Steve Kerlin, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Director of Education

Education Department

tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 297
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interest and Expertise

My research interests are in environmental and science education, technology to enhance and extend outdoor education, educator professional development, and inquiry-based teaching and learning. I am an Eagle Scout and worked at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation for 10 summers. When not at work, I enjoy kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures with my family.

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  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • B.S., Secondary Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Director of Education, Stroud Water Research Center, 2016–present.
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Education/Interpretation and Youth Programming/Camp Management, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2013–2015.
  • Statewide Specialist in Nature Center Management and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension, 2013–2015.
  • Assistant Professor of Science and Environmental Education and Director of the Center for Environmental Education, Northern Kentucky University, 2009–2013.
  • 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Science Teacher, Penns Valley Area School District, Pennsylvania, 1998–2005.


Global learning communities: a comparison of online domestic and international science class partnerships

Kerlin, S., W. Carlsen, G. Kelly, and E. Goehring. Online 2012, print 2013. Journal of Science Education and Technology 22(4):475–487.

Professional development strategies that promote science inquiry teaching and learning

Kerlin, S. 2012. Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching 10:74–87.

Online science classroom collaborations: a comparison of domestic and international learning communities

Kerlin, S., E. Goehring, and W. Carlsen. 2010. Pages 350–351 in K. Gomez, L. Lyons, and J. Radinsky (editors). Learning in the disciplines: proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) – Volume 2. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, Illinois.

Complexity of secondary scientific data sources and students’ argumentative discourse

Kerlin, S., S. McDonald, and G. Kelly. 2010. International Journal of Science Education 32(9):1207–1225.

Global learning communities: science classrooms without walls

Kerlin, S. 2009. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

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