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John G. Wells

Associate Professor


Dr. John Wells is an associate professor of education specializing in Integrative STEM and Technology Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Technology Education from Virginia Tech. To date he has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed articles, book chapters, textbooks, and monographs. He has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many national and international refereed conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Wells also engages in professional service activities. He has served as reviewer for two divisions of the National Science Foundation: the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education and the Division of Advanced Technological Education. He has served on a number of editorial review boards, such as the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education and the International Journal on E-Learning. He has presented numerous professional development seminars for external universities and colleges, as well as K-12 school divisions in Virginia. Finally, Dr. Wells has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions. He is National Faculty for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and national finalist for NASA Teacher in Space Project. Dr. Wells’ contributions through teaching, research, and service enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.

Dr. Wells currently serves as Director of Rural Coordination for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) project, Co-PI for Understanding High School Pre-Engineering Student Design Cognition, and VT Director for the Engineering By Design Student Assessment and Design Challenge partnership. Select previously funded research projects include: NASA, Graduate Student Researcher Project (1994-1998); NASA, Technology Education Biotechnology Curriculum Project (1998-2002); U.S. DOE, Trek 21: Educating Teachers As Agents of Technological Change (1999-2003); Bell Atlantic, Online Multimedia Development Project (1996-1998). Dr. Wells has more than twelve years of secondary technology and biology teaching experience, and over 20 years in higher education at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. He serves as a National faculty for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (1998-present) and was a National Finalist for the NASA Teacher In Space Project (1985-present).


Ph.D.  Technology Education, Virginia Tech, 1992

M.S.  Technology Education, Virginia Tech, 1990

B.S.  Biological Sciences/Pre-Med, Florida State University, 1979

B.S.  Industrial Arts Education, Florida State University, 1978

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Wells specializes in research focused on the cognitive demands addressed through technological and engineering design based teaching and learning, instructional strategies for design based biotechnology literacy, integrative pedagogical practices among STEM education areas, and instructional design and technology. Teaching assignments include graduate courses in Integrative STEM Education.

Dr. Wells’ research interests relate to biotechnology problem-based learning; the intersections of practice among STEM education areas; and, instructional design and technology. Recent publications in Journal of Technology Education, Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology Education, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, and Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education further a strong line of inquiry, as well as demonstrate contributions to the field. His involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. He has been an author and principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several federally funded grants. A selection of grant projects include, but are not limited to, the Graduate Student Researcher Project-Biotechnology Curriculum Development (NASA, 1994-1998); Technology Education Biotechnology Curriculum Project (NASA, 1998-2002); Online Multimedia Development Project (Bell Atlantic, 1996-1998); and, Treck 21: Education Teachers as Agents of Technological Change (U.S. DOE-PT#, 1999-2003). His research and content expertise informs his teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech. He teaches graduate courses in Technology Education and Integrative STEM Education and serves as program leader for the Integrative STEM Education Graduate Program.

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