Dr. Lama Jaber
Dr. Lama Jaber joined Florida State University as an assistant professor of science education in the School of Teacher Education in August 2015. She also joined as core faculty in the FSU-Teach program where she teaches pre-service science and mathematics teachers.
Her research explores learners’ engagement in scientific inquiry in various contexts, focusing on learners’ feelings and emotions within that engagement. She uses discourse and interactional video analysis to develop case studies of students disciplinary engagement and persistence in science. Moreover, she is interested in the study and design of responsive teaching classrooms that promote students’ engagement and epistemic agency. To that end, she examines how pre-service and in-service teachers learn to become more responsive to students’ thinking and emotions in science.
Dr. Jaber’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, and International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, as well as in a book chapter on Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics published by Routledge. She has served as a reviewer for multiple journals including the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Science Education, Cognition & Instruction, Educational Researcher, and the Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research.
Dr. Jaber has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate education courses on topics related to the nature of disciplinary engagement in science, the epistemological foundations of education research, and knowing and learning in science and mathematics. She has also co-designed and co-taught a series of blended online professional development courses for middle school science teachers.
Prior to her appointment at FSU, Dr. Jaber trained as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Education at Tufts University where she earned her Ph.D. in science education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and a teaching diploma and a master’s degree in science education from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where she taught middle and high school science for three years.