STEM teaching and learning, Pre-service teacher preparation, Neuromyths in learning, Impact of technology on teaching and learning
Eliza Bobek is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education. She is a core faculty member in the UTeach program, a teacher preparation program for STEM majors with a focus on inquiry-based and project-based instruction. Her interests in STEM began as an undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and working in the Neurobiology lab of Dr. Rae Silver of Columbia University, studying biological rhythms. Bobek began her teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with a deep commitment to educational equity and opportunity. She has also taught middle school science at the school for New Explorations in Science, Technology, and Math, The School at Columbia University, and at The Packer Collegiate Institute. Her work in the classroom led her to the Cognitive Studies in Education doctoral program at Teachers College, spurred by a desire to use research to improve educational practices. She received a Spencer Research Training Grant to support her doctoral work, which explored the use of visual explanations to understand complex processes in science. At UMass Lowell, Bobek continues to explore opportunities to examine teaching, learning, and pre-service teacher preparation. She has extensive experience with online learning, designing curriculum K-12, providing professional development to K-12 teachers, and integrating data and technology into the classroom.