Faculty Profiles

Amy Larrison Gillan

Associate Professor Emerita


PhD, Purdue University
BS, MS, Indiana University

Research Interests 

  • ocean literacy education and landlocked classrooms
  • elementary education teacher candidates' science content knowledge confidence
  • climate science education

Professional Experience 

  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN, Lilly Teaching Fellow and visiting assistant professor
  • Thirty years as a public school secondary science teacher

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Gillan, A., T. Hebert. "Using the NSTA Learning Center to build content confident teacher candidates: Best practices."  National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
  • Gillan, A., T. Hebert.  "It’s a zoo out there! A school collaborates with community partners to support authentic inquiry." Science and Children, 51 (9) Arlington, VA, National Science Teachers Association (2014): 59 – 65.
  • Gillan, A., D. Smith.  "Leveraging the flipped classroom model to promote ocean literacy." The Journal of Marine Education, 29(1) College Park, MD, National Marine Educators Association (2014): 31-35.
  • Gillan, A., D. Smith. "Be a ‘flipper’ for ocean literacy." National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, April 11-14, 2013.
  • Gillan, A. "Aquaponics across the spectrum: A curriculum bridging science Education to STEM-based careers and eco-stewardship."  National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference, Newport, RI, June 29-July 2, 2015.
  • Gillan, A., T. Suico.  "Anything but standard: Using young adult literature and NGSS lessons to meet the CCSS." National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2015.

Professional Memberships 

National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (GLEAMS)