Kevin Mason

Kevin Mason

PhD in Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education

Office: 224B Communication Technologies
Phone: 715/232-5609
Email: masonk@uwstout.edu

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction with a Minor in Chemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
September, 2001-May, 2009

Master of Education
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
June, 1996-May, 2001

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
June, 1994-May, 1996

Research Interests

Publications

Mason, K. (in press). The Making of a Teacher: What Teachers Really Think About Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Rodenberg, S., Kravik, R., Polk, J., Freit, B., Schauf, S., Brewer, B., & Mason, K. (2014). If you build it, will it fly? Science Scope.

Mason, K. (2013). Teacher involvement in pre-service teacher education. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 19(5).

Mason, K. & Klein, S. (2013). Land, sea,and sky: Mapmaking as reflection in pre-service teacher education, Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14(2).

Brewer J., Mason, K., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., & Redman J. (2012). Western Wisconsin STEM consortia: SySTEMically improving student academic achievement in mathematics and science. National Career Pathways Network Connections, 22(3).

Mason, K., Brewer, J., Redman, J., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., LeDocq, M., & Chapel, C. (2012). SySTEMically improving student academic achievement in mathematics and science. In J. Furst-Bowe, F. Padro, & C. Veenstra (Eds.), Advancing the STEM agenda: Quality improvement supports STEM (pp. 155-175). Milwaukee, WI: ASQ Quality Press.

Mason, K., Brewer, J., Redman, J., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., LeDocq, M., & Chapel, C. (2012). SySTEMically improving student academic achievement in mathematics and science. Journal for Quality and Participation, 35(2).

Mason, K., Brewer, J., Redman J., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., LeDocq, M & Chapel, C. (2012). SySTEMically improving student academic achievement in mathematics and science. Primary and Secondary Education Brief, 5(2).

Mason, K. & Dusek, W. (2012). Chemistry for career and technical education. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Mason, K. (2011). Western Wisconsin STEM consortia: Integrated curriculum projects. Retrieved from http://www.uwstout.edu/wwsc/index.cfm.

Mason, K., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., Brewer, J., Redman, J., LeDocq, M., & Chapel, C. (2011). SySTEMically improving student academic achievement in mathematics and science. Paper presented at the American Society for Quality STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.

James, K., D'Angelo, J., Carlson, K., Mason, K., & Sandstrom, W. (2009). The Invasive Plant Species Education Guide. Retrieved from http://www.uwstout.edu/faculty/jamesk/Invasive_Plant/Invasive_Plant.htm

Mason, K. (2009). Teacher Involvement in Teacher Education. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009). Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest LLC.

Mason, K. (2011). Western Wisconsin STEM Consortia: Integrated Curriculum Projects. Retrieved from http://www.uwstout.edu/wwsc/index.cfm.

Mason, K. (submitted paper). Teacher Involvement in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Teaching Education.

Mason, K., Bomar, C., Ghenciu, P., Brewer, J., Redman, J., LeDocq, M., & Chapel, C. (2011). SySTEMically Improving Student Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science. Paper presented at the American Society for Quality STEM Agenda Conference.

Mason, K., James, K., D’Angelo, J., & Carlson, K. (2010). The Invasive Plant Species (IPS) Education Guide: Lessons to Engage Students in Local Citizen Science Projects. The Science Teacher.

Stricker, D. R. & Mason, K. (submitted). Units in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Engaging Students in Inquiry and Project-based Learning. The Science Teacher.

Conference Presentations

Mason, K. & McAlister, B. (2014, April). Advancing Science Learning: Teaching Life Science Concepts Through Engineering Problems. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, Boston, MA.

Mason, K. (2014, March). Advancing Science Learning: Teaching Life Science Concepts Through Engineering Problems. International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Conference, Orlando, FL.

Mason, K., Bomar, C., Kramschuster, A., & Wallisch, A. (2014, March). Advancing Science Learning: Teaching Life Science Concepts Through Engineering Problems. Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) Conference, Appleton, WI.

Mason, K. (2013, August). The Pedagogical Practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. No Teacher Left Inside (NTLI) Conference, Poynette, WI.

