PhD, George Mason University
Academic Program Co-Coordinator, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
Associate Director, Center for Social Equity Through Science Education
PhD in Education and Human Development
Phone: (703) 993-8136
Fax: (703) 993-9380
Email: nholinch (@gmu.edu)
George Mason University
Thompson Hall 2507
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr. Nancy Holincheck joined CEHD in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Education with the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program. She earned a PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction and an MS in Applied and Engineering Physics from George Mason University, as well as a B.S. in physics from The College of William and Mary. Dr. Holincheck teaches doctoral courses in education research, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Science Education, and master's level courses in science and STEM education, teacher research, and teacher reflection in the ASTL program and in the Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program.
Among Dr. Holincheck's research interests are teacher education, teacher research, inquiry instruction, physics education, problem solving, science teaching and learning, STEM teaching and learning, and problem-based learning. Dr. Holincheck serves as Evaluator on the U.S. Department of Education's Jacob K. Javits grant funded Project ExCEL, and Co-PI and Evaluator on the NSF funded Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Science with sInvestigator. Dr. Holincheck previously taught education policy at American University in Washington, D.C.. A National Board Certified Teacher since 2001, Holincheck began her teaching career as a high school physics teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia and previously taught at Hayfield Secondary and Chantilly High School.
Teacher education, teacher research, teachers' use of research, inquiry instruction, science education, gifted identification, and problem-based learning
Select publications & presentations:
Holincheck, N., Horak, A., & Nagy, S. (2017). Increasing Opportunity: Using PBL as a Universal Screening to Identify Potential Giftedness in Middle School, at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio.
Horak, A., Webb, K., & Holincheck, N. (2017). Empowering English Language Learners’ Academic Potential through Problem-based Learning: Leading Teachers with a Capacity-based Lens, at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio.
Fox, R., Dodman, S.L., Holincheck, N., & Webb, K. (2017). Perspectives on Culture: Teachers’ Development of Critical Reflective Capacity through the Cultural Inquiry Process, at the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio.
Boicu, M., Tecuci, G., Marcu, D., Trefil, J., & Holincheck, N. (2016, September). Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning of Science with Cognitive Assistants. In 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium Series.
Holincheck, N. (2016). A Whole New World of Identification: Using PBL as a Universal Screening to Close the Opportunity Gap, at National Association for Gifted Children, Orlando, FL.
Holincheck, N., Sell, C., Matson, K. & Williams, M. (2016). Why Are They Staying? Teacher Stayers’ Perceptions of Noncognitive Traits and Their Role in Teacher Retention, at the American Education Research Association, Washington, D.C.
- College of Education and Human Development
- Graduate School of Education
- Division of Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education
- Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
- PhD in Education and Human Development
- Center for Social Equity Through Science Education
- Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners
- Secondary Education 6-12
- Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology
- Research Methodology
Courses Taught This Semester
Other Courses Taught
- Research and Assessment in Elementary Education (EDCI 559)
- Research in Science Teaching (EDCI 663)
- Innovations in Science Teaching (EDCI 671)
- Research to Practice (EDCI 777)
- Problems and Methods in Education Research (EDRS 810)
- Teaching Elementary Science in International Schools (EDUC 514)
- Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science (EDUC 547)
- Inquiry into Practice (EDUC 612)
- How Students Learn (EDUC 613)
- Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (EDUC 614)
- Educational Change (EDUC 615)
- Curriculum Development across IB Programs (EDUC 622)
- Ways of Knowing (EDUC 800)
- The Study of Teaching (EDUC 850)
- Research on Teacher Education (EDUC 851)
- Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (EDUC 897)