Personal and Professional Interests
Dr. Schillaci is Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Roberts Wesleyan College and serves as Program Director for SC STEPs to STEM – an NSF funded initiative hosted at the University of South Carolina that is focused on the recruitment and retention of transfer students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Dr. Schillaci formerly served as Assistant Director of the Center for Science Education and as Managing Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, also at the University of South Carolina. He has held research and teaching posts in both Physics and Psychology and his research interests include computational physics, models of human cognition using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalographic (EEG) data, and multi-disciplinary curriculum development. Dr. Schillaci has a PhD in physics from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was formerly Assistant Professor of Physics at Francis Marion University. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the Cognitive Neurosciences Society.
Dr. Schillaci is passionate about the dialogue between Science and Religion and grew up here in Western, New York where he attended the Roman Catholic Church with his grandmother. He rededicated his life in Christ while in graduate school and now attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester.
For more information on his research and personal interests please visit his personal website at: http://www.evsis.org.
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Physical Society
- American Physical Society's Forum on Education (FEd)
- Member Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (APS)
- Member Southeast Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS)
- Cognitive Neurosciences Society
Honors, Awards and Activities
Member STEM research advisory committee for the NIH sponsored program at Benedict College. (September 2010-2012)
Board Member Science and Religion Initiative (SRI) at the University of South Carolina.
Faculty Senator Francis Marion University (Elected position: 2001-2003).
Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award in Chemistry. (SUNY Brockport 1991)
Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Recipient. (NSF 1991-1992 Academic year and summer research support.)
Katz, J., Wandersman, A., Goodman, R.M., Griffin, S., Wilson, D. K., & Schillaci, M.J. (2013). Updating the FORECAST formative evaluation approach and some implications for ameliorating theory failure, implementation failure, and evaluation failure. Evaluation and program planning, 39,42-50.
Townley, G., Katz, J., Wandersman, A., Skiles, B., Schillaci, M.J., Timmerman, B.E., & Mousseau, T.A. (2013). Exploring the role of sense of community in the undergraduate transfer student experience. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 277-290.
Katz, J., Wandersman, A., Robert Goodman, Schillaci, M.J., Griffin, S., Wilson- King, D., Updating FORECAST: Contributions to Formative Evaluation Theory and Practice. Evaluation and Program Planning. (Submitted for publication in July 2012.)
G. Townley, J. Katz, A. Wandersman, B. Skiles, M. J. Schillaci, B. E. Timmerman, T. A. Mousseau, Exploring the Role of Sense of Community in the Undergraduate Transfer Student Experience. (Forthcoming Journal of Community Psychology 2012).
Schillaci, M.J., Total Tomography, Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 12-13, March/April, Jun, 2009.
Vendemia, J.M., *Schillaci, M.J., Buzan, R. F., Green, E. P., & Meek, S. W., Chapter 13: Alternate Technologies for the Detection of Deception. In, Daniel Wilcox (Editor), The Use of the Polygraph in Assessing, Treating and Supervising Sex Offenders: Practitioner's Guide. Wiley Series in Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law, 2009.
Schillaci, M.J., Computationally Complete, Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 3-6, May/Jun, 2007.
Grants and Funding
2012-2014: Co-PI and Project Director NSF Grant # 0653164 (PI Timothy
Mousseau, University of South Carolina) - SC STEPs to STEM. $2,000,000
2012-2014: Co-PI and Project Director NSF Grant # 0850208 (PI Timothy A Mousseau,University of South Carolina) - SC Graduate Steps to STEM. $600,000
2007 - 2009: Co-PI USAMRAA (PI Jennifer Vendemia) - Continuation Brain Imaging
2005 – 2008: Co-PI USAMRAA (PI Jennifer Vendemia) - Brain Imaging Research. $3,660,000
2003 – 2004: PI Francis Marion University (competitive) internal and State Lottery matching funds awarded to establish a Computational Physics Laboratory. $11,000