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Wilson J. Gonzalez-Espada, Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph. D., Science Education, The University of Georgia, 2001. M.A., Science Education, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at San Germán, 1997. B.A., Secondary Education – Physics, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, 1993.
Physics education research,
science assessment, public perception of science, scientific literacy,
science communication, multicultural education.
Wilson J. González-Espada, originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico, is an
Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education at Morehead State
University. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics education
at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and his master’s degree
in science education at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in
the mentorship of Dr. J. Steve Oliver, Dr. González-Espada finished his
doctoral degree at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he
completed his dissertation on the contextual and culturally relevant
teaching of physics in Puerto Rico.
teaching experience includes two years as a high school physics and
math teacher, two years as a physics instructor at a two-year college,
and eleven years of teaching physics, physical science, and science
methods classes at the college level.
currently teaches inquiry physical science courses and science methods
for pre-service elementary teachers, and modern issues and problems in
the physical sciences at Morehead State University. His scholarly
interests include physics education, science assessment, the public
understanding of science, and multicultural education.
González-Espada has published more than thirty articles in regional,
national, and international peer-reviewed professional journals and has
contributed dozens of papers to science and science education
conferences. In addition, he prepares science radio segments for several
Puerto Rico radio stations and writes science articles for several
newspapers in the Island.