Mason, K. & Stricker, D. (2013, April). Integrated STEM Projects: Teaching Technology and Engineering Concepts to Address the Next Generation Science Standards. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, San Antonio, TX. 

Stricker, D. & Mason, K. (2013, March). The Rural Integration of STEM Curriculum. International Technology and Engineering Association (ITEEA) Conference, Columbus, OH.

Mason, K., Layman, G., Wiesneski, K., & Johnson, B. (2012, March). Hydroponics: Using Project-Based Learning to Teach Plant Ecology. Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) Conference, Madison, WI.

Mason, K., Bomar, C., & Brewer, K. (2011, July). SySTEMically Improving Student Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science. American Society for Quality STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.

Mason, K. (2010, October). Preparing STEM Teaching Professionals. SySTEMnow Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Mason, K. & Johnson, B. (2009, September). Invasive Plant Species Curriculum Guide. Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators (WAEE) Conference, Eau Claire, WI.

Mason K. (2008, October). A Bachelor of Science in Technology and Science Education. Technology Education Conference, Menomonie, WI.

Mason, K. (2010, April). Invasive Plant Species Curriculum. Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) Conference, LaCrosse, WI.

Mason, K. (2010, October). Preparing STEM Teaching Professionals. SySTEMnow Conference, Milwaukee,WI.

Mason, K., Bomar, C., & Brewer, J. (2011, July). SySTEMically Improving Student Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science. American Society for Quality STEM Agenda Conference, Menomonie, WI.

Mason, K. & Johnson, B. (2009, September). Invasive Plant Species Curriculum. Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educators (WAEE) Conference, Eau Claire, WI.

Mason, K., Sandstrom W., & Johnson, B. (2009, October). Invasive Plant Species Curriculum. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Grant Funded Collaborations

Science Learning Community (SLC). Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title IIa Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Grant ($505,383). Co-principal investigator responsible for the professional development of 60 secondary teachers (grades 6-12) from ten school districts in CESA 11 to teach science concepts through engineering problems using science notebooks (2014-2017).

Advancing Science Learning (ASL). Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title IIa Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Grant ($116,403). Planned and implemented professional development for 60 elementary teachers (K-5) from ten school districts in CESA 11 to teach science concepts through engineering problems using science notebooks (2013-2016).

Science Literacy - Literacy in Science. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title IIa Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Grant ($337,566). Planned and implemented professional development for 20 K-8 teachers from three school districts on the integration of science and literacy (2013-2016). 

Using Professional Learning Communities to Increase Teacher Effectiveness and the Academic Achievement for all Students. Wisconsin State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Mini-Grant ($10,000). Formed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) to improve the ability of pre-service and in-service teachers to use data to develop math and reading interventions (2013-2016). 

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title IIa Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality Grant ($122,677). Planned and implemented professional development for 30 secondary teachers (grades 6-12) to teach the content and pedagogy of the Next Generation Science Standards (2014-2015).

Research Equipment for the School of Education. College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Research Equipment Grant ($13,759). Purchased i-pads for the purpose of video recording learning segments and data collection related to the implementation of the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) in the School of Education (2013).

Professional Development and Dissemination of Research. University of Wisconsin-Stout Professional Development Grant ($6,171). Presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference and International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Conference (2012-2013). 

Professional Development of Faculty and Staff. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Institute of Higher Education (IHE) Grant ($9,952). Planned and implemented the professional development of faculty and staff in the School of Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout on Response to Intervention (2012-2013).

Microteaching Assessments for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI) Grant ($25,000). Adapted, implemented, and collected data on the use of the Student Teacher Assessment of Content Knowledge (STACK) observation instrument to evaluate science and technology education microteaching experiences (2011-2012).

Western Wisconsin STEM Consortium: SySTEMically Improving Student Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title IIb Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant ($903,426). Planned and implemented professional development for 60 K-12 teachers from nine school districts in math and science (2009-2012).

Wisconsin Grassroots Teacher Quality Assessment. Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) from the University of Wisconsin System Teacher Quality Initiative Grant ($35,000). Designed and implemented the Student Teacher Assessment of Conent Knowledge (STACK) instrument to observe and evaluate student teacher performance (2008-2011).

Lab Modernization in Science Education. University of Wisconsin System Lab Modernization Grant ($13,234). Purchased four mobile lab stations with scientific equipment and supplies in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science, as well as a SMART Board, for the science education classroom (2009).

