Malcolm Butler, Ph.D.

Malcolm Butler, Ph.D.
Professor and Program Coordinator
School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Phone: 407-823-3272


Office: ED 122 U


Dr. Butler is a Professor and Coordinator of the Masters Programs in Secondary Science Education (MAT and MEd). His research interests include science for diverse populations, science teacher education (preservice and inservice) and physics education. He is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded research grant, Project SOSA (School Organization and Science Achievement ). He also serves as Co-Principal Investigator on several other grants, including PhysTEC (Physics Teacher Education Coalition) Comprehensive Site and The African Diaspora: Developing Black Scholars in Science Education for the 21st Century in the United States (A Symposium), Part II. Dr. Butler has secured over four million dollars in funding to support his research and professional development initiatives. He has presented his research findings and conducted workshops across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, The Philippines, Singapore, Cyprus, South Africa, and Botswana. Dr. Butler was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. He spent his childhood in south Louisiana with his eight siblings and loving mother, Adlean F. Butler, and father, the late Lee Butler, Jr. After earning a BS in Physics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, he began pursuit of a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, Butler became fascinated with the idea of "growing" more scientists, subsequently changing his degree plans, and ultimately earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education. Butler has taught and learned mathematics and science from elementary, middle and high school students. In addition, he has been affiliated with several institutions of higher education, including the College of William and Mary, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, the University of Georgia, and the University of South Florida. He has co-authored and co-edited three books and numerous book chapters and journal articles. His work can be found in respected journals such as The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, The Journal of Science Teacher Education, The International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, Science Activities, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Multicultural Education. Dr. Butler is also one of the authors of the K-5 science curriculum, National Geographic Science, “a research-based program that brings science learning to life through the lens of National Geographic.”

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