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William Sandoval

Head, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education


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William (Bill) Sandoval is a Professor and Head of the Department of STEM Education. Before arriving at NC State, he spent 25 years in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Sandoval is interested in how science education can be most useful to people in their everyday lives, especially in helping them make sound judgments about both private concerns and public policy. He conducts his research in collaboration with teachers and their students, and is particularly driven to improve science learning for historically underserved communities.

Dr. Sandoval has published widely in science education, the learning sciences, and educational psychology. He is most widely known for the process of conjecture mapping to organize educational design research. He has held a number of leadership roles in STEM education, serving as the President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. He has contributed to two consensus reports on STEM education for the National Academies, the most recent focused on elementary science and engineering education.


Ph.D Learning Sciences Northwestern University 1998

B.S. Computer Science University of New Mexico 1986


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  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Fellow, International Society for Design and Development in Education