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Dr. Eric J. Pyle

pyleej@jmu.edu
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Professor, Geoscience Education

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

Curriculum Vitae

Biosketch

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Courses

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

Grants

  • October 2013

    Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $81,259 from the University of Virginia for the Blue Ridge Collaborative for Earth Science Teachers initiative to improve teacher quality through provision of two courses in meteorology and geology. Pyle also received $13,629 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement – Year 4 to coordinate STEM coursework offered and to develop, deploy and communicate results of STEM secondary content course and elementary institute science concept needs assessments among the teachers participating in the project.

  • July 2014

    Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), Dr. John T. Almarode (Head and Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities), Dr. Kerry O. Cresawn (Assistant Professor, Biology), Dr. Barbara A. Reisner (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Brian C. Utter (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $299,744 from the National Science Foundation for “James Madison University EPIC (Expanding Pathways, Identity and Capacity) Science Education” to develop two additional credit-bearing pathways leading to science teacher licensure that supplement the existing program at JMU.

  • November 2014

    Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $13,629 from the U.S. Department of Education to coordinate STEM coursework and to develop, deploy and communicate the results of STEM secondary content course and elementary institute science concept needs assessments among the teachers participating in the project.

Services

  • January 2014

    Dr. Eric Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Science Teachers Association as the director of the Preservice Teacher Preparation Division. The NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives and others involved in and committed to science education.