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David Crowther, Ph.D.

Professor of Science Education

David "Dave" Crowther

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  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.Ed., Brigham Young University
  • B.S., Brigham Young University


Dr. David T Crowther is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada, Reno and was recently appointed as the Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at UNR. David has 5 years of experience teaching at the elementary / middle level as well as summer teaching at the 8 - 12th grade level in Biology. Dr. Crowther has Twenty years of teaching experience at the University level, seventeen of which have been at the University of Nevada, Reno. Previously, he taught and received his Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Both at UNR and UNL, Dr. Crowther has taught science methods to undergraduates, general biology for education majors, and a number of different graduate courses in curriculum, science education and research. Dr. Crowther was the runner up for the university wide Donald F. Tibbetts teaching award in 2007 and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award from the College of Education at UNR in both 2009 and 2011. Dr. Crowther has brought in over 5.5 million dollars in grants to the university (UNR) and 8 million in his teaching career. Dr. Crowther is the co-author / editor of Science for English Language Learners from NSTA Press, has edited and written a portion of the Gateway to Science textbook series from Thomson Press and consulted / edited the children's book series The Science Behind from Heinemann - Raintree. He has written 11 chapters in science education texts and has published over 40 articles that are both research based and practical for science education in scholarly journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Crowther has presented workshops and presentations in 42 states involving science education and professional development including a one full day workshop with Bill Nye the Science Guy at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2001 national meeting. Dr. Crowther is the past president of the Council of Elementary Science International (CESI), serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Science Teacher Educators (ASTE) and former Council member for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Dr. Crowther currently serves as the chairman of the board for Bailey Charter Elementary School in Reno, NV. Dr. Crowther also serves on the board of directors for the Gathering Genius / Nevada STEM Coalition as well as on the Board of Directors for the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. Dr. Crowther serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) and until recently he was an editor of two professional journals in science education; CESI Science which is the journal for the Council for Elementary Science International and associate editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education (EJSE) which is the longest running and first online journal of its kind. Dr. Crowther was invited (Nov 2010) to Shanghai, China as one of twenty five science educators from across the United States to participate on a Science Education Delegation to exchange science teaching ideas between the two countries. Dr. Crowther is currently involved nationally and serves on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) College Science Teaching Advisory Committee and is a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additionally, due to the participation of the China delegation has been assigned as part of a task force for International Outreach and Idea exchanges between the US and other countries for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Dr. Crowther's current research interests involve teaching science through inquiry to develop English language acquisition for English Language Learners (ELL), Inquiry content instruction at both K-12 and the University level, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education K-12, and general methods of inquiry science teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level.

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