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Heather Pacheco

Prepping our APAcT IGERT cohort for a great Spring 2013

About Me

I am currently working on a PhD in Science Education in the College of Education at Arizona State University. My B.S. is Geology and Geological Oceanography from Univ. of Rhode Island and my M.Ed is from Univ. of Massachusetts.

I came to Arizona from an Albert Einstein Distinguished Science Educator Fellowship appointment at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences where I worked primarily with the Geoscience Education (GeoEd) and Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) programs. A major focus of my fellowship aside from programmatic involvement was increasing awareness and developing resources for PIs seeking to engage in Broader Impacts associated with K-12 students, teachers and systems.

My primary area of research interest is in the development of a robust understanding of constraints and affordances associated with recruitment and retention of discipline-specific minorities into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Specifically, I am interested in applying social cognitive theory to better understand the role of assistive technologies during P-20 years in the recruitment and retention of individuals with disabilities who enter STEM fields.

My love of geology and the outdoors is well suited for Arizona living. I have been having a delightful time exploring the Sonoran Desert.