Faculty Profiles

Dr. Dana Zeidler

Dr. Dana Zeidler, Professor & Program Coordinator for Science Education, Ph.D., Syracuse University  

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Email: Zeidler@usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-3522
Office: 308A

Dr. Zeidler’s has developed an international research program in the field of Science Education centered on Socioscientific Issues -- taking a sociocultural approach to teaching and learning about how moral and ethical issues can be a means to foster the formation of epistemological sophistication and character in the pursuit of scientific literacy. His work has attracted international attention and is cited widely both within and external to the community of science education. With over 6,100 citations of his work (Goggle Scholar), he has authored of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, presented over 250 conference papers, workshops and lectures, served as editor for 9 scholarly books for the Springer series, “Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education, supervised and mentored over 40 doctoral students, and has given Keynote addresses and international talks in Canada, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States on these and related topics in science education. He works closely with doctoral students and other leaders in the science education community.

Professor Zeidler’s seminal and recent distinctions include:

  • Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (Awarded 2016).
  • Recipient of 2016 Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award, NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2016) This represents the highest honor bestowed by the organization for life achievement in scholarship and service to the profession.
  • Co-Editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2015-2020).
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea (2012-2016).
  • Honorary Professor of Science and Environmental Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China (2013-2017).
  • Past President of NARST - A worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.
  • Executive Board of Directors, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 2006-2009.
  • At Large Board of Directors, Association for Science Teacher Education (2008-2011).
  • Recipient for the Outstanding Mentor Award (2008), Association for Science Teacher Education.
  • Series Editor for Contemporary Trends in Science Education (Formerly Science and Technology Education Library Series), Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York, Springer Publishers, (2008 to present).
  • Recipient for the 2006 Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award article (Troy D. Sadler & Dana L. Zeidler) entitled: "Patterns of informal reasoning in the context of socio-scientific decision making," JRST, 42(1), 112-138. This honor reflects receiving the highest award from colleagues for the most significant contribution to research among all articles published in Volume 42 of JRST.
  • Recipient of the President’s Faculty Excellence Award (2003) to recognize faculty who are performing at a superior level over the past 5 years in receiving national and international recognition, whose contributions are fundamental to the future of the University, and whose high marketability places them in the highest risk of being recruited away. University of South Florida , Tampa, FL.
  • Past-President of the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education.
  • Conference Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
  • Conference Chair for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Research and Teaching in:

  • Socioscientific Issues (SSI) in Science Education
  • Moral and Ethical Issues in Science Education
  • Epistemology, Reasoning & Cognition in Science Education
  • Philosophy and the Nature of Science
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Philosophical Issues in Science Education
  • Trends in Science Education
  • Philosophies of Inquiry
  • Methods of Teaching Science