Brian McAlister

Director, Ph.D.
School of Education

Office: 267 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715/232-1168


University of Illinois Champaign, IL 1987-1992 Ph.D. in Education

Western Illinois University Macomb, IL 1984-1986 MS in Industrial Technology

Western Illinois University Macomb, IL 1977-1982 BS in Industrial Education

Courses Taught

Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management

Mindfulness for Educators

Exploring Technology

Introduction to Curriculum, Methods and Assessment in Technology Education

Advanced Curriculum Methods and Assessment in Technology Education

Lab/Classroom Management for Technology Education

Student Teaching in Technology Education

Selected Presentations 

  • A Mindful Approach to Self-care for Educators.
    • 37th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference, Menomonie, WI 
    • With Ann Brand
    • April, 2015
  • Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: A Community of Practice.
    • 2015 OPID Spring Conference, Green Lake, WI
    • With Ann Brand, Bob Salt, Michelle Hamilton and Jennifer Reinke
    • April, 2015
  • Advancing Science Learning: Teaching Elementary Science Through Engineering Problems
    • National Science Teachers Association Conference, Boston, MA
    • With Kevin Mason
    • April, 2014
  • Mindful Practices for Teachers: Supporting a Commitment to Education
    • Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Spring Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI
    • With Ann Brand
    • March, 2014
  • Engaging Stakeholders When Building Capacity to Implement edTPA.
    • Evidence of Learning and Practice: Teacher Performance Assessment By the Profession, For the Profession 2013 National edTPA Implementation Conference, San Diego, CA
    • With Tammy Weiss
    • November, 2013

Selected Publications

  • The Potential for a Strategic Alliance: An Analysis of 5 Conferences and their Programs
    • Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference: The Proceedings of the 100th Meeting
    • 2013
  • Teaching Social/Cultural Impacts in Technology Education
    • Essential Topics for Technology Educators: 58th Yearbook of the Council on Technology Teacher Education
    • 2009
  • Engineering Content and the Technology Education Curriculum
    • Engineering and Technology Education
    • With M. Hacker and S. Tiala
    • 2008
  • Review of the Book The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put our Children's Education at Risk.
    • Journal of Industrial Teacher Education
    • 2001
  • Using Authentic Assessment in Vocational Education
    • ERIC Monograph Information Series 381
    • With R. Custer, J. Schell, J. Scott & M. Hoepfl
    • 2000
  • Review of the Book Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
    • Journal of Industrial Teacher Education
    • 1997
  • Accessing Resources over the Internet
    • The Technology Teacher
    • 1994