Sahar Alameh, Ph.D.
Dr. Alameh joined the faculty in 2020 as an Assistant Professor of STEM Education with a focus on science education. She began her career as a high school science teacher where she taught physics and chemistry for seven years before completing her Ph.D at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having witnessed firsthand the difficulties teachers face when teaching science for understanding, her research focuses on improving students’ explanations and understanding of scientific phenomena. She develops philosophically-supported models of scientific explanation, which allow the meaningful assessment of student explanations, and the provision of specific feedback to enable students to reflect on and improve these explanations.
Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Dr. Alameh is actively involved in research and outreach activities. She has been an editorial associate at the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Through overseeing the journal’s Doctoral Student Mentored Review Initiative, Dr. Alameh has supervised over 18 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in science education from universities around the world.