Kathy Malone joined the Graduate School of Education after having served as an Assistant Professor in STEM Education at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. Immediately prior to OSU she worked as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at The National Science Foundation, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center under the guidance of Dr. Christian Schunn. Dr. Malone spent a number of years as a high school science teacher in Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University under the guidance of Dr. Ruth Chabay is an interdisciplinary degree focusing on the learning sciences. This suites her diverse science teaching background as she has taught physics, biology and chemistry in urban, rural and suburban contexts as well as in both private and public secondary schools in the USA.
Her research interests focus on reasoning and learning in science via modeling-based activities. In addition, she is interested in the benefits of including engineering design components in K12 classrooms. Kathy has been involved with Modeling Instruction pedagogy in science since 1995 as both a high school practitioner and an educational researcher. In addition, she is an active international workshop leader of this pedagogy in the subjects of physics and biology. She has been instrumental in the introduction of this pedagogy at the freshman high level in physics, in secondary biology and as a vertical integration theme in educational settings.