Faculty Profiles

Dr. Dana Zeidler

Distinguished University professor, professor of science education, and program coordinator for science education  

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


Dr. Dana Zeidler is a professor of science education at the University of South Florida's College of Education. His research program incorporates aspects of Argumentation and Discourse, Moral Reasoning and Character Formation, Epistemology and the Nature of Science into a theoretical framework using Socioscientific Issues as a means to facilitate scientific literacy. His work has attracted international attention and is cited widely both within and external to the community of science education.

With more than 8,700 citations of his work (Goggle Scholar), he has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, presented over 300 conference papers, workshops and lectures, served as editor for 12 scholarly books for the Springer series, "Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education," supervised and mentored over 50 doctoral students, and has given keynote addresses and international talks in Canada, China, England, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy,The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States on aspects of his research program and related topics in science education. He works closely with doctoral students and other leaders in the science education community.

Dr. Zeidler serves as the co-editor of the "Journal of Research in Science Teaching" and has served as the managing editor for the "Journal of Science Teacher Education," as well as serving on the editorial boards for the leading top-tier journals in the field of science education. He was the Co-Guest Editor for a special double issue on Socio-ethical Issues in Science Education for the journal "Science & Education."

Professor Zeidler’s seminal and recent distinctions include:

  • Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida (2016 to Present).

  • 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 award represents the highest honor bestowed by the organization for lifetime 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).

  • Guest Professor in the Department of Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research Center at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (2018-2023).

  • 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 (2010-2012).

  • Executive Board of Directors, NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2006-2009) and (2015-2019 Ex-Officio).

  • 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 (with Dr. Troy D. Sadler) entitled: "Patterns of informal reasoning in the context of socioscientific 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 of South Florida.

  • 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.

Teaching

At the graduate level, Professor Zeidler has designed and taught a unique array of doctoral courses based on current and seminal research including:

  • Socioscientific Issues 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

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Zeidler has taught an array of science methods courses. He has helped to bring international understanding of scientific literacy to the classroom by connecting research to effective practice facilitating inquiry and developing scientific habits of mind in his pedagogical techniques.