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Surrette, Timothy

Timothy Surrette
Assistant Professor of Education

Office Location: Jewett Hall 118
Phone: (207) 621-3225
Email: timothy.surrette@maine.edu
Office Hours Fall 2015:
Mondays 3:30pm – 5:00pm online via Google Hangouts
Tuesdays 3:30pm – 5:00pm online via Google Hangouts
Thursdays 12:00 – 3:00pm face-to-face at my office (118 Jewett Hall)

Assistant Professor of Education Tim Surrette

 

Education

B.S. University of Maine, Secondary Education, 2002
M.Ed. University of Maine, Educational Leadership, 2007
Ed.D. University of Cincinnati, Curriculum and Instruction, 2016 (anticipated)


 

My teaching interests include methods of teaching project-based science and problem-based mathematics in elementary schools and approaches to differentiating instruction, lesson planning, formative/summative assessment, and classroom management in K-12 schools.

My research interests include applications of university-based mentoring programs to support early career teachers, particularly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators, and the ability of online environments to facilitate teacher professional development.

 

 

EDUCATION 

09/11 – Present: Doctor of Education – Curriculum and Instruction – Teaching and Learning of School Subjects, University of Cincinnati, OH

08/07: Master of Education – Educational Leadership, University of Maine, Orono, ME

05/02: Bachelor of Science – Secondary Education, University of Maine, Orono, ME

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 Teacher induction, teacher professional development, communities of practice, educational technology,

 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURES & APPOINTMENTS

 02/14 – 06/19                     Graduate Faculty, University of Maine, College of Education and Human Dev.

07/14 – 07/19                     State of Maine, Professional Building Administrator, (Level K – 12)

07/13 – 07/18                     State of Maine, Professional Teacher, Science – Life (Level 7 – 12)

07/13 – 07/18                     State of Maine, Professional Teacher, Science – Physical (Level 7 – 12)

07/13 – 07/18                     State of Maine, Professional Teacher, Social Studies (Level 7 – 12)

               

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 08/15 – Present                                Assistant Professor of Education, University of Maine at Augusta, ME

Responsibilities: I am responsible for development, delivery, and ongoing improvement of multiple course offerings related to K-12 teacher preparation, mentoring and evaluating student-teaching interns, and advising of undergraduate students.

 

01/15 – Present                Adjunct Professor for EDU 361, Teaching Science in the Elementary School, University of Maine at Presque Isle, ME

Responsibilities: I am responsible for selection of course readings, curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.  This undergraduate level course places an emphasis on examination of curriculum projects and trends in elementary science, selection and construction of teaching materials, study of selected topics in various science areas, research and use of science teaching strategies, and care and use of living and non-living science materials.  This course is taught in an online setting.

 

01/15 – Present                Teaching Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction 7001, Educational Research for Master’s Students, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: To respond to student questions and concerns, assess student work, provide feedback, and facilitate discussions. This graduate level course focuses on research and bibliographic methods in curriculum and instruction; analytic, evaluative writing about research; use of research facilities. Students research and write a literature review on a topic relevant to the field of education/curriculum and instruction. Students learn the steps to preparing a literature review and engage in researching topics, forming arguments, and synthesizing research papers. This course is taught in an online setting.

 

09/14 – Present                                Adjunct Professor for EDB 204, The Teaching Process, College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Responsibilities: I am responsible for selection of course readings, curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.  This undergraduate level course engages students in the examination of procedures of instructional planning, including improved use of small groups, classroom space, and appropriate teaching materials, measurement, evaluation, and reporting of pupil learning.

 

01/14 – Present                Adjunct Professor for EDG 400, Field Experience Seminar, College and Education and Human Development, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Responsibilities: I am responsible for selection of course readings, curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. This undergraduate level course engages students in the study of education programs through visits, consultation, and appraisal of practices in selected schools, instructional centers, clinics, laboratories, and community agencies. Observations are considered in relation to research theory and practice.

