Advisory Board

Julia ChamberlainJulia Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Julia Chamberlain is a Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) in the UC Davis Department of Chemistry.  She completed her doctorate in solid state inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University in 2010, and postdoctoral studies in Chemical Education Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Dr. Chamberlain’s postdoctoral research on PhET Interactive Simulations included interface design, effects of guidance on students’ simulation interaction, and pedagogical roles and best practices for simulation use in large lecture learning environments.  At UC Davis, her research focuses on course transformation in three significant areas: curricular change, instructional formats, and program-level supports for student engagement in active learning.  Dr. Chamberlain teaches General Chemistry and coordinates a growing cohort of undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) for her courses.

Harry ChengHarry Cheng, Ph.D.

Dr. Harry H. Cheng is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Graduate Group in Computer Science, and Graduate Group in Education, and Director of the Integration Engineering Lab at UC Davis. He founded and directs the UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM). Over the last 10 years, he has pioneered the work on systemically integrating computing and robotics into K-12 formal math education with a focus on Algebra, the gatekeeper for STEM fields. He has taught computer programming, robotics, and engineering software design at UC Davis since 1992, authored and co-authored more than 180 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and holds two U.S. patents.

Ozcan GulacarOzcan Gulacar, PhD.

Ozcan Gulacar has a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Science Education. For the last 18 years, he has worked at different educational settings including international high schools and doctorate and Master’s granting institutions. He has designed and taught several graduate and undergraduate chemistry and science education courses for a wide range of audience. Because of his strong interest in investigating the effectiveness of different teaching methods and tools, he has applied and received grants and established collaborations with colleagues from different fields and different countries. Besides teaching and running research projects, he has also developed and organized workshops about implementation of social constructivist methods and effective use of technological tools in science classrooms.

Susan KeenSusan Keen, Ph.D.

An author of numerous textbooks on Zoology, Dr. Keen is an evolutionary biologist interested in the role of asexual reproduction in life history. She is staunchly committed to maximizing the value of in-person instruction in her classes, and is pioneering new methods and technological approaches in course curriculum development.

Tim LewisTim Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UC Davis, where he has been since 2004. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Matters in the Math Department. He is an active researcher in the field of Mathematical Biology and is deeply involved with several projects in Math Education.

Abigail ThompsonAbigail Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics, where she is currently department Chair.  She directed the UC Davis Cosmos program from 2001-2017.  Her research is in low-dimensional topology and knot theory. 

Dina ZhabinskayaDina Zhabinskaya, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhabinskaya is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at UC Davis since 2013.  She is committed to curriculum development and improvement of the Physics 7 series, an introductory physics course for biological science students.  Her goal is to maximize student learning through an interactive and collaborative classroom experience.  She is involved in projects in Physics Education such as developing an interactive online textbook and helping undergraduates gain teaching experience in a physics classroom.