Michigan Science education

Joan Schumaker Chadde
Joan Schumaker Chadde

Joan Schumaker Chadde

K-12 Education & Outreach Program Coordinator

M.S., Water Resources,
University of Wyoming, 1984
B.S. Natural Resources,
University of Michigan, 1977

Office Location: 114-116 Great Lakes Research Center
Office Phone: 906.487.3341
FAX: 906.487.1620
Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

Resume for Joan Chadde


Professional Biography

Joan Schumaker Chadde has been the Education Program Coordinator for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Technological University since 1995, and is the Education Program Coordinator for the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education since 2001. The Western U.P. Center is a partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University, to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in the 19 school districts and communities of Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties. Joan designs and implements a variety of educational outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers.

Joan teaches ED 3510 & 3511 Communicating Science to guide MTU students in the development and presentation of lessons at the twenty family science nights conducted by the Center each year. Joan also conducts many professional development workshops and institutes for both in-service and pre-service teachers on a range of topics ranging from ecological monitoring, stream monitoring, ecology of the Great Lakes, and more.

Joan has a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan (1977) and an MS in
Water Resources from the University of Wyoming (1984). Her masters research on developing a regression model for estimating evapotranspiration rates for alfalfa hay crops in the high mountain meadows of Wyoming was supported by a graduate fellowship from the Wyoming State Legislature. Joan completed her secondary science teaching certification (major: biology; minor: general science) at Michigan Technological University (1998). Previously, Joan worked for 8 years as a water quality program specialist for the Montana Department of Natural Resources (1987-1995); and as an environmental educator at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, Yosemite Institute, Wyoming Outdoor Council, and at Innisfree at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore (1978-1987).

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Engineering Education (since 2009)
National Science Teachers Association
Michigan Science Teachers Association
Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators (Board 2006-12, 2009 president, 2010 Conference Chair)
North American Association of Environmental Education

Conference Presentations

International Association of Great Lakes Research (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Michigan Science Teachers Association (2003, 2005-10)
National Science Teachers Association (1999-2003, 06, 08, 09)
Midwest Environmental Education Conference (2007, 2009)
North American Association of Environmental Educators (2001, 2002, 2006)
National Association of Biology Teachers (2005)
Northern Michigan University Seaborg Center for Math & Science (1997-99, 2003, 2004)
Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association (2003)
State of the Lakes Conference on Lake Superior (2002)

2010 Michigan Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year
2010 Michigan Nature Association Volunteer of the Year
2010 Co-recipient of Copper Country Education Leadership Award with Ms. Shawn Oppliger, director, Western U.P. Center
for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
2010 Inducted into the Michigan Tech Academy of Educators
2006 Making Connections Award from Michigan Technological University.
2006 Excellence in Community Appearance Education from the Dunn Foundation
2006 Torch Lake Remediation Monitoring Program with U.S. EPA and five area high schools earned Michigan Association of
School Boards (MASB) Education Excellence Award
2005 Lake Superior Stewardship Youth Award from Lake Superior Binational Forum for outstanding contributions to
protecting and restoring Lake Superior basin natural resources.
2000 Honorable Mention for Family Science Night Program from Michigan Education Association’s “Showcasing Public
Schools’ Success”
2000 MASB Education Excellence Award for Family Science Night Program
2002 Conservation Education Award from Houghton-Keweenaw County Conservation District

Research/Outreach Areas of Interest

· Family forest, science & engineering events for elementary-age children and parents
· Environmental education
· Lake Superior stewardship

Courses Taught

ED 3510 & ED3511 Communicating Science
5-day K-12 Teacher Professional Development Summer Institutes:
ED 5640 Great Lakes Watershed Investigations ~ 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
ED 5630 Forest Ecology & Resources ~ 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
ED 5630 Future Fuels from Forests ~ 2008-2010
ED5641/FW5641 Global Change ~ 2005-2010
ED 5680 Great Lakes Maritime Transportation ~ 2006-2008, 2010

Current Projects
  • Family Engineering for Elementary-Age Children & Parents
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
    ($1.5 million, 2008-2011)
  • Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
    Sponsor: Copper Country ISD pass-through Great Lakes Fishery Trust
    ($70,000, 2009-2011)
  • Great Lakes Maritime Transportation K-12 Education Program for Teachers, Students & Communities
    Sponsor: University of Wisconsin – Superior ad CFIRE at University of Wisconsin Madison
    ($30,000, 2010-11)
  • Environmental Education & Urban Teacher Initiative
    Sponsor: U.S. Forest Service
    ($15,000, 2010-2011)
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Teacher Workshop
    Sponsor: University of Michigan-Michigan Space Grant Consortium and Square One Education Network
    ($10,000, 2010)
  • Forest Resources & Environmental Science Teacher Institute
    Sponsor: SFRES & Michigan Forest Foundation
    ($5,000, 2011)
  • Various Sponsors: Teacher Workshops
    Sponsor: Northern Michigan University
    ($3000, 2010-2011)
  • Chadde, Joan. (2009). Walking Paths and Protected Areas of the Keweenaw. Michigan Nature Association.
  • Chadde, Joan, and Frank Lichtkoppler. The Great Lakes at a Crossroads: Preparing for a Changing Climate. (2008) International Association for Great Lakes Research.
  • Chadde, Joan. Stormwater Runoff: understanding ecological impacts of changing land uses. Green Teacher. Spring 2008. No.83. p. 9-13.
  • Chadde, Joan, and Frank Lichtkoppler. The Great Lakes at a Crossroads. (2007). International Assoc. for Great Lakes Research.
  • Chadde, Joan. (2006). Michigan Water Quality Unit (for middle school). Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Chadde, Joan, Linda Rulison, Jean Dunstan, and Ruth Ann Smith. (2004). Design Guideline to Enhance Community, Appearance and Protect Natural Resources 60 pages
  • Chadde, Joan, Linda Rulison, Jean Dunstan, and Ruth Ann Smith. (2004). Community As A Context for Learning (Lessons 10- 14). Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources
  • Chadde, Joan, Jenn Klipp and Andy Crouch. Looks Count for Communities. Science Scope (Vol.27 No.4, Jan. 2004). National Science Teachers Association
  • Schmidt, Pam and Joan Chadde. (2003). Snowy Entomology in Science & Children (Vol.41 No.3, Nov/Dec. 2003). National Science Teachers Association.


Joan Chadde, Education Program Coordinator
Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
114-116 Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI  49931-1295
Tel:  906-487-3341
Fax: 906-487-1620
Email:  Joan Chadde 

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