Michael Schaab is professor emeritus in the Arts and Sciences Department at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where he mostly taught physics courses and labs. He also taught Introductory Chemistry (CH 220 – 221) and Engineering Chemistry (CH 301) offered an elective Ethics and Science course that incorporated both synchronous and asynchronous components. He helped develop and teach two interdisciplinary courses along with other faculty: ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Communities and Conflict’. He started at Maine Maritime in 2001. His primary focus of educational interest and research is in the area of experimental design and educational pedagogy.
The first twenty-eight years of Mike’s career were spent teaching high school science. Since 1996, he has been fortunate to have served as a mentor, consultant, and instructor to AP teachers throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. As a College Board consultant in chemistry, Mike has led numerous one-day and week-long workshops for AP chemistry teachers and has been a reader for the AP Chemistry exam. Mike has twice received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Bowdoin College, the Educator of the Year Award from Rotary International, the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Science Award from the University of Maine at Orono, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He has reviewed numerous scientific books and texts and developed the AP teacher resource manual for the 11th edition of Chemistry by Raymond Chang. He has recently prepared and edited exams for McGraw-Hill’s AP Chemistry practice exams using the new curriculum standards and has written questions to support the 2nd edition of Chemistry by Nivaldo Tro. He developed AP-style questions for the 12th edition of Chemistry by Raymond Chang. From 2012 to 2014 he spent two years working at Döküz Eylül University in Izmir, Turkey where he developed a physics laboratory program for their Maritime College as well as teaching their engineering chemistry courses. Mike enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, travel, choral singing and teaching students of all ages.