Anne Pfitzner Gatling

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Science Education

Additional Titles

  • Director, Undergraduate Education Program
  • Co-director, STEM Education Program

Administrative Support

  • Early Childhood and Elementary Science Education
  • English Second Language Learners and Science
  • Environmental Science Education
  • STEM Education

My experience in the field of education began as an elementary teacher, then as an education fellow for teacher quality with U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and, more recently, as an educator for both pre-service and in-service teachers. I value the opportunity to engage with pre-service teachers and am passionate about working with them as they develop the knowledge and skills necessary to reach each student in our classrooms today.

My interest in educational research allows me to continue to investigate ways to improve pre-service elementary teacher preparation in three ways: self-efficacy toward science; content knowledge and pedagogical skill in improving linguistically; and culturally diverse student learning.

In addition to my classroom work, I have served as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Technology Committee, and as co-director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math elementary education degree program.

  • Ph.D. Science Education Boston College
  • Ed.M. Education Teacher Leadership Harvard University
  • B.S. Education McKendree College
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teacher Self-Efficacy in Teaching Science
  • Teacher Self-Efficacy in Teaching Science to English Second Language Students
  • (ED 5300G) Early Childhood STEAM
  • (EDU 3360) Teacher Science, Health and Physical Education
  • (EDU 4340) Children’s Literature

Gatling, A. (2016). “Engineering Encounters: Engineering Adaptations.” In Froschauer, L. (Ed.), “Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom.” NSTA Press.

Gatling, A. (2016). “Technology’s Role in Supporting Elementary Pre-service Teachers as They Prepare and Teach Elementary Students in an Urban STEM Afterschool Club.” In Urban, M. & Falvo, D. (Ed.), “Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes Through Technological Integration.” IGI Global.

Gatling, A. & Houle Vaughn, M. (2015). “Engineering Encounters: Engineering Adaptations.” Science and Children, September, 74-79.

Houle Vaughn, M. & Gatling, A. (2013). “Seeing the Science: A Rubric Helps to Examine Written Science Observations of Second-Grade English Language Learners.” Science and Children, November, 64-69.

  • Provost Innovation Fund Faculty-Led Initiative Grant, Merrimack College, 2014.
  • Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, 2002-03.
  • Carnegie Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2001-03.
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, National Science Foundation, 1998.
  • Educator Research Grant, Earthwatch Institute, 1998.