 

09/11 – Present               Graduate Assistant with the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship project at the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: I am responsible for the management and continuous improvement of a mentoring program for Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows that graduate from the University of Cincinnati and begin teaching science, technology, or mathematics subjects at high-needs public secondary schools throughout the state of Ohio.

 

09/14 – 12/14                      Teaching Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction 7002: Theories and Trends in Curriculum, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: To respond to student questions and concerns, assess student work, provide feedback, and facilitate discussions. This graduate level course focused on how curriculum and curricular activities are developed and impacted by legislative and sociopolitical forces.  The class investigated the interaction of curriculum implementation and models of instruction in respect to student learning as well as how that curriculum is shaped.  This course was taught in an online setting.

 

07/14 – 12/14                      Adjunct Professor for EDU 366, Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School, University of Maine at Presque Isle, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for selection of course readings, curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. The intent of this undergraduate level course was to acquaint students with the foundations of teaching mathematics and to explore content, strategies, materials, organizational structure, and assessment procedures. This course was taught in an online setting.

 

01/14 – 05/14                     Field Placement Supervisor, College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine, Orono, ME and College of Education, Presque Isle, ME

Responsibilities: To continuously communicate with and provide written and oral feedback to teacher candidates. To supervise and evaluate teacher candidate progress during their student teaching experience and advise candidates on the development of their portfolios around the UMaine Teacher Candidate Proficiencies and the Maine Beginning Teacher Standards.

 

01/14 – 05/14                     Teaching Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction 7010, Improving Instructional Effectiveness, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: To respond to student questions and concerns, assess student work, provide feedback, and facilitate discussions. This graduate level course examined the nature of instructional effectiveness and its relationship to classroom practice. This course was taught in an online setting.

 

09/13 – 12/13                     Adult Education Biology / Lab Instructor, Bangor School Dept., Bangor, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for textbook selection, course development, and delivery of instruction and assessment. This introductory survey course included a laboratory component and covered topics such as: the nature of science and scientific inquiry, cell structure and function, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA and genetics, evolution, ecology and classification of life forms.

 

06/13 – 12/13                     Teaching Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction 7003, Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: I assisted with the planning and delivery of two sections of an online class for graduate level students at the University of Cincinnati.  My responsibilities were to develop course content, respond to student questions and concerns, assess student work, provide feedback, and facilitate discussions.

 

09/13 – 11/13                     Alternative Education Mathematics Long-Term Substitute Teacher (Grades 9-12), Bangor School Department, Bangor, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for providing differentiated instruction and support in the subject areas of Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, and Geometry to multiple groups of high school level students with diverse learning abilities and styles.

 

01/13 – 08/13                     Teaching Assistant for Curriculum and Instruction, 7001 Master’s Research Seminar, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: During the spring and summer semesters of 2013, I assisted in the planning and delivery of two sections of an online class for graduate level students at the University of Cincinnati.  My responsibilities were to respond to student questions and concerns, assess student work, provide feedback, and facilitate discussions.

 

01/13 – 08/13                     Instructor for the Learning for the Mobile Age Teacher Professional Development Initiative, CET Learning Services, Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: I assisted in the development and ongoing evaluation of a teacher professional development workshop titled Learning for the Mobile Age.  The workshop focused on strategies for utilizing various mobile devices, such as cell phones and iPads, to support classroom instruction and student assessment in all subject areas and grade levels.  Additionally, I delivered this workshop to teachers at various Cincinnati public schools in a face-to-face and online format.

 

03/12 – 08/13                     Instructor for the Learning for the Digital Age Teacher Professional Development Initiative, CET Learning Services, Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: I assisted in the development and ongoing evaluation of a teacher professional development workshop titled Learning for the Digital Age.  The workshop focused on how to utilize various web-based tools to engage students in the 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Additionally, I delivered this workshop to teachers at various Cincinnati public schools in a face-to-face and online format.

 

08/12 – 12/12                     Adjunct Professor for Curriculum and Instruction 7023, Intermediate Methods Secondary: Science, School of Education, University of Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities: I was solely responsible for textbook selection, course development, instruction, and assessment. This was the second of three required methods courses for University of Cincinnati undergraduate and/or graduate students pursuing any science teaching license in the State of Ohio.

