Erin Peters

Fellowship Placement: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr. Erin E. Peters-Burton is the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She was a National Board Certified science and mathematics secondary teacher for 15 years before she served as an Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow in 2006-2007 in NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Erin’s experiences have has helped inform her work as an educational researcher at George Mason University, where she is currently pursuing research projects in the nexus of the nature of science, student learning, science teacher pedagogical content knowledge, and educational psychology. She has served as a Principal Investigator for NSF-funded projects studying critical components of exemplary inclusive STEM high schools and STEM-focused elementary schools to better understand how integrated STEM education can be implemented successfully for all students. She is co-editor and one of the contributing authors of the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series published by National Science Teachers’ Association Press, which is a K-12 PBL curriculum series featuring integrated STEM content. In 2016 she was awarded the Association of Science Teacher Educators Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year in recognition of her work with the professional development of secondary science teachers. She is currently working with high school science teachers to develop interventions for improving students’ self-regulation of learning for science and engineering practices.