Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education Assessment and Research

J. Randy McGinnis
J.Randy McGinnis

Professor of Science Education
University of Maryland College Park

Climate Science Specialties: Science Education

I am Coordinator of the Science Education Center and a tenured faculty member at the University of Maryland (UM). I am Principal Investigator (Research, UM subcontract) for MADE-CLEAR ( Previously, I served as a Principal Investigator (Research) for the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), a NSF funded mathematics and science teacher education program. More recently, I served as Project Director for the NSF funded research study Project NEXUS ( that studied the recruitment, preparation and retention of upper elementary/middle school science by bridging formal and informal science education. My research interests are in two primary areas, Science Teacher Education, with an emphasis on socioscientific issues and exceptionally, and Bridging Formal and Informal Science Education. My teaching practice (K-12 and Higher Education) extends from 1981. It includes science and mathematics instruction in middle school (Swaziland, Africa), high school (Bronx, NYC), and elementary (Oregon and Georgia). Since 1992, it includes pedagogy and educational research instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels (University of Georgia and UM).