|Research Interest Areas:Teacher professional development/leadership (pre-service & in-service/domestic & international venues) – School/university partnerships – Elementary and middle school science curriculum and instruction – Science/Technology/Society (STS) teaching and assessment strategies – Cognitive and social constructivist teaching – Culturally relevant teaching practices – NCATE standards/evaluation – Elementary and middle school administration/supervision.
Dr. Blunck’s research and professional efforts have been focused on promoting excellence in science teaching by working with emerging and practicing teachers. Her primary area of research is centered on the professional development of science teachers. Believing that the professional development continuum spans the time a teacher enters a preparation program until the day the teacher leaves the profession, Dr. Blunck strives to create professional development experiences that are ongoing, teacher centered, and standards-based. Dr. Blunck created the National Diffusion Network nationally recognized and disseminated, Iowa Chautauqua Program (1987-1995); the UCEA award winning, international Egyptian Teacher Leader Program (1996-2001); the UMBC Master of Arts in Education program for practicing teacher leaders in Maryland (2002-2008); and NSF/UMBC/BCPS STEM Master of Arts in Education Pre-service Program (2004-2008). Dr. Blunck is the founding director of the UMBC Center of Excellence in STEM Education and is most currently researching K-12 STEM Academy building processes and K-12 STEM teacher development.
In her role as Associate Clinical Professor Dr. Susan M. Blunck currently is: