Mathematics and Teaching Institute
Natural and Health Sciences
First and foremost, Dr. Slykhuis is a family man who loves spending time with his wife, Julie, and his two daughters, Hollyn and Lillie Jo. His interests include technology and watching and playing sports.
Dr. Slykhuis holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from North Carolina State University, a graduate degree from Eastern Illinois University, and an undergraduate degree from University of Northern Iowa. He began his career in science education as a secondary educator, teaching physics, chemistry, advanced chemistry, physical science and biology.
Before joining UNC, Dr. Slykhuis served as a Professor of Science Education and Director of the Content Teaching Academy at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His leadership roles at JMU included appointments as the Co-Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach and Interim Department Head for Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities. Dr. Slykhuis's research in the area of technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK) in science education is widely published. While at JMU he was recognized with several awards for scholarly achievement and teaching excellence.
As the Assistant Dean and Director of the MAST Institute, Dr. Slykhuis is responsible for facilitating instructional and research collaborations among internal and external stakeholders in support of research, grant-writing, outreach and pre-service teacher preparation; fostering program development and curricular innovations in science education; supervising, supporting and mentoring the staff of the MAST Institute; coordinating the graduate program (M.A.) in science education; and, working in partnership with unit leaders in the sciences to manage instructional assignments for science education programs. He also engages in ongoing collaboration and communications with the School of Teacher Education leadership in providing quality teacher licensure programs for elementary and secondary science teacher preparation programs.