Benjamin Herman

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature of science and technology
  • Socioscientific decision-making
  • Science teacher education
  • Environmental education


Benjamin C. Herman holds a Ph.D. in Science Education with a minor in Statistics from Iowa State University. Ben has an extensive background in science and science teaching with a B.S. in Animal Ecology, an M.S. in Wildlife Resources, an M.A.T. in Science Education and experience as a certified science teacher in Iowa and Florida. His research addresses how sociocultural factors and epistemological beliefs about science and technology impact socioscientific decision-making, particularly regarding environmental issues, and how science education can better prepare people to critically engage in those issues. Ben’s scholarship has been recognized through several awards, including the prestigious NARST Early Career Research Award. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).