Waterbury Chaired Professor
Richard A. Duschl, (Ph.D. 1983 University of Maryland, College Park) is Waterbury Chaired professor of secondary education College of Education, Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State in 2008 Richard held the Chair of Science Education at King's College London and was professor of science education Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University and executive member of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Studies. He recently served as Chair of the National Research Council research synthesis report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 (National Academies Press, 2007). While at Kings College London, Richard was Co-PI for the Center for Informal Learning and Schools, one of the NSF Centers for Teaching and Learning. His research focuses on establishing epistemic learning environments and on the role of students' inquiry and argumentation processes. Richard has twice received the 'JRST Award' (1989; 2003) for the outstanding research article published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. He also served for more than a decade as editor of the research journal Science Education and editor for TC Press "Ways of Knowing in Science and Math" book series.