Pamela Joslyn, entering her 29th year of teaching, is a science educator in the Muscatine Community School District. She has taught physics, chemistry, earth science, physical science, and biology. Currently, Pamela is piloting a community-school partnership program to reduce organic waste through a collaboration with the City of Muscatine.
Selected as a recipient of the Catherine Miller Explorer Award from the Stanley Foundation, Pamela toured Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. She also provided outreach opportunities to her local community connecting cultures, wildlife, and geology. Pamela has developed various engineering activities including a security system with lasers and photoreceptors, cardboard boat regattas, designing cell phone cases, and car crash tests. During the spring semester of 2020, Pamela researched how the design process in science and engineering practices and problem-based learning is taught in STEM and/or science classrooms in the Helsinki area. Pam collaborated with the University of Helsinki in Finland through the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.
Pamela received her B.S. degree in genetics from Iowa State University and an M.S. degree in science education from Montana State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in STEM education with a focus on socioscientific issues at Drake University.