José-Ignacio Pareja, Ph.D.
Director of science and technology commons; science technology learning specialist
Program: Art, Nature and Conservation applied minor
Science and Technology Commons
Location: 201 Center for Science and Technology
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374
I have a background in science education, biotechnology, ecology, environmental quality assessment and, most recently, nutrition science. I am a guest member of the Department of Biology and like engaging students in science, GIS, scientific literacy, technology literacy and really enjoy leading off-campus programs. I have strong interests in health sciences, environmental science and conservation. I like to engage students in thinking about applied sciences across disciplines and enjoy engaging students in hands-on, experiential learning trying to solve real-world problems. I am also the library liaison to the sciences and director of the Science and Technology Commons.
- Ph.D., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Teaching & Learning Processes/Science Education)
- M.S., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Biology – Ecology)
- M.Ed., University of Missouri, St. Louis (Secondary Education – Curriculum & Instruction/Education Technology)
- P.G.C, University of Missouri, St. Louis (Tropical Biology & Conservation)
- P.G.C, Universidad Nacional Agraria; Lima, Perú (Environmental Quality Assessment)
- B.S., Universidad Nacional Agraria; Lima, Perú (Biology – Biotechnology)
I enjoy working at the intersection of teaching and learning sciences. I have a special interest in the convergence of fields of science, science education, brain-based science, cognitive psychology and field-based experiences as tools and catalysts to advance and understand teaching and learning in diverse contexts.
I have led and co-led students and faculty in a variety of off campus programs and initiatives.
- Borneo (Tropical Ecology, Primate Conservation and People)
- Bahamas (Iguana Research and Conservation in Allen Cays)
- Costa Rica/Nicaragua (Global Health, Culture and Service Learning)
- Italy (Borders, Adventure, People and Cultures)
- New Zealand (Environmental and Sustainability Interdisciplinary off-campus program)
- Peru (Global Health, Culture and Service Learning)
- Uintas Mountains (United States) Field-based and experiential learning
- Camino de Santiago (Spain) Trans-disciplinary learning across the curriculum
I also have experience teaching field courses in: Mongolia, Kenya, Belize, Costa Rica, Baja, and Peru.