Ashland University Professor to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Worldwide Forum in Rome

Ashland University Professor to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Worldwide Forum in Rome

10/29/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Howard Walters, professor of education at Ashland University, will be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture to be held Dec. 4 and 5 in Rome, Italy. His topic will be “From Here to There and Back Again: Global identity and culture through the bars (and barriers) of the zoological park.”

An Ashland resident, Walters is the author or co-author of 36 scholarly, peer-reviewed research studies and 44 national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations. He has been first author and principal investigator of 65 federally funded research proposals over the last 17 years. His research focus has addressed the K-12 teacher education pipeline to include post-licensure continuing professional development, particularly in the arena of science and technology education, and informal education in zoos, aquariums, museums and science centers. He has authored one book on professional development for science teachers (2008).

Walters has served as internal or external evaluator for a series of regional and national science education and teacher education programs for agencies including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Ocean Partnership Program. These projects have included Operation Pathfinder, Global Environmental Education (NSF Teacher Enhancement projects), GLOBE (the NOAA funded components), and the southeastern regional National Sea Grant systemic initiative projects for marine invasive species for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas Sea Grant programs.

He also has served as the external evaluator for the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and its National Ocean Sciences Bowl since 1998, and a variety of other K-12 student and teacher education initiatives for National Geographic Education, the National Estuarine Research Reserves, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, and 14 of the country’s State Sea Grant College Programs. He served as the external evaluator for the projects which resulted in NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Standards working with National Geographic and not-for-profit The College of Exploration, and is currently external evaluator for NSF’s Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Great Lakes and Coastal Trends programs.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###