Dr. Sandra A. Lampley

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction


301 Sparkman Drive
Roberts Hall
Room 312
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Mathematics and Science Education, Middle Tennessee State University, 2015
  • M.S., Educational Administration and Supervision, Middle Tennessee State University, 2008
  • B.S., Biology/Community and Public Health (Double Major), Middle Tennessee State University, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • College of Education Outstanding Faculty Member Award, University of Alabama in Huntsville 2018
  • Inaugural Inspirational Alumni Award, Middle Tennessee State University 2017
  • Accomplished Teaching Learning and Schools (ATLAS) Case Study analysis grant 2016-2019
  • Provost's Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State University 2014-2015
  • MSE Dissertation mini-grant, Middle Tennessee State University 2014
  • NASA Space grant research assistantship, Middle Tennessee State University 2012-2013


  • Society for College Science Teachers
  • Association for Science Teacher Education
  • National Science Teacher Association
  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • Mid-South Educational Research Association
  • Alabama Science Teaching Association
  • American Association of University Women
  • The Little Green Store and Gallery, Huntsville, AL 2016-present
  • Naked Art, Birmingham, AL 2016-2019
  • Art and Soul, Huntsville, AL 2014-2016

Recent Publications

  • Lampley, S.A., Roller, S.A., Benfield, M.P.J., Davis, A.M., Dillihunt, M.L., Gholston, S.E., & Turner, M.W. (in preparation). Understanding the perceptions of engineering in early elementary students. School Science and Mathematics Journal.

  • Lampley, S.A.(in preparation). A strategy for improving collaboration in your courses. Journal of College Science Teaching.

  • Lampley, S.A. (in preparation). Teacher candidates’ perceptions of lesson study as a component of a science methods course. Journal of Science Teacher Education.

  • Lampley, S.A.(in preparation). Explore before Explain: Examples in Practice. Science and Children.

  • Hamilton, F., Hile, K. A., Skelley, D. L., Roller, S. A., Lampley, S.A., & Slate Young, E. (in press). Exploring students’ perceived impact on collaboration and critical thinking skills following an escape room experience. The Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship.

  • Roller, S. A., Lampley, S.A., Dillihunt, M. L., Benfield, M. P. J., Gholston, S. E., & Turner, M. W. (2020). Development and initial validation of the student interest and choice in STEM (SIC-STEM) survey instrument for assessment of the social cognitive career theory constructs. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 29(5), 646-657.

  • Smith, D.W., Lampley, S.A., Dolan, B., Williams, G., Schleppenbach, D., Blair, M.(2020) Impact of 3D manipulatives on learning chemistry constructs: A pilot study. Journal of Visual Impairments & Blindness, 114(5), 370-381.

  • Roller, S.A., Lampley, S.A., Dillihunt, M., Benfield, M.P., & Turner, M. (2018). Student attitudes toward STEM: A revised instrument of social cognitive career theory constructs. Conference proceeding paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education National conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Dula, M.E., Lampley, S.A., Lampley, J.H. (2018). Undergraduate retention rates for students in learning support math classes versus traditional math classes controlling for ACT mathematics scores. Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 14, 1-6.

  • Lampley, S.A., Gardner, G. & Barlow, A.T. (2017). Exploring pedagogical content knowledge of biology graduate teaching assistants through their participation in lesson study. The Journal of Higher Education. 23(4),468-487. doi: 10.1080/13562517.1414786.