Dana Zeidler's Profile

Dana Zeidler

Bio/Personal Statement

Dr. Dana L. Zeidler (PhD, MS, BS, AAS) is the Distinguished University Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He has developed an international research program in the field of Science Education centered on Socioscientific Issues -- taking a sociocultural approach to teaching and learning about how moral and ethical issues can be a means to foster the formation of epistemological sophistication and character in the pursuit of scientific literacy. Accordingly, his work incorporates aspects of Argumentation and Discourse, Moral Reasoning and Character Formation, Epistemology, Place-based Immersive Scenarios, and the Nature of Science His work has been cited over 14,159 times in the international literature (Goggle Scholar: h-index 47, i10-index 76). Dr. Zeidler has authored of over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, presented over 330 conference papers, workshops and lectures, served as editor for 18 scholarly books for the Springer series, Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education, supervised and mentored over 60 doctoral students, and has given Keynote addresses and international talks in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, India, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States on aspects of his research program and related topics in science education. Professor Zeidler’s recent distinctions include: serving as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, receiving the Distinguished Career Award from NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research; Past President of NARST; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea; and, Honorary Professor of Science and Environmental Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Professor of Science Education at Beijing Normal University. Dr. Zeidler works closely with doctoral students, international scholars and other leaders in the field.

Professional Interests

Socioscientific Issues, Moral / Ethical Reasoning, Cognitive / Moral Development, Epistimic Inquiry, Philosophy of Inquiry, Nature of Science, Reflective Reasoning, Philosophy of Science, Conceptual Analysis, Writing for Publication

Publications, Awards, and Other Highlights

Co-Editor (2023) of the Handbook of Research in Science Teaching (3rd Edition). Outstanding Faculty Award (2017), Office of the President, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Distinguished University Professor (2016), University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Recipient of 2016 Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award, NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2016). This award represents the highest honor bestowed by the organization for lifetime achievement in scholarship and service to the profession. Co-Editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the official journal of NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2015-2020). Guest Professor in the Department of Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research Center at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (2018-2023). Distinguished Visiting Professor of Science Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea (2012-2016). Honorary Professor of Science and Environmental Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The University of Hong Kong, China (2013-2017). Past President of NARST, A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2010-2012). Executive Board of Directors, NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research (2006-2009) and (2015-2019 Ex-Officio). At Large Board of Directors, Association for Science Teacher Education (2008-2011). Recipient for the Outstanding Mentor Award (2008), Association for Science Teacher Education. Series Editor for "Contemporary Trends in Science Education" (Formerly "Science and Technology Education Library Series"), Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York, Springer Publishers, (2008 to present). Recipient for the 2006 "Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award" article (with Dr. Troy D. Sadler) entitled: "Patterns of informal reasoning in the context of socioscientific decision making," JRST, 42(1), 112-138. This honor reflects receiving the highest award from colleagues for the most significant contribution to research among all articles published in Volume 42 of JRST. Recipient of the President’s Faculty Excellence Award (2003) to recognize faculty who are performing at a superior level over the past 5 years in receiving national and international recognition, whose contributions are fundamental to the future of the University of South Florida. Past-President of the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education. Conference Chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida. Conference Chair for the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, Florida.