Amanda Gunning

  • Professor and Chair, Secondary Education
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Department Chairperson Dr. Amanda Gunning is a Professor of Science Education at Mercy University 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 University's Center for STEM Education.

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program in Science Education (September 2010 – June 2012)


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Doctor of Philosophy, Program in Science Education, May 2010


City College of New York, New York

Master of Arts, Secondary Science Education, September 2004


University of Richmond, Virginia

Bachelor of Science, Physics, May 1999

Women Involved in Living and Learning Program; Minors: Women’s Studies, Mathematics


New York State Permanent Certification

Teacher of Physics and General Science in Secondary Schools, Grades 7 - 12

Science Teacher Education; K-12 Teacher Professional Development in Science and STEM; STEM Education; Engineering Practices for the K-12 Classroom

Dr. Gunning teaches graduate courses in STEM content for teachers and STEM teaching methods with an emphasis on student-centered instruction and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

Marrero, M. E., Brandon, L. T., Gunning, A. M., & Riccio, J. F. (August, 2022). Supporting first-generation college students to become teachers in high-needs schools. The Teacher Educator, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/08878730.2022.2107128

Larson, K. V., Marrero, M. E., Gunning, A. M., & Riccio, J. F. (June, 2022), What happens after edTPA? Education Policy Analysis Archives. Volume 30, Number 95.  

Gunning, A. M., Marrero, M. E., & Larson, K. V. (2021, July). Studying In-service Teacher Professional Development on Purposeful Integration of Engineering into K-12 STEM Teaching (Research to Practice). In 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access.

Marrero, M.E., Gunning, A.M., Agravat, T.S., Vasquez, J. (2021). STEM Accessibility is a Family Affair. ASCD Express Newsletter.

Gunning, A. M., Marrero, M. E., Hillman, P. C., & Brandon, L. T. (2020) How K-12 Teachers of Science Experience a Vertically Articulated Professional Learning Community, Journal of Science Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/1046560X.2020.1758419

Gunning, A. M. & Marrero, M. E., (2019, March).  STEM for All: Everyone’s Responsibility. Education Update [Guest Editorial]. 

Hillman, P., Coddett, A., Gunning, A. & Marrero, M. (2016) Vertically Articulated Professional Learning Communities: Building Collaboration and Practice amongst K-12 Science Teachers. Open Online Journal for Research and Education. (5) ISSN: 2313-1640

Gunning, A., Marrero, M., Morell, Z. (2016) Family Learning Opportunities and Research in Science and Engineering. Electronic Journal of Science Education. 20(7).

Gunning, A. M. & Moore Mensah, F. (2011). One preservice elementary teacher’s development of self-efficacy and confidence to teach science: A case study. Journal of Elementary Science Education, 22, 171-185.