Professor, Geoscience Education

BS, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1983
MS, Emory University, 1986
PhD, University of Georgia, 1995

Curriculum Vitae


More about Eric Pyle


GEOL 110: Physical Geology 
GEOL 167: History & Philosophy of the Geosciences 
GEOL 272: Planetary Geology 
GEOL 291: Geowriting
GEOL 367: Genesis of Solid Earth Materials 
GEOL 398: Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland
GEOL 399: Field Methods in Geology 
GEOL 477: Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences 
GSCI 161: Science Processes 
GSCI 162: Science of the Planets

Research Interests

I use my background in K-12 and college-level STEM education and program assessment and evaluation to support teachers of science at the preservice and and inservice career stages.  I also support student research that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the BA-Earth science program, namely communicating science to non-scientific audiences.  I was a member of the Earth and Space Design Team for the National Research Council's A Curriculum Framework for K-12 Science Education.  I am also a past President of both the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) and the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA).  I currently serve as the Co-director for the James Madison University Center for STEM Education and Outreach and Coordinator for Science Teacher Preparation in the College of Science & Mathematics at JMU.  I am an NAGT Counselor for Virginia and serve on the Preservice Teacher Preparation Committee for NSTA.  I have a B.S. in Earth science from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where I also received my preparation as a science teacher.  I have a M.S. in Geology from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Georgia.

  • Preparation and Professional Development of Earth Science Teachers
  • Development and Evaluation of Instructional Materials in Earth Science
  • Assessment of Student Learning in the Classroom, the Field, and across Geoscience Programs

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