Invasive Plant Species Curriculum Guide. Wisconsin Environmental Educators Board (WEEB) Grant ($18,013). Co-authored and disseminated the Invasive Plant Species Curriculum Guide (2008-2009).

Astrocompass Science Initiative. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title IIa Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality (WITQ) Grant ($26,000). Reviewed Astrocompass Science Initiative curriculum for the professional development of elementary teachers in astronomy (2008-2009).

Microteaching Assessments for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. Adapted and implemented the Student Teacher Assessment of Content Knowledge (STACK) instrument to assess science and technology education microteaching in a methods course. University of Wisconsin System Administration (UWSA) Teacher Quality Initiative (TQI) Grant (2011-2012).

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference and the International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) National Conference. University of Wisconsin-Stout Professional Development Grant (2011-2012).

Western Wisconsin STEM Consortium: SySTEMically Improving Student Academic Achievement in Mathematics and Science. Designed and instructed professional development. Math and Science Partnership Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (2009-present).

Wisconsin Grassroots Teacher Quality Assessment. Designed and implemented the Student Teacher Assessment of Content Knowledge (STACK) instrument. Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) Grant and UW System Teacher Quality Initiative Grant (2008-2011).

Invasive Plant Species Curriculum Guide. Authored, piloted, and disseminated curriculum on invasive plant species. Wisconsin Environmental Educators Board (WEEB) Grant (2008-2009).

Astrocompass Project. Reviewed Astrocompass Curriculum for a Professional Development for Elementary Teachers. National Science Foundation Grant (2008-2009).

Courses Taught

Pre-Student Teaching, UW-Stout (2011-present)

Introduction to Mathematics and Science Education, UW-Stout (2010-present)

Laboratory and Classroom Management, UW-Stout (2009-present)

Capstone: Mathematics and Science Education, UW-Stout (2008-present)

Foundations in Education, UW-Stout (2009-2010)

Science Education Curriculum and Assessment, UW-Stout (2008)

Science Education Methods, UW-Stout (2007)

Introduction to Science Education, UW-Stout (2006-2007)

Online General Chemistry, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (2006-2011)

General Physics, Middleton High School (2002-2003)

Chemistry in the Community (ChemCom), Middleton High School (2001-2002)

Chemistry, Middleton High School (2001-2003)

General Physics, Chippewa Falls High School (1998-2001)

Principles of Technology, Chippewa Falls High School (1997-1998)

Chem Study, Chippewa Falls High School (1997-2001)

Experience

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

Assistant Professor in the School of Education
Program Director of Science Education
August, 2006-present

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Rice Lake, WI

Online Chemistry Instructor
June, 2006-2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

University Supervisor of Student Teachers (one year)
August, 2003-May, 2004

Middleton High School, Middleton, WI

Chemistry and Physics Teacher (two years)
Head Boys Track and Field Coach (three years)
Head Boys and Girls Cross-Country Coach (three years)
August, 2001-June, 2004

Chippewa Falls High School, Chippewa Falls, WI

Chemistry and Physics Teacher (four years)
Head Boys and Girls Cross-Country Coach (three years)
Assistant Boys and Girls Cross-Country Coach (one year)
Assistant Boys and Girls Track and Field Coach (four years)
Adviser of Cross-Country Ski Club (four years)
August, 1997-June, 2001

About Kevin

Dr. Kevin Mason is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He previously held positions as a chemistry and physics teacher at Chippewa Falls High School and Middleton High School. After teaching at Chippewa Falls High School for four years, Kevin married his wife, Emily, and moved to Madison where he taught at Middleton High School for two years. During his six years as a high school science teacher, Kevin also enjoyed coaching cross-country and track and field at both the middle school and high school levels.

While teaching at Middleton High School and living in Madison, Kevin enrolled in the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Chemistry. In 2003, Kevin decided to step away from high school teaching and pursue his doctorate degree full-time. As a graduate student, he also supervised student teachers in science education at UW-Madison. In 2006, Kevin began teaching at UW-Stout and was named Program Director for Science Education. Kevin lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, with his wife Emily and four children--Haley, Esubalew, Solomon, and Gubgnit.