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Joel J. Nale

Permanent address                                                                                                            Rutgers address

327 Steelmanville Rd.                                                               42 Laurel Place Apt. #2

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234                                                                                                                                 New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(609)927-8993                                                                                                                                                                              (732)937-6118



Master of Education (Secondary Science Education)   Fall 1999-Present

Rutgers University-Graduate School of Education        New Brunswick, NJ

Graduate GPA: 3.90


Bachelor of Arts                  Major: Biochemistry          Minor: Psychology

Rutgers University-Rutgers College                                 New Brunswick, NJ                                                                       Spring 1999

Undergraduate Cumulative GPA: 3.20



Martin Luther King Scholarship Award                                                                                                                 Spring 2000-Fall 2000

Rutgers College Dean’s List                                                                                                                                     Spring 1997-Fall 1998

Garden State Scholar                                                                                                                                                                      1995-1999



Student Teaching Internship                            Watchung Hills Regional High School                                                           Fall 2000

Taught three classes of Honors Physics.  Designed various forms of student assessment including concept tests, pre-tests, post-tests, and quizzes.  Contributed to the development of lesson plans for the following concepts: (1) Vector and Scalar Quantities, (2) Statics (Forces & Torque), and (3) One Dimensional Kinematics.  Solely designed lesson plan for Statics.  Incorporated the use of inquiry-based learning and Socratic-style questioning.  Set up research project (involving all three classes) that involved researching physics concepts learned in class, researching their real-world applications, and locating appropriate website references.  Produced a website, in conjunction with students that makes available the information gathered and learned (Site URL:  See “Physics” and “About the WebMaster”).  Incorporated the use of technology in the classroom, via the following: (1) Use of the Television as an active form of gathering data for Kinematics experiments, (2) Use of PC for analyzation of data obtained from experiments for generating mathematical relationships and hence equations, (3) Use of video camera for gathering data for Kinematics experiments, (4) Use of PC for website editing and design. Participated in faculty and departmental meetings, professional development workshops, and the New Jersey Science Teacher Convention.  Performed routine teacher-related activities including: attendance, classroom management, grading, being available for extra help sessions.


Summer Astrophysics Internship                   New Brunswick, NJ                                                                                     Summer 1999

Worked and interacted with high school students of various grades.  Observed how students learn.  Incorporated the use of real Astrophysics research with conceptual theory taught in class.  Observed how inquiry-based learning positively affects student learning.


Greenhouse Effect                                               New Brunswick, NJ                                                                                       Spring 2001

Teaching course in conjunction with University Professor Sunil Somalwar (Physics Dept.).  Analyze the environmental concerns facing the 21st Century including: (1) Greenhouse Effect, (2) Ozone Depletion, World Climate changes, Energy use (or OVER-use) in industrial societies such as the U.S., (3) the promises and problems of “Alternative” energy solutions, and (4) California energy crisis.


Extended Physics Teaching Assistant & Lab Instructor                                                                                                         Fall 2000

Rutgers University-Physics Dept.                    New Brunswick, NJ

Taught one section (2 Cumulative) of a year-long physics lecture and lab course, primarily based for students in scientific curricula excluding physics and engineering majors.  Implemented inquiry-based learning techniques and Socratic-style questioning and discussion.


Extended Analytical Physics Teaching Assistant                                                                                                Fall 1999-Spring 2000

Rutgers University-Physics Dept.                    New Brunswick, NJ

Taught two sections each semester (4 Cumulative) of a year-long advanced physics course, for engineers, designed for at-risk engineering students implementing inquiry-based learning techniques and Socratic-style questioning and discussion.


General Organic Chemistry I & II Teaching Assistant                                                                                       Summer 1999 & 2000

Rutgers University-Chemistry Dept.                New Brunswick, NJ

Taught and reviewed (4 Cumulative) all topics taught in lecture and all homework problems.  Designed worksheets for students to work on at home, as well as in groups during class.  Provided sample questions for final exams.  Held review sessions and extended office hours to assist students who desired to excel in class.  Administered and graded quizzes and exams.


