James Barufaldi


James Barufaldi


James P. Barufaldi, Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor in Education and director of the Center for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education at The University of Texas at Austin, earned a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, Marietta College (Ohio), a master's degree in biology and education, Kent State University (Ohio), and a Ph. D. degree in science education, the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He has directed numerous federally funded projects such as the U. S. Department of Education Project-General Science Content and Inquiry Skills Improvement Program, the Title II funded Coordinated Thematic Science Inservice Program, the Science Content Improvement Program, and the Texas Elementary Science Inservice Program. Barufaldi currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, Principal Investigator for the NSF funded projects, Instrument Development for Exploring Professional Growth Continuum, and the Building BaseLine Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills for Science. He served as co-director of the UTeach Secondary Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program and has supervised more than 60 dissertations and theses in science education. Currently he serves as Chair of the Master Teachers Resource Council, the Barbara Jordan Master Teacher Fellow Program, Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation. In 2003, Barufaldi was selected as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. He was named a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, 2002, for "dedication to the teaching profession" as well as "outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement”. He also received the 2002 Outstanding Scholar in Education Award presented by the Alumni Association, College of Education, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as chair of Section Q, Education. Barufaldi was named the 1988 Outstanding Science Educator of the Year, by the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS) for his dedication to teaching and his exemplary work in science curriculum development and research, and for his leadership in the education community. Barufaldi received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Marietta College and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in the College of Education at The University of Texas. He was also a recipient of the YWCA Mentors and Allies Award in recognition of extraordinary support of Women, Austin, Texas, and received the Outstanding Service Award of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT). He received the Honorary Membership Award, the highest honor given by STAT and was awarded the Rebecca Sparks Elementary Science Award by the Texas Council of Elementary Science. Barufaldi served on the boards of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the National Science Teachers Association. He also served as president of NARST, AETS and the Texas Association of Biology Teachers. Barufaldi has served as a consultant for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and writer for BSCS programs such as the Elementary School Sciences Program and the Me in the Future Program. He served on the BSCS advisory board for Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology, and Health. He was also a major writer for the NSF funded high school biology program, Biology: A Community Context. Barufaldi authored or co-authored more than 60 articles, books, chapters, and book reviews and has presented more than 300 workshops, papers, and seminars throughout the U. S., and in countries such as Portugal, Russia, Japan, Israel, Bermuda, Iran, Barbados, Bahamas, South Africa, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, China, Belize, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Korea, Panama, Honduras, Taiwan, Guatemala, Israel, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, England, and Trinidad. He served as editors of monographs and yearbooks published by AETS and the School Science and Mathematics Association. He served as senior author of Science, an elementary school textbook series published by D. C. Heath & Co. and Teaching Elementary School Science: A Perspective for Teachers published by Longman, Inc. Barufaldi's special areas of interests include curriculum design, instructional strategies, implementation, evaluation, elementary science education, and STEM professional development. He is currently investigating the process of building successful collaboratives in the STEM education community and variables, which may contribute to high intensity, sustained collaboration.


The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

What draws you to the STIA conference?

The quality of the program.

What are you hoping to experience?

Increase my knowledge of system's thinking (ST) and ways I can implement the "essence" of ST among colleagues and programs.

What are you most passionate about?

Improving the quality of STEM education within the system.