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Timothy D McCollum

Office: 2212 - Buzzard Hall
Phone: 217-581-5728 (message only)

Timothy McCollum's Vita

Office Hours - Spring 2016:
M 11-11:45 am, TR 9:15-11 am or by appointment

Frequently Taught Courses

MLE 3110 Instruction and Curriculum in the Middle Level
MLE 40001 Practicum in the Middle Level
ELE 3100 Instructional Strategies for the Elementary Classroom (Practicum)
ELE 3290 Science in the Elementary/Middle Level School
EDU 2022 Teaching and Learning with Technology in Classrooms


Eastern Illinois University             Education       B.S. 1973
Eastern Illinois University             Zoology          M.S. 1977

Professional Organizations

EIU Panther Club Executive Board, 2015 - present

Eastern Illinois University Presidential Search Committee, 2014

NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher, 2014

University Foundation Board of Directors, Eastern IL University, 2012 - present

NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence - National Selection Committee, 2011, 2012

Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching - National Selection Committee, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Golden Apple Committee, 2011 - 2012

Philanthropy Board - College of Education and Professional Studies, Eastern IL University, 2011 - present

Elementary and Middle Grade Advisory Group, Illinois State Board of Education, 2011

Educator Advisory Council, Advance Illinois, 2009 – 2013

Co-Investigator, Project Expedition Earth and Beyond, NASA Johnson Space Center, 2008 – present

Team Member, History of Winter Program, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, 2008 - 2011

Lead Teacher, Polar Palooza National Museum Tour, Passport to Knowledge, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles Productions, 2007 – 2009

P-12 Advisory Committee, College of Education and Professional Studies, Eastern Illinois University, 2007-present

National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics , 2006 - 2007

Toyota TAPESTRY Ambassador,2005 – 2007

Key Leader and Point of Contact, Building a Presence for Science, National Science Teachers Association, 2001 – 2011

Educational Reviewer, Argonne National Laboratory, Decision and Information Sciences Division, 1999 – 2003

Faculty and Site Coordinator, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy - Summer AD’Ventures Program at Eastern Illinois University, 1992 – 2002

Science Instructor, Charleston Middle School, Charleston, IL, 1973 – 2011(retired)

National Science Teachers Association - current

Illinois Science Teachers Association - current

Alumni Association, Eastern IL University - current

Speakers Bureau

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Director, Golden Apple Summer Institute, Eastern Illinois University, 2013 - present

Co-Investigator, co-author, wiki coordinator, and webinar facilitator for project Expedition Earth and Beyond - NASA Johnson Space Center, 2008 - present

Selected Publications

Expedition Earth and Beyond - Student Scientist Guidebook , co-author, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center (, 2012

Testimony to the National Science Board Hearing on K-16 STEM Education, Spectrum, Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, p. 17, Spring 2006, Vol. 32, No. 1
AVC Helps Teachers View the Atmosphere and Play in the Sand, Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, co-author, p. 18, Volume 5, Number  3, January/February 2003
The Atmospheric Visualization Collection, National Science Digital Library, Contributing writer for lesson plans, 2003

Effective Use of Image Processing Software with Middle School Students, Smithsonian Research and Diffusion Network, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, p. 53-59, August 2002
Passport to the Solar System, Implementation Guide, Passport to Knowledge, Contributing writer, October 2000
Real Science...Real Scientists...Real Time, The IAECT Journal, Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Volume 5, 2000

Live From the Storm, Passport to Knowledge Teachers Guide, Contributing writer, February 2000
Live From the Sun, Passport to Knowledge Teachers Guide, Contributing writer, March 1999 
Live From the Rainforest, Passport to Knowledge Teachers Guide, Contributing writer, April 1998
Send Your Students to Mars ... and Beyond, ISTA Spectrum, Winter Issue, Co-Author, 1996/97

Selected Conference Presentations

National Science Teachers Association - National Convention, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Keynote Address – STEM Education Research Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, 2011

University Commencement Address – College of Education and Professional Studies, Eastern Illinois University, 2010

Polar Palooza National Museum Tour – Teacher Workshops, 2007-2009

Testimony to the National Science Board Hearing on 21stCentury K-16 STEM Education, 2006

NASA Marsapalooza National Tour – Teacher Workshop, 2005

National Science Digital Library Workshop, 2004

Illinois Science and Technology Conference, 2003

American Meteorological Society National Convention, 2003

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, 2000

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, 1997

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1997

NASA Headquarters, 1996

Funding & Grants

Toyota TAPESTRY Mini Grant, 2006

Toyota TAPESTRY Large Grant, 2004

PT3 Technology Grant, 2001, 2002

Charleston Excellence in Education Foundation Grant, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009

Illinois State Board of Education Science Literacy Grant 1989

Charleston Council of Business and Industry for Better Education, 1985, 1986, 1987


Distinguished Educator Award – Eastern Illinois University, 2012

National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009

Golden Apple Central Illinois Academy Inaugural Class, 2008

Sigma Xi, Eastern IL University Chapter - Outstanding Science Teacher, 2008

Jefferson Award for Community and Public Service, 2006

ExxonMobil Outstanding Teaching Award, 2006

Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2003

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1990, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Award of Excellence, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2005

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