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George Glasson



Dr. George Glasson is a professor of education specializing in Science Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Program Leader for Science Education and Program Advisor for the MAED Secondary Science Education Licensure Program (Blacksburg campus). Dr. Glasson has authored and coauthored numerous research articles and book chapters related inquiry learning, sustainability science education, eco-justice, and place-based science education.  He has also written evaluation reports for a number of organizations, such as the National Science Foundation and the Virginia Department of Education. He has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many state, regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Dr. Glasson also engages in service activities. He has held leadership roles in the Association for Science Teacher Education and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. He also serves as a manuscript reviewer for several academic journals related to science education, such as Cultural Studies of Science Education and the Journal of Science Teacher Education. He has also consulted several public K-12 school divisions in Virginia. Finally, Dr. Glasson has received a variety of awards in recognition of his exemplary professional contributions. He received the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences Graduate Advising Award in 2010 and the Virginia Tech School of Education International Outreach Award in 2008. Dr. Glasson’s contributions through teaching, research, and outreach enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

M.A.T. Science Education, Duke University, 1973

B.A. Zoology, Duke University, 1973

Research interests include ecological sustainability, culture, and education.  

Dr. Glasson is interested in international education. He has most recently worked in Malawi and Thailand. Recent publications in Cultural Studies of Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, and Science Education demonstrate commitment to his research interests, as well as demonstrate contributions to the field. Dr. Glasson’s involvement in grant-funded research projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. He has been an author and principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on grants relating to teacher preparation, place-based education, and inquiry learning in diverse cultures.  Recent grants include Virginia Tech’s Phystec Project to prepare physics teachers, inquiry science teaching and place-based education in Thailand, and a project that developed a sustainable agriculture curriculum in Malawi using mobile phones. Glasson was also co-author of “Earth Systems Connections”, a NASA funded science, mathematics, and technology curriculum that connected to Native American culture. Dr. Glasson’s research and content expertise also informs his teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech. As program area leader for the Science Education program, Dr. Glasson provides meaningful graduate education to masters and doctoral students alike.

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