Department Chairperson Dr. Amanda Gunning is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Mercy College where she teaches both content and methods courses for K-12 science and STEM teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from University of Richmond, a Master of Arts in Secondary Science Education from City College and her doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University focused on Elementary Science Education. Gunning enjoys working with teachers and after six years teaching in public schools in the Bronx and Rockland, she has been providing professional development for K-12 educators in science for more than ten years. While teaching, Gunning participated in a Research Experience for Teachers, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Brooklyn Polytechnic University (now NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering) in electrical and mechanical engineering. This experience fueled her interest in coding and engineering and led to her to incorporate it meaningfully in science instruction and teacher education. Gunning is the PI of the NSF-funded STEM Master Teacher Fellowship and co-directs the Greater NY Wipro Science Education Fellowship. Both provide research-driven PD for K-12 teacher fellows. Gunning presents her research on science teacher self-efficacy; STEM teacher development; vertical learning communities for teacher professional development; and family STEM learning at international conferences every year since 2009 and is published. She is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Mercy College's Center for STEM Education.
- Associate Professor, Secondary Education
- Co-Director, Center for STEM Education
- Chair, Department of Secondary Education
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