Dr. Howard Walters, Professor, 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).
Dr. 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 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.