Our Mission

The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is committed to providing the North State with the highest quality science education for all learners, programs for teacher subject matter preparation and professional development, and research on teaching and learning to promote scientific appreciation and understanding.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Leslie Atkins
Leslie Atkins
Joint Appt: Physics
 

Leslie J. Atkins, PhD (University of Maryland, 2004) is an award-winning associate professor in the departments of physics and science education. She was selected for Professional Achievement Honors in 2011-12 and given an Exemplary Online Instruction Award in 2010. Her professional interests lie in the design of learning environments that better reflect the creative, knowledge-building communities that characterize scientific research. Her students love her: “Leslie is the queen of analogies. She explains physics in a way everyone can understand and makes science seem easy.”

Bev MarcumBev Marcum (FERP)
Joint Appt: Biology

Bev Marcum is a professor of biology. She earned her PhD at the University of Virginia (1974) and has been a faculty member since 1982.

Julie Monet

Julie Monet
Joint Appt: GEOS

Julie Monet earned her Ed.D. in Science Education from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Applied Geosciences from San Francisco State University, and her B.S. in Geology from Sonoma State University. Since arriving on the CSU Chico campus she has held a joint position in both the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department and the Department of Science Education. She has served as the director for the Master’s in Science Teaching Program, and is highly regarded in her efforts to promote science learning in informal learning environments through her collaboration with the Gateway Science Museum. Dr. Monet’s research interests are in pedagogical and content knowledge preparation of teachers; Geoscience education research and metacognition. 

Irene SalterIrene Salter

Irene Salter, is committed to hands-on, inquiry-based science teaching. Prior to coming to CSU Chico, she was neuroscientist at UC San Francisco (PhD, 2002), then a middle school science teacher, then a curriculum developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science. She is now Department Chair and a super star instructor -- she was honored by Chico Rotary as Educator of the Year in 2012. Her passions lie in developing cutting edge science curriculum, teaching teachers, and cultivating the growth of the Department.

Lecturers and Lab Instructors

Chris BrownChris Brown

Chris Brown has a bachelor’s degree in geology from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. She loves teaching Science Education courses, and is currently teaching Concepts in Earth and Space Science.  She has taught a variety of other geology and environmental science classes at CSU Chico and Butte College over the past 15 years. Chris also owns her own consulting firm, and works part time as a hydrogeologist.

Tanya HeastonTanya Heaston

Tanya Heaston, MA (CSU, Chico) is lecturer in science education and coordinator of the Hands-On Lab at Chico State University. A graduate of the MiST Program, Heaston teaches and directs all activities associated with the Hands-On Lab which is the capstone experience in science for all liberal studies majors and introduces other students to the science teaching profession.

Chrystal MesserschmidtChristl Messerschmidt

Christl Messerschmidt-Yates received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and her Master’s degree in Education from CSU, Chico. Making a positive difference in her students’ education through her teaching is Christl’s passion. After being an elementary teacher for 31 years, she was invited to join the Tri-Placement Program in the Professional Studies in Education Department at CSU, Chico, as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence. Christl was also able to share her love of teaching and its pedagogy when she worked with K-5th grade teachers as a consultant focused on science and literacy emphasizing English language development and coached 3rd -8th grade teachers in lesson study. Since the Fall of 2010, Christl has been lecturing for the Department of Science Education working with Liberal Studies students. She is excited to work with these future teacher candidates hoping to spark their passion for teaching science in their classrooms making a positive difference in their students’ education.

Jeremy MillerJeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and is a credentialed High School Biology Teacher. He has served as an 8th grade classroom science teacher and has held positions as an outdoor educator, curriculum designer, and lead teacher at outdoor science schools in Colorado, California, Oregon, New York and Switzerland. Jeremy enjoys gardening, backpacking, creek-walking, chicken raising, bike-commuting, blackberry picking, writing and singing nonsense songs with his two daughters.

Staff

Barbara Paquin

Barbara Paquin is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Department of Science Education. A long-time resident of Chico, she never loses her appreciation of the beauty of Chico and the surrounding area.  Barbara has worked on campus for over 21 years and has been fortunate to work among some of the most committed and dedicated employees within the CSU system.  Working with and helping students is, by far her most satisfying experience on campus!  When not at work, Barbara enjoys spending time with her 3 grandchildren and making the most out of each and every day!