 

08/08 – 09/11                     Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Dr. Lewis S. Libby School (Gr. pK – 8), Milford, ME

Responsibilities: As the assistant principal, I worked collaboratively with other school leaders to hire, supervise, and evaluate professional teaching and support staff, led school-wide improvement initiatives, and managed academic and behavioral student data. As the athletic director, I was responsible for the management of all aspects of the interscholastic sports program offered at the Dr. Lewis S. Libby School.

 

09/07 – 09/11                     Adult Education Chemistry, Earth Science, and Biology Instructor, Old Town School Department, Old Town, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for textbook selection, course development, instruction, and assessment related to multiple adult education course offerings in the sciences at Old Town High School.

 

07/04 – 08/08                     7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher, James F. Doughty Middle School, Bangor, ME

Responsibilities: I taught 7th and 8th grade science at the James F. Doughty Middle School in Bangor, Maine.  During my four years of teaching, I was responsible for the planning and administration of integrative units aligned with the Maine Learning Results in the physical and life sciences, including astronomy, chemistry, physics, and biology.  Furthermore, I was involved in the analysis of student data to continually monitor and improve my classroom instruction.

 

03/06 – 06/08                     High School Varsity Boys/Girls Tennis Coach, John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for planning and supervising practices, communicating with the athletic director, parents and student-athletes, and coaching student-athletes during competitions.

 

01/04 – 07/04                     9th – 12th Grade Science Teacher, Old Town High School, Old Town, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for course development and delivery of Biology, Wildlife Ecology, and Anatomy and Physiology.

 

07/03 – 01/04                     9th – 12th Grade Science Teacher at Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for course development and delivery of Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Physical Science.

 

03/02 – 06/03                     High School Varsity Girls Tennis Coach, Bangor High School, Bangor, ME

Responsibilities: I was responsible for planning and supervising practices, communicating with the athletic director, parents and student-athletes, and coaching student-athletes during competitions.

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

09/11 – Present                Research Assistant, “University of Cincinnati, Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship program”, Ohio Board of Regents in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Responsibilities: To conduct and manage internal evaluative research that assesses the effectiveness of a university-based mentoring program that supports Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows (WWOTF) during their beginning years of teaching at high-needs schools in Ohio.  I have developed and administered interview protocols and survey instruments and engaged in quantitative and qualitative analysis of collected data.  Additionally, I communicate the results of this ongoing research to the WWOTF program director.

 

03/13 – 04/13                     Research Assistant, “STEM Leaders Professional Development project”, Ohio STEM Learning Network

Responsibilities: I assisted in the research and development of a SEED proposal for a STEM Leaders’ Academy in the state of Ohio.  I examined the existing research base related to topics such as, unique qualities of STEM schools and leaders, impact of highly effective principals on teachers and students and frameworks for effective teacher professional development in the STEM subjects.

 

03/12 – 09/12                     Research Assistant, “Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) project”, National Science Foundation

Responsibilities: At the Mason City School District, Ohio, I conducted several observations of 5th grade science teachers engaging their students in Boston Museum’s Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum. The Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, supports high-quality research and development on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and teaching.

 

10/11 – 2/12                       Research Assistant, “Interactive Field Investigation Guide (iFIG) project”, U.S. Department of Education

Responsibilities: I administered an interview protocol to 5th grade students that assessed their perceptions of various iPad applications and their effectiveness at delivering mathematics content.  The technology was developed around the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, which emphasizes proactive instructional design that gives all students an equal opportunity to learn.

 

06/08 – 08/08                     Participating Teacher/Researcher, Inquiry-Based Dynamic Earth Applications of Supercomputing (I.D.E.A.S.) project”, National Science Foundation

Responsibilities: I actively participated in ongoing research being conducted at the University of Maine that focused on utilizing computer models to understand fundamental Earth processes such as climate change, plate tectonics, and ocean circulation.  Additionally, I developed curricular units connected to the IDEAS project learning goals and delivered them to my middle school science students during the academic school year.

