Pamela Esprivalo Harrell

Professor, Teacher Education and Administration, Associate Dean for Administration
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Contact Info
Office: 
Matthews Hall 117-N
Phone: 
940-565-2322
Email: 
Pam.Harrell@unt.edu

A professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration where she has worked for the past ten years, Dr. Harrell currently teaches the following courses for the Secondary Education Program: The Multicultural Curriculum (EDSE 5005), and Instructional Strategies in Secondary Classrooms (EDSE 5003). Her research interests include the topics of science teacher quality and science teacher effectiveness. Specifically, her research explores teacher quality variables such as coursework, GPA, and age of coursework, teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and the impact of the teacher on student learning. As program administrator for the Secondary Online Teacher Certification program, she coordinates recruitment and advising for over 300 graduate students. In 2008 she was the UNT nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award, and she received the UNT Presidents Award for Teaching in 2009. In 2011 she received the UNT Teacher Scholar Award.


Selected Publications

Esprívalo Harrell, P. & Eddy, C.M. (2011). Examining mathematics teacher content knowledge using policy, state certification tests, and transcripts. Education Research and Perspectives, 38(1), 82-105.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2010). Teaching an integrated science curriculum: Linking teacher knowledge and teaching assignments. Issues in Teacher Education, 19 (1) 145-165.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2009). Teacher knowledge myths: An examination of the relationship between the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards and formal content area coursework, grade point average, and age of coursework. Educational Studies, 35 (1) 39-53.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. & Harris, M. (2009). An examination of teacher quality variables associated with passing state content tests. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 4 (2) 18-39.

Combes, B. Walker, M., Esprívalo Harrell, P., & Tyler-Wood, T. (2008). A presentation strategy for beginning presenters in inclusive environments. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41 (1), 42-47.

Esprívalo Harrell, P., Harris, M. (2006). Teacher preparation without boundaries: A two-year study of an online teacher certification program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4), 755-774.

Recent Conference Presentations

Harrell, P.E. (2011). Selecting curriculum and assessing learning outcomes. NCEI Effective Pathways to Teaching Conference. Washington DC.

Harrell, P.E. & Subramaniam, K. (2011). Using learning progressions to select curriculum and assess science learning outcomes. ASTE 2011 International Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Harrell, P.E. & Eddy, C.M. (2011). Outcomes of a five-year science and mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Wojnowski, D. & Harrell, P.E. (2010). Getting a bang out of STEM integration. NSTA 2010 National Conference on Science Education. Philadelphia, PA.

Harrell, P.E. & Wojnowski, D. (2010). Dragon genetics. NSTA 2010 National Conference on Science Education. Philadelphia, PA.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2009). Finding and keeping the best teachers: Recruitment, training, and evaluation of mathematics and science. National Association for Alternative Certification: Effective pathways to Teaching Conference. Washington DC.

Harrell, P. & Eddy, C. (2009). Expanding the pool to staff high-need schools with talented mathematics and science teachers: A two-year study of the UNT Science and mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2008). Investigating Dragon Genetics. National Association for Biology Teachers, Memphis, TN.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2008). Can we trust a highly qualified teacher? Examining the relationship of content preparation to state test results. National Center for Alternative Certification. Washington, DC.

Harrell. P. (2008). Robert Noyce scholarship program: Recruitment, training, and evalution of math and science teachers. School Science and Mathemtaics Association Conference. Raleigh, NC.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2007). Teacher knowledge myths: An examination of the relationship between the TExES Examinations of Educator Standards and formal coursework, grade point average and age of coursework. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Grants Awarded

NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Robert M. Noyce, the scientist credited with the invention of the integrated chip. This $750,000 NSF grant provides scholarships and stipends for talented science and mathematics majors and professionals interested in teaching. Research associated with this grant explores beginning teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and impact on student learning. Role: PI

XTreem Science Teacher Quality Grant ($1,176,649.00) provides professional development for Dallas ISD teachers assigned to 8th grade science, biology, algebra, and geometry classrooms. Role: CoPI

Teaching Eighth Grade Science is a Texas curriculum based on 8th grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency. Recently, Teaching Seventh Grade Science was added to this grant. The curriculum includes content background knowledge for the teacher, a discussion of common science misconceptions (including how to correct misconceptions), best practice instructional models targeting ESL and special education students, hands on learning experiences, and both traditional and authentic assessments. Role: Co-Developer

Current Service Activities in Professional Organizations

  • UNT Faculty Senate Secretary
  • Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator
  • Section Chair, Multicultural Affairs, National Association of Biology Teachers

Memberships

School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)