Department of Teaching & Learning
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
6401 Airline Rd
Dr. Jeanna R. Wieselmann is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education Foundations, B.A. in Child Psychology, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of Minnesota. She was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Dr. Wieselmann’s research focuses on integrated STEM education at the PreK-12 levels, including curriculum development, instructional strategies, and support for teachers implementing integrated STEM curricula. Prior to pursuing her graduate degrees, Dr. Wieselmann taught elementary STEM in both formal and informal contexts, and her research continues to maintain a focus on both in-school and out-of-school STEM learning opportunities. She is particularly interested in equity in relation to STEM and maintaining diverse students’ STEM interest and engagement as they progress through elementary and middle school. Dr. Wieselmann is currently conducting research on students’ small group interactions during integrated STEM activities, exploring patterns of participation and how these patterns may vary based on students’ gender, race, ethnicity, first language, and special education needs.
Dr. Wieselmann also conducts research on the development of STEM-focused schools and is involved in the design of the West Dallas STEM School, a collaborative project between SMU, Dallas ISD, Toyota, and the West Dallas community. She serves on the Instructional Innovation and Equity Design Team as well as the Research and Evaluation Design Team for this school, and she is leading the pilots of integrated STEM curriculum units with teachers and students in West Dallas.
Dr. Wieselmann teaches courses for pre-service and in-service science and STEM teachers and is active in the science education research community through service on committees of international organizations and on numerous editorial review boards for scholarly journals.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Ellis, J. A., Wieselmann, J. R., Sivaraj, R., Roehrig, G. H., Dare, E. A., & Ring-Whalen, E. A. (in press). Toward a productive definition of technology in science and STEM education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education.
Sivaraj, R., Ellis, J. A., Wieselmann, J. R., Roehrig, G. H., Dare, E. A., & Ring-Whalen, E. A. (in press). Computational participation and the learner-technology pairing in K-12 STEM education. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies.
Ellingson, C. L., Wieselmann, J. R., & Leammukda, F. D. (in press). Critical response protocol: Supporting pre-service teachers in scaffolding meaning-making during whole-class discussions. Innovations in Science Teacher Education.
Wieselmann, J. R., Keratithamkul, K., Dare, E. A., Ring-Whalen, E. A., & Roehrig, G. H. (2020). Discourse analysis in integrated STEM activities: Methods for exploring power and positioning in small group interactions. Research in Science Education.