David Gregory LaFazia

Contact

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Objective

I continue to explore new research opportunities and welcome the sharing and development of successful teaching strategies. Assessment and data analysis play critical roles in my career. Primary Specialties: Education and STEM fields.

Education

EdD in Curriculum, Technology, and Higher Education (in progress) January 2012 — Present

University of DelawareConcentration in Science Education. Research themes: Phenomenographic analysis of energy technology students in a community college setting as related to traditionally-linked engineering technology students; the relationship between scribes in the classroom, their background, and student success by content area.

MS in Teaching Physics May 2007 — August 2010

Delaware State UniversityResearch Focus: empowering teachers in the use of technology, science concepts, and instructional strategies at all levels in the classroom.

BA in Physics Education August 2001 — May 2005

University of DelawareNCATE Accredited Professional Education Program Certification. Earned Highly Qualified Teacher status. Research Focus:  computational physics applications in the analysis of subDwarf star spectral data. Minor: History.

Work experience

Delaware Technical Community College April 2011 — Present

Energy Technologies Department Chairperson, Renewable Energy Technologies Instructor
  • Department oversight for Renewable Energy - Solar, Energy Management, and Refrigeration/HVAC programs
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional strategies support for full-time and part-time instructors
  • Outreach (prospective students and business/educational partners)
  • Advisement
  • Accreditation processes
  • Cross-Campuses coordination with shared programs

Delaware Technical Community College, Department of Mathematics & Physics May 2009 — Present

Physics Adjunct Instructor
  • Classroom and laboratory instruction
  • Lesson development (including hybridization of traditionally face-to-face materials)

Delaware State University / DE Department of Education Partnership May 2010 — August 2010

Online Instructor
  • Full curriculum development and instruction in an online environment for grades eight through 12 science instructors
  • Complete detailed reports on curriculum effectiveness, participant engagement, and takeaways

NASA Education Research Partnership, University of Delaware June 2009 — August 2010

Research Partner
  • Marine science / oceanography curriculum development and research
  • Integration of simulations and educational technology strategies into curriculum materials
  • Coordination of National Science Standards with Delaware and other state standards

Cape Henlopen High School August 2005 — April 2011

Physics Instructor
  • Curriculum development and instruction
  • Highly qualified and tenured
  • Participation in Delaware State Science Standards revision processes
  • Laboratory development and implementation
  • Robotics Co-Advisor (M.A.T.E. competitions)
  • Science Olympiad Co-Advisor
  • Delaware Science Fair Co-Advisor
  • Drama Club Teacher Sponsor

University of Delaware, Department of Physics & Astronomy May 2004 — August 2005

Research Assistant
  • Data analysis and comparison
  • Report writing on findings and next steps
  • Research on subDwarf star spectral data through computational analysis
  • Computational Physics programming (ForTran programming language)

Delaware Technical Community College, Learning Center August 2001 — August 2002

Peer Tutor and Teacher's Aide
  • Provided tutoring in Maths, Science, and Spanish courses
  • Grading of student assignments (as Teacher's Aide)

Qualifications

Teacher of Physics Grades 9-12 (Valid 5-8 in a Middle School) Effective 09/01/2005, Continuing License expires August 31, 2018.

New Faculty Development Program (NFDP) graduate, Delaware Technical Community College (became an NFDP mentor Fall 2013)

Instructional Organization and Development Training:

  • Understanding by Design (UbD)
  • Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies)
  • Learning Focused Strategies (LFS)


Recent Educational Technology Training (non-NFDP):

  • EDUC762 - Multimodal Literacy - University of Delaware, Summer 2013
  • EDUC639 - Educational Web Design - University of Delaware, Summer 2013
  • EDUC818 - Educational Technology Foundations - University of Delaware, Summer 2012
  • EDUC639 - ePub for Mobile Learning - University of Delaware, Winter 2014


Recent Curriculum, Teaching, and Research Training (non-NFDP):

  • EDUC665 - Elementary Statistics - University of Delaware, Fall 2013
  • EDUC843 - (Proseminar) Research on Teaching - University of Delaware, Spring 2013
  • EDUC891 - Problem Analysis and Planning in Education - University of Delaware, Winter 2013
  • EDUC824 - Effective Communication for Educational Leadership - University of Delaware, Fall 2012
  • EDUC843 - (Proseminar) Research on Curriculum - University of Delaware, Spring 2012
  • EDUC897 - Curriculum Planning and Design - University of Delaware, Spring 2014


Other Relevant Training:

