Department of Secondary and Middle School Education

Sondra Akins, Ed.D.


Office:   V4002
Phone:   973-720-2335
Office Hours:   Fall 2014 Thursday 2:30-4:00pm/Friday 2:00-3:30pm and by appointment

Department: Secondary and Middle School Education
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Science Education

Academic Degrees and Certifications
  • Ed.D. -Science Education, Teachers College of Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.Ed. Science Education, Teachers College of Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.S. Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLA
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • NJ Physical Science Teacher; NJ Mathematics Teacher; NJ Principal/Supervisor;
  • NJ School Administrator
Professional Experience
  • William Paterson University, Wayne NJ, 2001-present
    Assistant Professor of Science Education
  • Englewood Public Schools, Englewood, NJ 1983-2001
    Staff Developer, 1998-2001
    Interim High School Principal, 1997-98
    Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, 1988-95
    Teacher of Physical Science / Mathematics. 1983-88
  • Hewlett Packard Co., Waltham, MA 1981-83
    Industrial Hygienist
  • Lexington High School. Lexington, MA. 1980-81
    Physics Teacher
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. 1978-80
    Assistant Professor of Physical Sciences
  • Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FLA., 1974-77
    Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1976-77
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1974-76
  • St Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater, Fla. 1974-77
    Chemistry Instructor
  • Greco Junior High School, Tampa, FLA. 1970-71
    Physical Science Teacher
  • University of California, Berkeley California, 1967-68
    Laboratory Technician III
Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities
  • CIEE 3260 Learning and Assessment in Science (K-5)
  • CIMS 3350 Science Methods for 5-8
  • CIMS 5350 Science Methods /Assessments Tch 5-8
  • CISE 4170-Methods of Teaching Secondary Science
  • CISE 5350 Science Education in Secondary and Middle School
Other Collegiate Assignments
  • Student Advising
  • Student Teacher Supervision
Professional Affiliations and Activities
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
    National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA)
    Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
    Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    NJ Science Teachers Association
    NJ Science Education Leadership Association