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Dr Melissa R Hulings

[Dr Melissa Rene Hulings]

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Last Updated: October 28, 2021
about me

Research Interests

Research Interests
My research interest include understanding pre-service teachers perceptions of and self-efficacy in science teaching. I am also interested in understanding the challenges faced by in-service teachers, both new and veteran teachers, when it comes to implementing the 5E learning cycle and inquiry-based instruction.

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
self-efficacy; science teaching; 5E learning cycle; inquiry-based instruction

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
My teaching interests include science teaching methods for all grade levels, PK-12.

Biography

Biography

I was a classroom teacher for 8 years, with experience teaching science in grades 6-12, before becoming a full-time doctoral student. As a doctoral student, I was a graduate research/teaching assistant. Upon completing my doctoral program, I became a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. I was in this position for 7 years until moving into an assistant professor of science education in the fall of 2020.

Education

Education

    • 2013 PhD in Education - Professional Education Studies
      Oklahoma State University Stillwater
    • 2008 MED in Secondary Science Education
      Northeastern St University Tahlequah
    • 2002 BS in Secondary Science Education
      Oklahoma State University Stillwater

Licensure and Certifications

Licensure and Certifications

    • 2002 Teaching Certificate, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2020 to Present Assistant Professor of Science Education
      Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • Aug 2013 to Aug 2020 Clinical Assistant Professor
      Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • May 2017 to Aug 2017 Instructor and Curriculum Developer
      ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
    • May 2016 to Aug 2016 Instructor and Curriculum Developer
      ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
    • May 2015 to Aug 2015 Instructor and Curriculum Developer
      ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
    • Aug 2010 to July 2013 Graduate Research Assistant
      Oklahoma State University
    • Aug 2010 to July 2013 Graduate Teaching Assistant
      Oklahoma State University
    • May 2010 to Aug 2010 Scorer for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
      Pearson, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    • Jan 2010 to May 2010 Adjunct Professor
      Northeastern State University, Muskogee
    • Aug 2008 to May 2010 8th grade Science Teacher
      Union Public Schools, Tulsa, Oklahoma,
    • May 2009 to Aug 2009 Scorer for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
      Pearson, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    • Aug 2005 to May 2008 6th and 7th grade Science Teacher
      Glenpool Public Schools, Glenpool, Oklahoma
    • May 2007 to Aug 2007 Graduate Research Assistant
      Northeastern State University,
    • May 2006 to Aug 2006 Graduate Research Assistant
      Northeastern State University
    • May 2005 to Aug 2005 Graduate Research Assistant
      Northeastern State University
    • Aug 2002 to May 2005 7th-12th grade Science Teacher
      Boynton-Moton Public Schools. Boynton, Oklahoma

Memberships

    • Sept 2020 to Present American Educational Research Association
      Mission statement: "The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good." (posted on the website www.aera.net)
    • Sept 2020 to Present The Association for Science Teacher Education
      Mission Statement: "The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education." (posted on the website www.theaste.org)
    • 2013 to Present Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
      "Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million!" (posted on the website www.kdp.org)
    • 2002 to Present National Science Teaching Association
      Overview: "Founded in 1944 (as the National Science Teachers Association), the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. It is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of 40,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education." (as posted on the website www.nsta.org)

Awards and Honors

    • Dec  2016 College of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Clinical Faculty Member sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Nov  2015 College of Education Semi-Finalist sponsored by Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  2014 Teacher of the Year sponsored by Boynton-Motion Public Schools
    • May  2013 2012 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • May  2012 Induction into Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education sponsored by Northeastern State University.
    • May  2012 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Apr  2012 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Mar  2012 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Feb  2012 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Jan  2012 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Dec  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Nov  2011 Induction into Golden Key National Honor Society sponsored by Northeastern State University.
    • Nov  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Oct  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Sep  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Aug  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Jul  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Jun  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • May  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Apr  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Mar  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Feb  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Jan  2011 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Dec  2010 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Nov  2010 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient. sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Oct  2010 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Sep  2010 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University
    • Aug  2010 Top Tier Scholarship Recipient sponsored by Oklahoma State University

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

Presentations

    • April  2016
      Hulings, MelissaRene, "Looking Back and Moving Forward: A Mixed Methods Study of Elementary Science Teacher Preparation". (April , 2016).
    • April  2013
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, j, Orona, C, , "STEM Career SIGNALS: What". (April , 2013).
    • April  2013
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, , "Who Wants to Be a Scientist? Elementary". (April , 2013).
    • February  2013
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, , "Influences on 5th Grade". (February , 2013).
    • October  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, , "Red Light, Green Light SIGNALS: Encouraging American Indian Girls’ STEM Interests". (October , 2012).
    • October  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, "Valuable SIGNALS: Defining STEM Teaching Strategies for Rural Oklahoma American Indian Students.". (October , 2012).
    • August  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, Hullman, S, Taylor, F, Page, MC, Judah, M, Backof, S, , "The relationship between child, parent, and teacher gender beliefs and child math and science interests". (August , 2012).
    • July  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, "STEM Career Awareness Among Rural 5th Graders.". (July , 2012).
    • April  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, O, "What Determines STEM Interests and Attitudes of 3rd - 4th Graders? Draw-a-Scientist Indicators". (April , 2012).
    • April  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, VanDelinder, J, "What Determines STEM Interests and Attitudes of 3rd - 4th Graders? Focus Group Indicators.". (April , 2012).
    • April  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, "What Determines STEM Interests and Attitudes of 3rd - 4th Graders? School and Home Influences". (April , 2012).
    • April  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, , "What Determines STEM Interests and Attitudes of 3rd - 4th Graders? School and Home Influences". (April , 2012).
    • April  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, "What Determines STEM Interests and Attitudes of 3rd - 4th Graders? Wellspring of the STEM Career Pipeline". (April , 2012).
    • February  2012
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Branz, K, , "Improving Science and math Instruction for All: It’s Elementary.". (February , 2012).
    • November  2011
      Hulings, MelissaRene, Thomas, J, Orona, C, "Teacher Observation Protocol: Development of an Instrument to Assess Teacher Actions in an Elementary Classroom". (November , 2011).

