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About Amanda L. (Glaze) Townley

Amanda (Glaze) Townley specializes in evolution education research and development and population genetics, alternating her time between the classroom and the field as an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades & Secondary Science Education. Her research centers on the intersections of science and society, specifically the acceptance and rejection of evolution and the impact of the conflict between religion and evolution on science literacy. Her work has been featured on NPR's video/radio series Science Friday as well as on social media outlets such as the NCSE Science Education Blog, ErrantScience.com, and RealScientists.org. She served as a curator for RealScientists.org and @RealScientists on Twitter, @IAmSciComm, and a expert panelist for Science Friday's education focus #TeachTheE. Her publications and research can be accessed on ResearchGate or Academia online. She is a member and contributor to the blog of the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium.

Positions

2021 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Education, College of
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Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Middle Grades and Secondary Education, Department of
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2016 - 2021 Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae




Grants

2020 CoE Faculty Research Support Award
Georgia Southern University
2020 GSU Faculty Service Award
Georgia Southern University
2018 GSU Faculty Development Travel Award
Georgia Southern University
2017 CoE Faculty Research Support Award
Georgia Southern University
2016 GSU Faculty Development Travel Award
Georgia Southern University
2016 GSU Faculty Development of Instruction Award
Georgia Southern University
2016 Learning Evolution Through Human and Non-Human Case Studies. A level II Late Stage and Development grant
NSF-DRK12
Role: Co-PI
$1,082,238
2014 An apprenticeship model for Texas. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Teacher Residency Program (TRes)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Member, COE Elections, College of Education, GSU
2020 - 2022 Member, Faculty Executive Committee, College of Education, GSU
2020 - 2021 Member, COE Assessment & Accreditation, College of Education, GSU
2020 - 2021 Chair, Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Committee, College of Education, GSU
2019 - 2021 Member, Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Committee, College of Education, GSU
2017 - 2021 Member, Academic Assessment Steering Committee, GSU
2017 - 2021 Faculty Advisor, Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, GSU
2017 - 2021 Alternate Senator, Faculty Senate, GSU
2020 Search Committee Member, Search committee for Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading position
2019 - 2020 Committee Chair, Faculty Research Committee, GSU
2019 - 2020 Member, GSU Paid Residency Planning Committee, College of Education, GSU
2019 - 2020 Coordinator, Undergraduate Field Experience (I & II), Middle Grades & Secondary Education Department, GSU
2018 - 2020 Member, Faculty Research Committee
2017 - 2019 Member, Scholarship Review Committee, College of Education, GSU
2016 - 2019 Member, STEM Endorsement Development, Middle Grades & Secondary Education Department, GSU
2018 Chair, Key Assessment Subcommittee, Middle Grades & Secondary Education Department, GSU
2018 Search Committee Member, Search committee for Middle Grades and Secondary ISCI-Armstrong Campus position
2017 - 2018 Member, Technology & Instructional Resources Committee, College of Education, GSU
2017 - 2018 Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, GSU
2017 - 2018 Coordinator, Undergraduate Field Experience II, Middle Grades & Secondary Education Department, GSU
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Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Research Award, The University of Alabama (2012)
  • A.R.E. (Advisors Recognizing Excellence) Faculty Excellence Award, Southern New Hampshire University (2014)
  • First Place Paper - Science Education, Alabama Academy of Sciences (2014)
  • Top Ten, University-Wide Outstanding Dissertation Award, The University of Alabama (2015)
  • M. Ray Loree Most Outstanding Dissertation Award, The University of Alabama (2015)
  • Faculty Development Travel Award, Georgia Southern University (2016)
  • Faculty Development of Instruction Award, Georgia Southern University (2016)
  • Faculty Research Award, Georgia Southern University (2016)
  • Faculty Research Award, Georgia Southern University (2017)
  • Faculty Development Travel Award, Georgia Southern University (2018)
  • Evolution Education Award, National Association of Biology Teachers (2018)
  • Nominee Four-Year College & University Research Award-National Association of Biology Teachers (2019)
  • Nominated & Accepted for Full Membership-Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society (2019)
  • Fellowship-Sinai & Synapses (science and religion), The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (2020)
  • Jack Miller Scholarship Award, Georgia Southern University (2020)
  • Nominee Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, Penn University (2020)
  • Biology Education Research Award-National Association of Biology Teachers (2020)
  • Jack Miller Educator of the Year Award Nominee (2021)
  • Georgia Southern University Research Excellence Award Nominee (2021)
  • University of Alabama 40 Under 40 Nominee (2021)

Courses

  • ISCI 2001 Life & Earth Science
  • ISCI 2002 Physical Science
  • MGED 3232 Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle Grades
  • MGED 3712 Practicum II Science & Math
  • MGED 3722 Practicum III Science & Math
  • MGED 3731 Field Experience I Middle Grades
  • MGED 3732 Field Experience II Middle Grades
  • MGED 5799 Student Teaching
  • EDAT 7131 Enhancing Student Performance
  • ESED 7133 Trends, Issues & Research in Education
  • ESED 8130 Research on Current Trends and Issues
  • ESED 8131 Teacher Leadership
  • ESED 8132 Curriculum & Instruction
  • ESED 8839 Seminar & Field Study (Capstone)

Education

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2009 - 2013 Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama
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2008 - 2009 Ed.S. in Secondary Science Education, Jacksonville State University
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2005 - 2008 M.S.Ed in Secondary Science Education, Jacksonville State University
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2002 - 2004 B.S. in Criminal Justice/Political Science, Jacksonville State University
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Contact Information

Department of Middle Grades & Secondary Education
College of Education
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8134
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: w. (912) 478-8408

Email:



Guest Lectures In University Courses (9)

Invited Peer-Reviewed Publications (5)

Peer-Reviewed Publications (8)

Edited Books (1)

Invited Refereed Book Chapters (1)

Refereed Book Chapters (2)