Jack Hassard is Professor Emeritus of Science Education at Georgia State University. He is author of many books on science education, and a leader in the development of constructivist-based teacher education programs and professional development seminars for teachers of science.
Professor Hassard earned his Ph.D. in science education from the Ohio State University. He has been Visiting Professor of Science Education at the Florida State University, the University of Vermont, University of Hawaii, University of Barcelona, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research in San Francisco. He was appointed in 2000 as an Academician to the Russian Academy of Information Technologies in Education. He is author of 22 books on science and science education, recipient of grants from the federal (National Science Foundation, United States Information Agency, Environmental Protection Agency), and state (Eisenhower Higher Education Program, Florida Department of Education, and Georgia Professional Standards Commission) levels, and has been director of numerous projects at Georgia State University
He coordinated the development of the Global Thinking Project with educators from Russian and the United States. One of the first Internet-based science teaching projects, it has involved students, teachers, parents, administrators, and researchers from several nations, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Spain, and Russia. The GTP established one of the first telecommunications networks between American and Russian educators starting in the late 1980s. The GTP has sponsored exchanges of teachers, conferences in Atlanta, Moscow and St. Petersburg on teacher enhancement, large scale exchanges of students between Georgia and Russian schools, and supported a program of research involving graduate students at GSU.
Dr. Hassard has been involved in alternative teacher education at GSU since 1987, starting with the TRIPS program, in which GSU collaborated with the Atlanta Public Schools, the American Federation of Teachers and Atlanta University to recruit and educate a cadre of teachers in foreign language, mathematics, and science. Starting in 1989, Dr. Hassard directed the Alternative Certification Institute (ACI) at GSU (funded by the Professional Standards Commission) which prepared three cadres of foreign language, mathematics and science teachers for metro-Atlanta schools. Using the summer institute and academic year internship model, 72 teachers were prepared for Georgia's schools. In 1993, Dr. Hassard received a developmental grant from the Professional Standards Commission to develop a teacher education program based on a constructivist paradigm. The program that emerged was called TEEMS (Teachers Education Environments in Mathematics and Science). Much of the content in The Art of Teaching Science was developed in the context of the TEEMS Program. Although initially designed for mathematics and science students at the graduate level. It has become the model that GSU uses to prepare secondary teachers, not only in mathematics and science, but in English and social studies.