Molina Walters

7271 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Sta. Catalina Hall. room 351C
Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680
Clinical Assoc Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680

Biography

Molina Walters is a California native who joined the ASU Polytechnic education staff in August of 2004. She currently teaches elementary and secondary science method courses and environmental education courses. Walters is the program coordinator for the Environmental Education Program of Distinction Certificate and the developer of numerous science professional development opportunities. She is a Barrett Honors faculty mentoring honor students and overseeing their projects, and a Study Abroad program advisor leading a yearly study to Costa Rica focusing on Tropical Ecology, schooling and culture. Professor Walters also helps organize ASU Open Door activities and Engineering Day events in collaboration with Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. She supervises elementary and secondary students, runs Family Science/STEM Night events in East Valley schools, advises an educators Science Club and is an international consultant.

Professor Walters' main research interests are in the areas of STEM, problem-based learning & inquiry-based teaching, environmental education and best practices in professional development. She is the co-chair of the professional development and teaching group for the North America Association for Environmental Education. Professor Walters is the creator/lead teacher consultant for Teaching Inquiry-Based STEM Science, a professional development for educators. She has served as Project Learning Tree and Project Wild CDO-state coordinator, secretary for the Arizona Association for Environmental Education, and a BS council member on both the Audubon Education Committee and the AZventure Advisory Council for Arizona Foundation for Resources in Science Education. Professor Walters is collaborating with Salt River Project in identifying factors that contribute to best teaching practices for sustainable professor development. She works with a team to analyze survey responses from educators attending a four-day summer institute, Teaching Inquiry-Based STEM science. She is also researching the impacts of the Environmental Education Program of Distinction coursework on student awareness, attitudes, and actions.

Education

  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of the Pacific 2004
  • M.S. Counseling and Administrative Credential, Chapman University 1998

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • What are the factors that lead to best practices and sustainable professional development?
  • How does being involved in EE coursework impact students attitudes, awareness and actions?

Current Research Projects:

  • In collaboration with Salt River Project, Dr. Walters is interested in identifying factors that contribute to best teaching practices for sustainable professor development.  Dr. Walters works with a team to analyze survey responses from educators attending a four day summer institute, Teaching Inquiry Based STEM Science.  The follow up data concentrates on the implementation of institute learning outcomes and resources implemented within the school year. 
  • Dr. Walters is researching the impacts of the Environmental Education Program of Distinction coursework on student awareness, attitudes and actions.  The instructors of the EE courses are reviewing survey responses from students to identify these changes and the impacts of the EE coursework.

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 209Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 294Special Topics
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Environmental Education
SCN 309Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 494Special Topics
SCN 509Environmental Education Prjct
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 209Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 294Special Topics
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
SCN 303Environmental Ed Internship
EED 309Environmental Education Prjct
USL 410SrvcLrning:DiverseCommtyIssues
SCN 494Special Topics
SCN 509Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 598Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 209Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
SCN 307Lrnng frm Ntre: Biomcry & STEM
EED 309Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 509Environmental Education Prjct
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 411Science in Elementary Schools
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 209Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 304Sonoran Desert Flora: The Life
SCN 307Lrnng frm Ntre: Biomcry & STEM
EED 309Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LIA 194Special Topics
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
EED 309Environmental Education Prjct
SCN 411Science in Elementary Schools
SCN 494Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 294Special Topics
SCN 305Trpcl Ecosystems of Costa Rica
SCN 307Lrnng frm Ntre: Biomcry & STEM
SCN 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
SCN 303Environmental Ed Internship
SCN 307Lrnng frm Ntre: Biomcry & STEM
SCN 411Science in Elementary Schools
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
SCN 307Lrnng frm Ntre: Biomcry & STEM
EED 494Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 294Special Topics
SCN 494Special Topics
TEL 499Individualized Instruction
SED 520Sci Mthds Early Adolescence
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
SCN 411Science in Elementary Schools
EED 494Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 300Found. of Environ. Ed
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
SCN 302Outdoor Education
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
EED 494Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 294Special Topics
SCN 494Special Topics
TEL 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SCN 301Ecol & Nat Hist Sonoran Desert
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
SCN 494Special Topics
EED 494Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SED 111Exploration Science Teaching
SCN 302Outdoor Education
EED 411Science in Elementary Schools
EED 494Special Topics
SCN 494Special Topics