Courses

      • EDUC 5309-005 ADV TCHNG FOR DIVERSE LRNRS
        (Course Id: 101336)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • EDUC 4344-001 TEACHING IN MID/SECOND SCIENCE
        (Course Id: 113779)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • EDUC 5309-105 ADV TCHNG FOR DIVERSE LRNRS
        (Course Id: 101336)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • SCED 5352-005 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2021
      • EDML 4677-002 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • EDML 4677-003 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • EDML 4677-200 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • EDML 4677-300 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • ELED 4312-001 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ELED 4312-006 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • EDUC 4332-002 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • EDML 4677-001 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • EDML 4677-002 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • EDML 4677-100 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • EDML 4677-200 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • SCED 5352-005 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020
      • SCED 5352-105 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2020
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ELED 5315-004 CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 110733)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ELED 5315-006 CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 110733)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDML 4677-001 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDML 4677-100 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SCED 5352-005 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019
      • BEEP 4312-001 SCIENCE AND HEALTH EDUCATION I
        (Course Id: 111462)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ELED 4312-001 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ELED 4312-002 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDUC 5190-001 SELECTED TOPICS IN EDUCATION
        (Topic: Math & Sci. | Course Id: 101322)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SCED 5356-005 LIFE SCI CYCLES & ECOSYSTEMS
        (Course Id: 111412)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019
      • SCED 5356-105 LIFE SCI CYCLES & ECOSYSTEMS
        (Course Id: 111412)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019
      • EDML 4300-001 ADOLESCENT GROWTH/DEVELOPMENT
        (Course Id: 101539)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDML 4677-001 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • EDML 4677-003 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • EDML 4677-100 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • EDML 4677-300 MIDDLE LEVEL CLINICAL TEACHING
        (Course Id: 101544)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SCED 5352-005 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SCED 5351-005 PHYS SCI MATTER PROPS/CHANGES
        (Course Id: 111417)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • EDUC 5397-105 IMPLMNT/DISEMINAT CLSRM RSRCH
        (Course Id: 101375)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ELED 4687-004 CLINICAL TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ELED 4687-008 CLINICAL TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ELED 4687-400 CLINICAL TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ELED 4687-800 CLINICAL TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SCED 5352-005 PHYSICAL SCI FORCE & ENERGY
        (Course Id: 111416)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2018
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SCED 5351-005 PHYS SCI MATTER PROPS/CHANGES
        (Course Id: 111417)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2017
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ELED 4312-001 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2017
      • ELED 4687-002 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ELED 4687-003 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • BEEP 4312-001 SCIENCE AND HEALTH EDUCATION I
        (Course Id: 111462)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ELED 4312-002 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2016
      • EDUC 5305-105 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2016
      • ELED 4687-010 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ELED 4687-011 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • BEEP 4312-001 SCIENCE AND HEALTH EDUCATION I
        (Course Id: 111462)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ELED 4312-002 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Summer - Dynamic Dated Session - 2015
      • EDUC 4332-002 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2015
      • ELED 4687-005 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ELED 4687-007 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Fall - Dynamic Dated Session - 2014
      • BEEP 4312-002 SCIENCE AND HEALTH EDUCATION I
        (Course Id: 111462)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDUC 4332-002 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDUC 4332-003 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDUC 5305-005 CUR DESGN, IMPLMNTATION & EVAL
        (Course Id: 101333)
        Spring - Dynamic Dated Session - 2014
      • ELED 4687-003 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ELED 4687-004 STUDENT TEACH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 101492)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • EDUC 4332-001 CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS
        (Course Id: 101273)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • BEEP 4312-002 SCIENCE AND HEALTH EDUCATION I
        (Course Id: 111462)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • EDML 4371-001 SCIENCE IN MID LEVEL GRADES
        (Course Id: 101541)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ELED 4312-001 SCIENCE/HEALTH EARLY & ELEM ED
        (Course Id: 111513)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013

Service to the University

    • Sept 2020 to  Present Program Coordinator
      Mid-level Certification Program
      Responsibilities include: advising students, determine instructors for courses within the program, determine degree plan changes as they are needed, communicate with advising on students and courses, document completion of key assessments, and document student progress and completion of program.
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      UTA Education Professions Council (EPC)
      Responsibilities include attending meetings, as well as reviewing and voting on items needed for the Educator Preparation Programs.

Service to the Profession

    • Dec 2016 to  May 2017
      Committee Member
      Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair Search Committee, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Sept 2016 to  Mar 2017
      Committee Member
      College of Education Strategic Planning Committee
    • Sept 2014 to  Dec 2016
      Committee Member
      College of Education Assessment Team, The University of Arlington
    • Feb 2015 to  May 2015
      Committee Member
      College of Education Scholarship Committee, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • May 2012 to  May 2013
      Foundation Representative
      Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Oklahoma State University
    • Aug 2010 to  May 2013
      President
      Oklahoma State University Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association
    • Feb 2011 to  May 2011
      Committee Member
      Elementary Science Faculty Search Committee