Dr. Nick Stroud

Professor, Education

Nick Stroud
(413) 662-5505
Mark Hopkins Hall


Ph.D., Columbia University Teachers College, 2008

M.A., Stony Brook University, 2004

B.A., UW Madison, 2002


Courses Taught

Teaching Math/Science K-8

Curriculum and Instruction

Field Placement II

Student Teaching Seminar


Description of Special Projects/Activities

Dr. Stroud is the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded project, Teaching to Learn (Award #1432591). This project is a collaboration between MCLA, Williams College, and North Adams Public Schools. Teaching to Learn places pairs of undergraduate students in local classrooms to teach science. For more information on the project, visit our website, linked below.

Teaching to Learn


Research/Creative Interests

Dr. Stroud’s research interests are primarily in 1) informal science education, and 2) pre-service preparation of science teachers. Specifically, he is interested in the ways that out-of-school science experiences can impact the science trajectories of individuals, especially the pedagogical content knowledge of future teachers. He also explores the ways in which specific instructional methods in a pre-service science methods course allow for students to develop knowledge of the nature of science, skill in scientific argumentation, and develop teaching self-efficacy.

Relatedly, he investigates changes in science self-efficacy, knowledge of the nature of science, and course taking patterns of undergraduate students as a result of teaching science to elementary students. This research is conducted as part of the National Science Foundation project, Teaching to Learn.