Jon Pedersen is currently the Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, and is the author of over one hundred publications[P. St. G.1] , most of which focus on science teaching and/or the incorporation of social issues into the extant curriculum. He has published/edited 16 books[P. St. G.2] , been primary and co-primary investigator of numerous grants (over $10 million in funded activities), and supported projects on science curricula development, science in-service education, middle level education, and international education. His interest in the application of science knowledge as it pertains to relevant social issues is greatly influenced by his foundation in the agricultural sciences and his early years growing up in rural Nebraska.
Pedersen’s focus has been on promoting interdisciplinary collaborations to advance basic, applied and translational research and to enhance research and creative activities.; He is also passionate about developing and mentoring individuals to build team strengths; mobilizing individuals toward a vision for the future and capitalizing on college and institutional strengths and support.
Over the years, Pedersen has worked in more than a dozen countries around the world. Most notably is his work in Bolivia, South America assisting teachers in the rural areas of the country to understand how science relates to the lives of the children in these communities.
Pedersen is very active in several professional organizations including: The Nebraska Association for Science Teachers (NATS, Past President), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA, Affiliate Representative to the Board), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE, Past President), American Association for Teacher Education (AACTE), Organization of Institutional Affiliates (OIA) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
In addition to his own scholarship, he is motivated by seeking opportunities to empower [P. St. G.3] those who are inspired by a passion to serve children, youth, families, schools, or communities. Dr. Pedersen has developed and provided leadership for innovative programs for faculty and PK-16 education.