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.


Design of an online global learning community: international collaboration of grades 7-9 science students

Kerlin, S., E. Goehring, W. Carlsen, J. Larsen, and C. Fisher. 2009. Pages 94–96 in A. Dimitracopoulou, C. O’Malley, D. Suthers, and P. Reimann (editors). CSCL 2009 Proceedings of the 9th international conference on computer supported collaborative learning, volume 2. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Rhodes, Greece.

Mapping a science inquiry unit

Kerlin, S., S. McDonald, and G. Kelly. 2009. Journal of Classroom Interaction 43(2):4–13.

From local to extreme environments (FLEXE) pilot activity guide: energy unit

Goehring, E., W. Carlsen, C. Fisher, S. Kerlin, M. Smith, E. Simms, D. Blackman, and C. Williams. 2008. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program.

Student argumentative discourse in a seismology unit with different scientific data sources

Kerlin, S. 2007. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

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