Dr. Wm. Matthew Reynolds is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Science Education in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education within the College of Education at NC State. Currently, he is the Undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program Coordinator for Science Education.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Matt has always known his life’s calling was to be a teacher; in fact, he is a fourth-generation educator himself. After receiving his B.S.Ed. in Science Education (Biology Education) from the University of Georgia, he taught middle school science and high school biology for several years in Utah. While teaching in Utah, Matt earned his M.S. in Earth Science from the University of Utah. Hoping to one day expand his influence to classrooms beyond his own, he earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning in STEM from North Carolina State University. Now a teacher educator, he still strives to avoid merely lecturing on theory and best practices in education (e.g., inquiry-based teaching, social and emotional learning, instructional technologies, alternative assessment techniques, fostering an equitable and inclusive classroom environment, etc.) but instead model how to engage students in these practices using his own classroom.
Broadly, Dr. Reynolds’ research focuses on how teachers develop the knowledge and skills required for high-quality teaching, specifically pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and examines the relative importance of various sources of PCK development commonly found within teacher preparation programs, such as methods coursework, the student teaching experience, and teacher performance assessments (i.e., the edTPA). When he is not working in science education and teacher preparation, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, woodworking, restoring vintage cars, and fixing broken things.
Ph.D. Teaching and Learning in STEM North Carolina State University 2020
M.S. Earth Science University of Utah 2016
B.S.Ed. Science Education (Biology) University of Georgia 2013
- Examining the relationship between the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment and preservice teachers' pedagogical content knowledge , Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2021)
- Cross-national investigation of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in the US and South Korea: what proxy measures of teacher quality are related to PCK? , INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION (2020)
- Professor Soonhye Park and Assistant Teaching Professor Matt Reynolds To Provide Support for Rural STEM Teachers Through Work on $2.6M Grant-funded Project
- 3 College of Education Graduates Recognized with 2021 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Awards
- Undergraduate Students Receive Certification in Use of Digital Classroom Tools, Develop Greater Understanding of Classroom Technology with Help of Assistant Teaching Professor Matt Reynolds
- Matthew Reynolds: ‘I Believe Learning Comes from Experience and Reflection on that Experience’
- #WhyIChoseEducation: ‘I Believe in the Nobility of the Teaching Profession and that Quality Teachers Change Students’ Lives,’ Says Science Education Doctoral Student Matt Reynolds ‘20PHD