Dr. Peter Cormas

Associate Professor

Department of Education


Dr. Cormas studies the professional development of higher education science faculty and STEM education courses that prepare college students to teach STEM to K-12 students. His work has been published in science education journals like the Journal of Science Teacher Education, and School Science and Mathematics, and science journals like BioScience, and Science. He is interested in the similar ways that scientists, college students who would like to teach science to K-12 students, and children do science and understand it.

Selected Publications

  • Cormas, P. C., Gould, G., Nicholson, L., Fredrick, K. C., Doan, S. (2021). A Professional Development Framework for Higher Education Science Faculty that Improves Student Learning. BioScience, biab050. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biab050

  • Cormas, P. C. (2020). Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs in a Mathematics/Science Course. Research in Science & Technological Education, 1-17.  doi.org/10.1080/02635143.2020.1784126

  • Cormas, P. C., & Middlemiss, S. (2019). Preservice Teachers’ Use of Mathematics and Science Learning Processes.  School Science and Mathematics, 119(8), 432-445.   doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12374

  • Cormas, P. C. (2016). Preservice Teachers' Reconciliation of an Epistemological Issue in an Integrated Mathematics/Science Methods Course. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 14, 1-21. doi: 10.1007/s10763-016-9755-5

  • Cormas, P. C. (2016). Sequenced Integration and the Identification of a Problem-Solving Approach through a Learning Process. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education,  12, 2557-2574. doi: 10.12973/eurasia.2016.1258a

  • Cormas, P. C. (2011). Empirical Tests for NSF Classroom Programs. Science, 334, 453.  doi: 10.1126/science.334.6055.453-a

  • Cormas, P. C., & Barufaldi, J. B. (2011). The Effective Research-Based Characteristics of Professional Development of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22, 255-272. doi: 10.1007/s10972-011-9228-1   

Selected Media and Popular Writing

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: University of Pittsburgh
  • Post Baccalaureate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Yale University
  • M.S. Geosciences: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ph.D. Science Education: The University of Texas at Austin

Email: cormas@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4018

Office: Keystone Hall Room 319