Associate Professor of Science Education
Stephen DeMeo holds a joint appointment in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, and in the Department of Chemistry. Prof. DeMeo received his undergraduate degree from University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a dual major in Chemistry and English. After working for a few years in industry and then becoming state certified as a chemistry teacher at the secondary level, Prof. DeMeo went on to earn a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Science Education.
Prof. DeMeo is the program coordinator of the Adolescent Science Education Program. His teaching responsibilities include instructing graduate students in the methods of teaching science, issues in science and society, as well as supervising student teachers. The emphasis of Prof. DeMeo’s course work is on allowing his teacher candidates to address practical concerns, as well as to develop a vision for their future teaching.
Prof. DeMeo has written extensively about laboratory education and curriculum design for the Journal of Chemical Education, and has published a non-traditional laboratory manual for introductory science majors that is currently being used in the Chemistry Department. His new book entitled, Improving Science Education through Multiple Solution Methods, is expected to be published shortly. His research interests include inquiry structured lesson planning, problem-solving using visual aids, and ways in which students analyze data. Prof. DeMeo believes strongly in the motivational influence of choice on student performance, and the need for teachers to allow their students to construct knowledge through in-class dialogue that strives to develop conceptual understanding.