NEFSTEM Contacts

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Brian Zoellner is an Assoicate Professor of Science Education in the UNF College of Education and Human Services. He holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on secondary science education and educational policy, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his current role he teaches secondary science methods and foundations courses, supervises student teaching interns, and oversees the science education curriculum. His research interests include the use of technology to enhance educator professional development, STEM curriculum development and implementation, and state and federal education policy related to teachers and their practice. Prior to his graduate studies, he was a high school science teacher and football coach.

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Daniel L. Dinsmore is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. His research interests include how individuals’ cognitive and metacognitive processing influences their task performance across many disciplines – but particularly in STEM disciplines. He has published in major journals in the field including Educational Psychology Review, Learning and Instruction, and the British Journal of Educational Psychology. He has authored numerous book chapters along with editing a book on the development of domain expertise and writing a book about strategic processing. Dan currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Educational Psychology and is on the editorial board of the journal Heliyon. He teaches numerous courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that encompass educational psychology, assessment, and quantitative methods (statistics).

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Nicholas Eastham is the Coordinator of Academic Support Services and an Adjunct Faculty member in Educational Technology, Training and Development.
His duties include supervising the new Urban/STEP lab, managing the college web site, providing college media services (AV, Video and Photography production for web, marketing and course use), providing technology integration consultation in curriculum and daily operation of college, developing and teaching graduate Educational Technology, Training and Development courses, and providing instructional and administrative Canvas support. He is the remote preservice teacher observation platform (Swivl) administrator, and the college badging system administrator.

Betina Malhotra is the Associate Director of STEM Professional Learning & Partnerships for the NEF STEM program and the Director of the STEP Lab.  Dr. Malhotra holds a Ph.D. in the Development of Scientific Reasoning and in Community Project Based Learning. At UNF Dr. Malhotra is bringing together many talented professors from across the University’s various colleges to participate as mentors and guides to the social justice grounded projects for research and action occurring in the STEP Lab.


University of North Florida
College of Education and Human Services
Jacksonville, Florida 32224-2676


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