Academic Title

Co-Program Director and Associate Professor, STEM Education, Associate Professor, Education

Research Interests
  • Equalizing access to STEM
  • Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School STEM Education
  • Preservice and Inservice Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
  • Environmental Science/Proactive Climate Change
Research Summary

My research focuses on making science accessible to all students. In support of this goal, my participatory action research focus is at the intersection of the scholarship of teaching and engagement.

  • Ph.D., Science Education & Educational Policy, Boston College Lynch School of Education
  • Ed.M., School and Teacher Leadership, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • B.S., Elementary Education, McKendree University
Areas of Expertise
  • STEM Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Student Misconceptions and Sense-making
  • Co-Director for Massachusetts Northeast STEM Network
  • Co-Direct Annual “Moon Over Merrimack” Massachusetts’ STEM Week Festival for local community each fall, 6 years.
  • 10 Years teaching elementary and middle schoolers in rural and suburban Alaska
Recent Publications

O’Brien, L.M., Ford-Connors, E., Gatling, A., Boyle, E., Copelas, K. and Langenfeld, M. (2023), Who Is Doing Science? Using Science Texts to Open Spaces that Expand the Voices and Perspectives in Elementary Classrooms. Read Teach.

Gatling, A. (2021) Wisdom Gained from a Tree Assignment, Post #4 Integrating Metacognition into Practice Across Campus, Guest Editor Series Edited by Dr. Sarah Benes. Improve with Metacognition.

Carlson, C. H., Gatling, A. P., & Donell, K. M. (2019, June). Board 20: Engagement in Practice: First-year Students as“Engineer for a Day” for Middle School Students. In 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

Carlson, C. H., Gatling, A. P., Adams, J. G., & Muller, J. F. (2017, June). ” Hiring Other Classes”: Working across Departmental Boundaries in Interdisciplinary Projects for Senior Engineers. In 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

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 preservice 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.

Honors and Awards
  • Father John J. McKniff, OSA Honor Society for Service (Merrimack College’s first Faculty Member to be awarded this distinguished honor)
  • Zampell Faculty Fellow
  • The Augustinian Teachers and Merrimack College Professional Learning Workshop, 2018
  • Albert Einstein Fellowship, Education Fellow US Senate, 2002-2003 Senator Lieberman’s Office
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), 1998