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Maria Wallace

Dr. Maria Wallace

Assistant Professor


Dr. Maria Wallace is an assistant professor in the Center for STEM Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research explores the generative interplay of informal and formal science education, paying close attention to ‘in-between spaces.’ Employing community-engaged research, Wallace explores how in-between spaces of identities, places, positionalities, and conceptual development support a complex view of how ideas materialize in science educator preparation.

She strives to design culturally responsive partnerships to elevate asset-based understandings of learning to teach science in highly underserved contexts like Mississippi. Wallace has taught third-sixth grade science in Texas and Massachusetts, holds a B.S. in geology from Millsaps College, an M.A.T from Trinity University, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with emphases in curriculum theory, science education, and women and gender studies from Louisiana State University.

  • Curriculum Theory & Science Education (PHD) - Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (2017)
  • MA - Trinity University (2010)
  • BS - Millsaps College (2009)

SME 898: STEMed Dissertation Hours
SME 795: Research in Science Education
SME 791: Directed Research in STEM
SME 789: Seminar in STEM Education
SME 703: Foundations of Science & Math Education
SME 701: Issues in Math & Science Education
SME 700: Science Curriculum in Public Schools
SME 655: Theory & Research in STEM Education
SME 652: Critical Histories of STEM Education
SME 602: Teaching & Learning STEM in Higher Education
SME 492: Experiences in STEM
SME 432: Science Methods of Elementary Teachers - Service Learning

HON 300: Honors Thesis Development I
HON 301: Honors Thesis Development II
HON 303: Honors Seminar - Feminist Science Studies
SME 492H: Honors Thesis Hours

CIE 302: Classroom Management
CIE 382: Senior Block Practicum

  • ‘It’s all there.’: Entanglements of teacher preparation and induction, Non-Linear Perspectives on Teacher Development: Complexity in Professional Learning and Practice, 2023
  • Reimagining Science Education in the Anthropocene - Volume 1, 2022
  • A Story of Bodying in Science Education, Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2021, 10.1007/s11422-021-10054-8
  • Showtime: The biopolitical performance of ‘effective beginning science teacher.’, Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2019, 10.1007/s11422-018-9885-x
  • Staying with the trouble in science education: Towards thinking with nature., Posthumanism and Higher Education: Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research, 2019
  • Disrupting and displacing methodologies in STEM education: From engineering to tinkering with theory for eco-social justice., Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 2018,
  • The paradox of un/making science people: Practicing ethico-political hesitations in science education. , Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2018, 10.1007/s11422-017-9831-3
  • Thinking with nature: Following minor concepts for ethico-political response-ability in science education. , Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 2018,
  • Perturbing possibilities in the post qualitative turn: Lessons from taoism (道) and ubuntu., International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 2018, 10.1080/09518398.2017.1422289
  • In the midst of a shift: Undergraduate STEM education and “PBL” enactment., Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Association of Science Teacher Education Member (ASTE)
  • National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST)
  • English

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Areas of Expertise

studies of STEM education, feminist science studies, sociocultural studies of science education, teacher education & induction; community-engaged research; community-engaged science education