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Biography

Biography


Andrea C. (Burrows) Borowczak joined UCF in 2022 as Professor and Director of the School of Teacher Education (STE) in the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE). She leads multiple faculty in pursuing quality teaching and research at undergraduate and graduate levels, while also leading undergraduate students into the teaching profession and graduate students into research on teaching and learning. She was previously (2011-2022) a Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Education at the University of Wyoming (UWyo). Before beginning her work in higher education, she taught middle and high school STEM subjects for 12 years in Florida and Virginia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Secondary Science Education
  • Partnerships
  • Integrated STEM

Education

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction with a science specialization - University of Cincinnati, 2011
M.S., Science Education - Florida State University, 1994
B.S., Science Education/Biology - University of Central Florida, 1992

Research


Dr. (Burrows) Borowczak investigates science education, integrated STEM education, and partnerships. In these spaces, her research often focuses on areas of engineering education and computer science education. She works with K-12 pre-service as well as in-service teachers. Her main focus is on secondary STEM teachers and students; however, she routinely engages with K-12 student and teacher audiences. She creates and implements a variety of K-12 teacher professional developments (e.g., WRNA, WySLICE, GenCyber, Engineering is Elementary) and K-12 student camps (e.g., TACoS, GenCyber).

Research Interests

  • Science Education
  • Partnerships
  • Integrated STEM
  • Engineering Education
  • Computer Science Education

Research Centers/Institute/Lab Affiliations

She directed the UWyo SEED Lab in the College of Education for a decade.

Current Funded Projects

Dr. (Burrows) Borowczak has extensive grant experience with awarded grants of over 10 million dollars. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, Wyoming Department of Education, international industries, and local entities. For example:

Workshop: Human-Technology Interface Series – Pathways to Products (HTI Workshop), NSF ENG/IIP, (Aug 2021 – July 2022), $99,998 (#2140283)

GenCyber: Cyberstar Champions, (Summer/Fall 2022), K-12 STEM Teachers & Students, DOD – NSA/NSF, $174,998 (#H98230-21-1-0129)

Service

  • External Reviewer for multiple cases of tenure and promotion.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Science Teacher Education, Sept. 2020-present.
  • Associate Editor, Computers in Education (COED) Journal, June 2020-present.
  • Co-Editor of the Science Education Section for the Journal of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE; 2 terms) June 2016 – Dec. 2022.
  • NSF Grant Review Panel Member, Washington, D.C., 2016-present.
  • Guest Editor - Multiple journals and years.
  • Multiple elected and appointed international association positions, such as:
    • ASEE PCEE 6-year Elected Position (June 2019-2025), 2 years as elect, 2 years as chair, 2 years as past-chair.
    • ASTE 3 year Elected Position (Jan 2022-2025), 1 year as elect, 1 year as chair, 1 year as past chair.

Awards

  • 2021 - ASTE Award 1 – Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year
  • 2020 - MDPI ‘Editors’ Choice Articles’ Winner – Integrated STEM: Focus on Informal Education and Community Collaboration
  • 2020 - ASTE Award IV – Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers
  • 2019 - UWyo, College of Ed, Faculty Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship
  • 2019 - ASEE, One of four selected for ‘Best of Computers in Education’ paper session
  • 2019 - ASTE John C. Park National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Award
  • 2017 - Honored College of Education Faculty: Recognition at UW Fall Convocation
  • 2016- UWyo, College of Ed, Faculty Award for Outstanding Service to Ed Profession
  • 2015 - UWyo, College of Ed, Faculty Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship
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