Amanda Gunning

  • Professor, Secondary Education
  • Department Chair, Secondary Education
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Department Chairperson Dr. Amanda Gunning is an Associate 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; STEM Education; Engineering Practices for the K-12 Classroom; Physics Education History

Dr. Gunning teaches graduate courses in STEM content for teachers and STEM teaching methods.

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]. 

 Gunning, A. M., Marrero, M. E., Buonamano, C., & Somers, V. (2018). Waves Sound Great!. Science and Children, 56(1), 32-38.

Gunning, A. M. & Marrero, M. E. (2017). Examining inservice teachers’ mental models on teaching science through online learning. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education. 7(1).

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. (2016, March, 30). Every citizen deserves an education [Editorial]. The Photo News, page 12.

Marrero, M.E., Gunning, A.M., and Buonamano, C. (2016). A House for Chase the Dog: Second-Grade Students Investigate Material Properties. In Froschauer, L. (Ed) Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom (pp. 141-148). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.   

Marrero, M. E., Gunning, A. M. & Woodruff, K. (2016). Using Authentic Earth Data in the K-12 Classroom. In M. J. Urban & D. A. Falvo (Eds.), Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration (281-309). Hershey, PA.

Gunning, A. M. & Sheppard, K. (2015). The Roots of Physics Teaching: The History of Physics Teacher Education in the USA. In C. Sandifer & E. Brewe (Eds.), Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices (27-34). College Park, MD.