Dr. Charlene M. Czerniak

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Distinguished University Professor of Science Education
University of Toledo


Charlene M. Czerniak, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus at The University of Toledo for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and now works as a research professor in the College of Engineering. She was an elementary teacher in Bowling Green, OH. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Toledo, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in science education from The Ohio State University. Professor Czerniak has authored and co-authored over 60 articles. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, School Science and Mathematics, Science Scope, and Science and Children. Professor Czerniak is co-author of a textbook published by Taylor and Francis on project-based science teaching, which is in its 5th edition. She also has five chapters in books and illustrated 12 children’s science education books. Czerniak co-authored a chapter entitled “Interdisciplinary Science Teaching in the Handbook of Research on Science Education”, published by Routledge. Professor Czerniak has been an author and director of numerous grant funded projects in excess of 5 million dollars that targeted professional development of science and mathematics teachers. She has made frequent presentations at national and regional conferences that focus on her research interests on teachers’ beliefs about teaching science, professional development for elementary and middle grades teachers, science education reform, and school improvement. She is an active member in the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and reviews manuscripts for the journals associated with these organizations. For five years, she served as editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the professional journal of the ASTE. She has served on numerous committees for ASTE, NARST, SSMA, and NSTA. Charlene Czerniak was the president of the School Science and Mathematics Association for two years, and she served as the president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) from 2008-2009. She received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from The University of Toledo Judith Herb College of Education and the 2008 Research Award from the Judith Herb College of Education. In 2010, she received the George Mallinson Distinguished Service Award from the SSMA, which is the highest award given by the organization. In 2012, she was named Distinguished University Professor at The University of Toledo, which is the highest award bestowed on faculty.