of California, Davis, June 2004.
  • 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.

EXPERIENCE

  • 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 2006-present.
  • 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 2014-June 2015.
  • Portfolio Scorer, Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), UC Davis School of Education. 2013-2015.
  • Member of Advisory Council, Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC), UC Davis School of Education. October 2013-June 2014.
  • Panel Member, Peer Assistance Review Program (PAR), Woodland Joint Unified School District. 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Member of Partnership Teacher Advisory Board, Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Program, UC Davis. 2009-2013.
  • Mentor Teacher, Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Program, UC Davis. 2008-2012.
  • 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 2004-June 2009.
  • Teacher, Woodland High School, Woodland Joint Unified School District, Woodland, CA. Chemistry. August 2003-June 2004.

PRESENTATIONS

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.

 PUBLICATIONS

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.

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