J. William Hug, Ph. D.

Selected Vitae

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction. The Pennsylvania State University. May 1998. Emphasis: Science Education / Environmental Education.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor of Education - California University of Pennsylvania, College of Education and Human Services, Department of Early, Middle and Special Education. August 2007 - present.

Assistant Professor of Education - Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Department of Education. (tenure-track position) August 2003 - July 2007.

Assistant Professor of Education - Michigan State University, College of Education, Department of Teacher Education. (non-tenure teaching position) September 2000 - August 2003.

Assistant Professor of Education - Potland State University, Graduate School of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction. (tenure-track position) September 1998 - June 2000.

Multiple positions in public schools, nature centers, resident outdoor education centers, summer camps, adventure guiding companies, etc.

Research and Other Creative Achievements

Dissertation

Ph. D. Dissertation Title: Learning and Teaching For An Ecological Sense of Place: Toward Environmental / Science Education Praxis . May 1998.

M.S. Thesis Title: Prospective Teachers' Understanding of Learning to Teach Environmental Science while Participating in a Residential Outdoor Education Program .   May 1995.

Selected Publications

Hug, J. W. (2010). Exploring instructional strategies to develop prospective elementary teacher children’s literature book evaluation skills for science, ecology and environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 16 (3), 211-226.

Hug, J. W. (2010). “Eeew! There’s dew on my toes”: Common characteristics of preservice elementary teacher learning in environmental education and instructional strategies for science teacher educators. In Bodzin, Klein, & Weaver (Eds.) The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Springer.

Carleton-Hug, A. & Hug, J. W. (2010). Challenges and opportunities for evaluating environmental education programs. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, 33 (2) 159-164.

Hug, J. W. & Herbeck, J. (2008). Appreciating the wonders of nature: Nurturing understanding of the natural world and ecology through children’s literature. American Library Association Booklinks, 17(4), 50-53.

Kim, J., Cho, H., & Hug, J. (2007). Investigation of early childhood teachers’ attitudes toward science teaching: A path analysis. International Journal of Early Childhood Education, 13 (1), 29-42.

Brunsell, E. & Hug, J. W. (2007). Plants and pollution: Fifth graders learn about human impact on the environment through a plant inquiry experience. Science and Children, 44 (8), 37-41.

Presentations

Hug, J. W., Farrer, D., Orient, C., Bonari, J. Wright, C. & DeJesus, D. (2012 March). Developing literacy, math, science and social studies school-readiness skills in early childhood education via local wildlife and farm animals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher Association: Indianapolis, IN.

Hug, J. W., Farrer, D., Orient, C., Bonari, J. Wright, C. & Cairns, S. (2012 March). Developing early childhood learners’ inquiry skills through play-based nature study activities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher Association: Indianapolis, IN.

Hug, J. W. (2011 April). Exploring instructional strategies to develop prospective elementary teachers’ children’s literature book evaluation skills for science, ecology and environmental education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association: New Orleans, LA.

Hug, J. W., Farrer, D., Orient, C., Wright, C. & Shimkanin, J. (2010 March). Fostering science process skills through nature-study with rural early childhood learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher Association: Philadelphia, PA.

Shimkanin, J. & Hug, J. W. (2010 March). Monarchs, silkworms and painted ladies: Developing elementary learner’s scientific proficiency. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher Association: Boston, MA.

Hug, J. W., Trummel, B., & Carleton-Hug, A. (2008, March). Wolves, bison, and geysers: Using Yellowstone National Park electronic field trips in your classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teacher Association: Boston, MA.

Hug, J. W., Walthall, R., & Graham, F. (2007, November). Place-based learning about wetlands: Facilitating university, environmental non-profit, school partnerships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education: Virginia Beach, VA.

Hug, J. W., & Carleton-Hug, A. (2007, November). Yellowstone National Park's electronic field trips: Evaluating classroom usability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education: Virginia Beach, VA.

Externally Funded Research Grants Awarded

Hug, J. W., Wright, C., Farrer, D., Hoppe, J., Groves-Pierce, T., Polojac, S., Figlar, M. Sapotichne, J., & Hazen, P. (2011, September – 2013, June). Developing Teacher Leaders to Enhance Science Inquiry Instruction in Early Childhood Classrooms. Grant awarded from the PNC Bank Foundation. $150,000. (principal investigator, project director, grant proposal writer).

Hug, J. W. (2009, September – 2011, June). Enhancing Elementary/Middle Level Teachers’ STEM Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Science, Environment and Ecology Education. Congressionally-directed grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. $95,000. (principal investigator, project director, grant proposal writer).

Hug, J. W., Farrer, D., Bonari, J., Shimkanin, J., & Wright, C.  (2009, June – 2011, August). Grow up great with science: Developing early childhood learner’s school readiness skills through science and nature education.  Grant awarded from the PNC Bank Foundation. $379,198. (principal investigator, project director, grant proposal writer).

Hug, J. W. (2008, June – 2010, July). Elementary science & math capacity building. Congressionally-directed grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. $85,480. (principal investigator, project director, grant proposal writer).

Hug, J. W. (2004, October). Developing a Can Tho University-based Outdoor Science Learning Center: Vietnamese Scholar, Dr. Phung Thi Nguyet-Hong, Montana State University Campus Visit/Research Seminar. Michigan State University, Dr. Chris Wheeler.  $850. (visit host/planner, co-presenter).

Hug, J. W. Graefe, A., & Cottrell, S. Creating National Standards for Boat Operator Proficiency: A Study of Education Implications. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; Lexington, KY.  January - September 2000.  $32,800. (principal investigator, lead writer).

Teaching and Courses

Science Teaching Methods.   1992-present. Over 50 sections at 4 universities in 4 year, 5 year, and fifth year graduate teacher education programs).

Environment, Ecology and Natural History Education

Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Life Science

Research Methods in Education

Instructional Strategies, Foundations in Education, Assessment in Education

Honors and Recognitions

2010 Faculty Merit Award - Grants and Contracts, California University of Pennsylvania Faculty Professional Development Council. May 7, 2010.

Gustav Ohaus Award for Innovations in College Science Teaching , National Science Teachers Association. April 1998. A highly competitive, peer reviewed national award from a leading national organization in science education.   Nomination required a written narrative of educational philosophy, science teaching innovation, and supporting documents such as student evaluations.

Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching , The Pennsylvania State University. May 1996. A highly competitive, university wide award based on teaching evaluation scores, educational philosophy, and recommendations from supervisors, peers and students.

 

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