Geology & Environmental Science Faculty Member

Eric J. Pyle

ERIC J. PYLE

Professional Information
  • Title: Professor, Specializing in geoscience education
  • Educational Background:
         BS, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1983
         MS, Emory University, 1986
         PhD, University of Georgia, 1995

Contact Information

Teaching
GEOL110: Physical Geology 
GEOL167: History & Philosophy of the Geosciences 
GEOL272: Planetary Geology 
GEOL 291: Geowriting
GEOL367: Genesis of Solid Earth Materials 
GEOL398: Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland
GEOL 491: Field Methods in Geology
GEOL477: Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences 
GSCI161: Science Processes 
GSCI162: Science of the Planets

GEOL110: Physical Geology 
GEOL167: History & Philosophy of the Geosciences 
GEOL272: Planetary Geology GEOL 291: Geowriting
GEOL367: Genesis of Solid Earth Materials 
GEOL398: Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland
GEOL399: Field Methods in Geology

GEOL477: Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences 

GSCI161: Science Processes 
GSCI162: 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