Phone icon413-545-1306Building icon
B.A., B.S. Bemidji State University
M.A., M.Ed. Kent State University
Ph.D. University of Central Florida
Carmen Woodhall’s interest in science education stems from a deep love of nature that began in early childhood with shoe box collections of rocks, leaves, and skulls that were found in the surrounding woods of Minnesota. This fascination for the “things of nature” developed into two undergraduate degrees in biology and geology. After beginning a family, Woodhall attained a teaching license in Ohio and taught high school science for 10 years in a small school that bordered an urban/rural area. The smaller size of the school allowed for the preparation and teaching of multiple courses ranging from earth science and physics to science and sustainability. While teaching, Woodhall finished master’s degrees in science education and geography. A move to Florida allowed a short professional experience as a hydrogeologist, working mostly with deep water well drilling for water resources for growing eastern coastal cities. Following a lay-off due to the economic crisis of 2008, Woodhall returned to academia, earning a PhD in science education, and was hired at East Carolina University as a teaching assistant professor in the College of Education. At ECU, Woodhall taught many undergraduate and graduate courses in science education, both online and face-to-face. Now at UMass-Amherst, Woodhall looks forward to maintaining and building the Science Education Online program, teaching science education courses, and enthusiastically facilitating students’ love for science. Her research interest remains developing methodologies to assist secondary teachers to implement literacy strategies and understanding into their science classrooms.
- Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies