Adam V. Maltese earned his B.A. in geology from Hamilton College in 1997 and his M.S. in geology from the University of Connecticut in 2003. Upon graduation, he continued his education at the University of Virginia where he earned his Ph.D. in science education in 2008. Maltese began his teaching career at Indiana University (IU) in 2008 as an assistant professor of science education. He was promoted to associate professor in 2014 and full professor in 2020. He earned the additional, honorary title of Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education in July 2020.
Prior to joining the IU faculty, Maltese served as a middle school science teacher at Brunswick School and as a geologist at Camp Dresser and McKee. At IU, Maltese teaches courses in secondary science methods and graduate seminars at the School of Education around making and the development of interest in STEM education. In addition, I lead a seminar for doctoral students in STEM fields who plan to pursue academic careers and are interested in improving their teaching practices based on research.
Maltese has received research funding from various notable organizations, including the National Science Foundation, Google, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and more. He received the Best Paper Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in both 2019 and 2020.