Organic Chemistry Lab Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                Fall 1999-Present

Rutgers University-Chemistry Dept.                New Brunswick, NJ

Taught two sections each semester (8 Cumulative) including experiments that covered from Sn1/2 chemical reactions to Thin Layer Chromatography.  Taught students techniques involving separating immicible liquid layers via a separatory funnel, pH analysis, and set-up of equipment such as distillation apparatus and reflux.  Developed and maintained a website used by students as a learning resource.  Encouraged students to draw connections between experimentation and lecture.  Held review sessions for course exams.  Written many student recommendations for Medical School and Dental School.



Video Editing for Dr.  Eugenia Etkina, Professor of Education                                                                                           Spring 2001

Editing digital and analog physics video activities and demonstrations for Rutgers University Education Science Advisor Eugenia Etkina for purposes of making them available for all to see on world wide web.  Using Macintosh iMovie for video editing. 


Princeton Review MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) Instructor                                                                          Spring 2001

Teaching Physical Science section (Physics and Chemistry) of Medical College Admissions Test. 


Private Tutor                                                                                                                                                                                      Fall 2000

Privately tutored engineering student taking introductory engineering course offered at New York University.  Discussed the following topics: Vectors and Scalars, Kinematics, Statics, Dynamics (Linear and Circular), Momentum (both One and Two Dimensional), Momentum Conservation, Work and Energy Conservation.


Organic Chemistry Research                                                                                                                          Spring 2000-Summer 2000

Rutgers University-Chemistry Dept.                New Brunswick, NJ

Worked on synthesizing and testing arenediazonium ions, with long-chain tails (C16H33) and short chain tails (C2H5).  Use of scientific instruments include: HPLC and UV.  Currently working/testing on arenediazonium ion in phosphate buffer solution at pH 7.  The former’s potential use will serve to simplify Surfactant Chemistry research and the latter may provide a more universal ‘mechanism’ for a particular organic chemical reaction by a fellow colleague working in India.  Supervisor: Dr. Laurence Romsted.


Online Physics Tutorial Design                                                                                                                       Spring 2000-Summer 2000

Rutgers University-Graduate School of Education             New Brunswick, NJ

Designed Physics tutorial for Elementary school teachers in New Brunswick area to enhance their knowledge of Physics.  Incorporated excellent Websites to aid in understand of the concepts, including ‘static’ pages as well as animated Java applets.


Curriculum Design                                                                                                                                                                           Fall 1998

Rutgers University-Graduate School of Education              New Brunswick, NJ

Designed physics curriculum for K-5th grade students, in conjunction with Eugenia Etkina, for American Golf & Entertainment.


Plant Pathology/Virology Research                                                                                                                               Summer-Fall 1998

Rutgers University-Plant Pathology Dept./Rutgers Blueberry/Cranberry Research Center                   New Brunswick, NJ

Researched a strain of plant virus known as ‘blueberry red ring spot virus’.  Isolated and sequenced entire DNA strand.


Learning Resource Center Tutor                                                                                                                            Fall 1997-Spring 1999

Rutgers University-LRC                                     New Brunswick, NJ

Nationally certified in the following subjects: General Physics, General Chemistry, General Organic Chemistry.


Supplemental Instruction Leader                                                                                                                                              Spring 1997

Rutgers University-LRC                                     New Brunswick, NJ

Conducted weekly review sessions for students based on subject material.  Designed worksheets and sample exams.



Computer Experience

MS OFFICE, Windows OS, Frontpage 2000, HTML, Javascript, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash



Obtained Belay Certification (for Rock Climbing)                                                                                                                    Spring 2001

Chess Club Member                                                                                                                                                          Fall 2000 - Present

Salsa & Merengue Dance                                                                                                                                                          1999-Present

Integral Yoga                                                                                                                                                                                              1999

Intramural Outdoor/Indoor soccer                                                                                                                                           1995-Present