School of Education

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Michael J. Padilla

Secondary Education

Office:
Phone: 864-656-5116
Email: padilla@clemson.edu
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Educational Background

PhD Science Education
Michigan State University 1975

MEd Science Education
Wayne State University 1972

BS Biology
University of Detroit 1967

Profile

Michael J. Padilla is Director of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He was formerly a professor, associate dean and department chair of Science Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Padilla has taught science in the middle and secondary school, has expertise in middle grades teacher education and served as one of the writers of the U.S. National Science Education Standards, released in 1996. He has extensive leadership experience, having served as PI on three NSF and numerous US Department of Education grants for a total of over $35 million in funding. In recent years he has focused on the issue of English Language Learners through the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, which he directed. Dr. Padilla was recognized as the Aderhold Distinguished Professor in the UGA College of Education, received The Walter B. Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service at the University of Georgia, and was presented with the NSTA Distinguished Service award in 2003 and its Robert H. Carleton award for national leadership in 2012. He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest science teaching organization, in 2005-6.

Courses Taught

TTT 777 Math and Science Teaching Practicum: Classroom Management

Research Interests

Dr. Padilla served as principal investigator on three NSF and numerous U.S. Department of Education grants for a total of more than $32 million in funding. In recent years, he focused on English Language Learners through the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, which he directed at UGA.