 

06/07 – 08/07                     Participating Teacher/Researcher, “Forest Bio-refinery Research Initiative (F.B.R.I.) project”, National Science Foundation

Responsibilities: I actively participated in ongoing research being conducted at the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute – University of Maine.  The research focused on the viability of forest-based bioproducts as a sustainable commercial energy resource.  Additionally, I developed curricular units connected to the FBRI project learning goals and delivered them to my middle school science students during the academic school year.

 

06/05 – 08/05                     Participating Teacher/Researcher, “Maine, GK-12 Sensors!”, National Science Foundation

Responsibilities: I actively engaged in ongoing research being conducted at the University of Maine that focused on the usability of several types of industrial sensors.  Also, I developed curricular units connected to the Maine, GK-12 Sensors! project learning goals and delivered them to my middle school science students during the academic school year.

 

PRESENTATIONS

11/09/14                              Surrette, T., Active-Engagement Instructional Strategies to Support Student Learning in University-Level STEM Courses. Presented at School Science and Mathematics Association Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

02/13/14                              Surrette, T., Web-based Tools to Support Student Learning.  Presented at Student-Teacher Workshop, University of Maine, Orono, ME.

 11/14/13                              Surrette, T., Investigating the Experiences of Three Novice Teachers Participating in Electronic Mentoring. Presented at School Science and Mathematics Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.

04/06/13                              Surrette, T., Investigating the Experiences of Three Novice Teachers Participating in an Electronic Mentoring Program.  Presented at Spring Research Conference, Lexington, KY.

01/11/13                              Meyer, H., Stinson, J., Surrette, T. & Grasso, S., Developing Science Teacher Leaders: Induction to Master Teachers.  Presented at Association for Science Teacher Education Conference, Charleston, SC.

11/08/12                              Surrette, T. & Wuebker M., Assessing the Ability of an Online Environment to Provide Effective Professional Development to Teachers. Presented at School Science and Mathematics Association Conference, Birmingham, AL.

03/31/12                              Surrette, T., Supporting Novice Teachers Using Electronic Communities of Practice: A Review of Literature. Presented at the Spring Research Conference, Louisville, KY.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 Surrette, T. & Johnson, C. (in press). Assessing the ability of an online environment to facilitate the critical features of teacher professional development. School Science and Mathematics Association Journal.

 

Surrette, T. (2014) Investigating the experiences of three first year teachers participating in an electronic community of practice. American Educational Research Association, Graduate Student Council Newsletter.  Retrieved from: http://aeragscnewsletter.wordpress.com/student-writing/

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

02/14 – Present                Volunteer at the Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor, ME

09/13 – 05/14                     Distance Learning Representative for Graduate School Association for the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, OH

07/12 – 08/13                     Volunteer at the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter

05/12 – 09/13                     President of Graduate School Association for the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, OH

03/16/13                              Science Fair Judge, Science and Engineering Expo, Cincinnati, OH

12/17/12                              Science Fair Judge, Clark Montessori Jr./Sr. High School, Cincinnati, OH

10/11 – 05/12                     Vice-President of Graduate School Association for the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, OH

08/08 – 09/11                     School Liaison to Chaisson Field Committee, Milford, ME

10/06 – 12/06                     Youth Mentor for the “Jumpstart” program offered at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), Bangor, ME

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

09/14 – Present                Diversity and Difference Standing Committee, University of Maine, Orono, ME

01/12 – 02/12                     Secondary Education: Social Studies, Faculty Search Committee, University of Cincinnati, OH

09/12 – 12/12                     Secondary Education Faculty Committee, University of Cincinnati, OH

 

JOURNAL REVIEW ACTIVITY

10/12 – Present                Reviewer, School Science and Mathematics Association Journal, 10/12, 11/12 05/13, 11/13, 07/14, 05/15

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

12/13 – Present                National Science Teachers Association

12/12 – Present                Association for Science Teacher Education

11/12 – Present                School Science and Mathematics Association

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