  • Coursework in the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN), Penn State University
  • Seminars in the Supervisory Training Program (STP), Delaware Technical Community College
  • Stewards of Children training (via Darkness to Light) certificate earned June 21, 2013

Courses Taught

Secondary:
  • Physics of the Dynamic Universe (Applied, College Preparatory, and Honors)
  • AP Physics AB
  • Physical Science (College Preparatory and Honors)
  • Chemistry (College Preparatory)
Post-Secondary:
  • PHY111 - Conceptual Physics
  • PHY205 - General Physics I
  • NRG101 - Introduction to Energy Management
  • NRG103 - Sustainability
  • NRG124 - Energy Efficient Methods
  • NRG142 - Energy Accounting
  • NRG154 - Alternative Energy Technologies
  • NRG200 - Solar Energy Systems
  • NRG204 - Cooperative Education in Solar
  • NRG206 - Cooperative Education in Energy Management
  • NRG207 - NABCEP Solar Entry Level Prep
  • NRG241 - Energy Investment Analysis

Grants

Delaware Technical Community College Faculty Grant - $2200 - For the development of laboratory activities and curricular approaches which address specific skillset needs of Energy program majors.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) round one - instructional participant Delaware Technical Community College.

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - assessment participant and curriculum reviewer Delaware Technical Community College.

Presentations & Workshops

Downstate Quest & Dupont - "World Year of Physics 2005" - November 10th, 2005.  Theme: Physical Science Demonstrations with Peter Parlett. (Assistant Presenter)

Delaware Department of Education & Delaware State University - "Science In Motion" - August 6th through 10th, 2007.  Topic: Probe Technology - Using Probe Technology to Enhance Science Instruction.(Assistant Presenter)

Delaware Technical Community College - "Teaching & Learning Expo" - August 14th & 15th, 2013.  Topic: Meaningful Assessment - Types, Purpose, and Strategies. (Presenter)

Upward Bound Math & Science - "Crime Scene Investigation at the Energy House" - July 22nd, 2013. Topic: Student Exploration of Science Principles as Applied in a Crime Scene Investigation (Technical Coordinator)

Delaware Technical Community College - "Owens Campus STEM Expo" - March 27th, 2013.  Theme: STEM Careers for Delaware High School Students. (Campus Coordinator)

Millsboro Public Library - June 19th, 2014.  Theme: Science Demonstrations and Experiments with David LaFazia. (Presenter)

Associations

Current Associations:
Energy Rangers, Delaware Technical Community College - Co-chair, Owens Campus
American Solar Energy Society - Professional Member
Technology Student Association - Event Proctor
Worcester Technical High School Energy Advisory Committee - Higher Education Representative
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee - Committee Member, Owens Campus (DTCC)
Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Epsilon Epsilon - Advisor, Owens Campus (DTCC)Delaware Odyssey of the Mind - Technical Advisor, Sussex Academy of Arts & Science

Past Associations:
Delaware Science Olympiad - Proctor and Board Member
National Science Olympiad - Proctor
National Education Association - Member
Delaware State Educator's Association - Member
Cape Henlopen Educator's Association - Member
American Association of Physics Teachers - Member
Society of Physics Students - Officer


References

Bobbi Barends, Ph.D., Dean of Instruction
Delaware Technical Community College
E-mail: bbarends@dtcc.edu
Phone: 302.259.6030

Michael H. Buoni, Ed.D., Biology Instructor
Department of Science, Delaware Technical Community College
E-mail: michael.buoni@dtcc.edu
Phone: 302.259.6539

Zoubeida R. Dagher, Ph.D., Professor
School of Education, University of Delaware
E-mail: zoubeida@udel.edu
Phone: 302.831.1667

Kathy Vezmar, Ed.D., Department Chairperson, Collegewide Assessment Coordinator
Mathematics & Physics Department, Delaware Technical Community College
E-mail: kvezmar@dtcc.edu
Phone: 302.259.6595

Cory Budischak, Ph.D., Instructor
Energy Management Department, Delaware Technical Community College
E-mail: cbudisch@dtcc.edu
Phone: 302.453.3099

David Pedersen, A.I.A., Department Chairperson
Engineering Technologies Department, Delaware Technical Community College
E-mail: david.pedersen@dtcc.edu
Phone: 302.259.6546

Long term Aspirations

  • To participate in EDUCAUSE Annual Conferences when possible - potentially as an eventual presenter.
  • To become a regular contributor to Education and Science Education scholarly journals
  • To create lasting and effective research partnerships with colleagues interested in further clarifying the dynamic topography of Education and Science Education
  • To participate in National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) conferences and initiatives
  • To increase my familiarity with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE+TEAC) processes
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