South-West Region

William (Bill) McComas

University of Arkansas Curriculum and Instruction

Bio/Personal Statement

William F. McComas is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas following service as a secondary biology teacher in suburban Philadelphia and professorship at the University of Southern California. He is interested in the intersection of philosophy of science and science instruction, laboratory teaching, informal science learning, evolution education and science for gifted learners. McComas has given more than 100 keynote speeches in the U.S. and a dozen other countries and writes frequently on a variety of science education topics. His latest book is Nature of Science in Science Instruction: Rationales and Strategies (Springer, 2020) joins The Language of Science Education (Brill, 2014) and a pictorial account of The Scopes Monkey Trial (Acadia, 2016) co-written with Randy Moore. McComas has been the Editor of The American Biology Teacher for more than a decade. He has been honored by NABT, NSTA and ASTE for work in evolution education, research in biology teaching, innovations in college science teaching and mentorship. He is president-elect of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). McComas was a Fulbright Fellow at Dublin City University, Ireland, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Linnean Society (UK) and has been named a Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas. He is particularly proud of the many students whose dissertations he chaired, 15 of whom are now professors of science education.