John Craven

John Craven - SM


Associate Professor and Principal Investigator for the Fordham University / Wildlife Conservation Society Robert Noyce Scholarship Program

113 West 60th Street
Room 1102
[email protected]

Dr. John Craven is Associate Professor of Education. He has an earned PhD from the University of Iowa in Science Education; an MS in Geology from the University of Memphis; a BS in Education from Memphis State University, and a BS in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.

He has a broad set of experiences working with youth in such settings as Covenant House, the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Tunisia, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum as a K-12 science specialist, and a high school teacher in Kolbe Cathedral High School (Bridgeport, CT).

His science research background includes having served as a research assistant for a small team of leading scientists at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) examining the paleoseismic record in the New Madrid seismic zone (central United States).

His current work in science education focuses on helping new science teachers develop understandings and skills for teaching the subject through inquiry in urban schools.

Dr. Craven is also Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded program, Fordham University/Wildlife Conservation Society Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. This program provides scholarships for qualified science majors and science professionals seeking a career change in education.

For information on the Fordham University programs in science education (including Adolescence Biology Education, Adolescence Chemistry Education, Earth Science Education, and Physics Education as well as middle school extensions for science teachers) or for information regarding funding/scholarship opportunities for science educators, Dr. Craven suggests emailing him at [email protected]

  • PhD, The University of Iowa

    MS, The University of Memphis

    BS, Memphis State University

    BS, University of Connecticut

  • Research Interests

    Critical Literacy in Science Education

    Science Teacher Beliefs

    Science Teaching and Learning

  • Grant Activities

    National Science Foundation: 2010, $967,000, Craven, J. (PI), Fordham University/Wildlife Conservation Society Robert Noyce Scholarship Program


    Farenga, S., Ness, D. & Craven, J. (2008). Water Harvesting, Part II: Working toward being green. Science Scope, March, 2008.

    Farenga, S., Ness, D. & Craven, J. (2008).Water Harvesting, Part I. Science Scope, January, 2008. 58–62.

    Craven, J . & Hogan, T.M. (2006). Beachcombing for Fossils. Science Scope, 30 (2), 66-69.

    Hogan, T.M., & Craven, J. (2005). Invasive species in your backyard: What you need to know about investigating the problems of space invaders. Science Scope, 29(3), 62-64.

    Craven, J. & Hogan, T.M. (2010). Resisting an unbecoming science. In D. Moss and T. Osborn (Eds.), Resistance in Education (pp. 201‐222). New York: Peter Lang.

    Craven, J. (2010). Thoughts from a Parent and Educator. Preface in Farenga, S., Ness, D., Johnson, B. & Johnson, D., The Importance of Average. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield (pp xv-xix).

    Hogan, T.M. & Craven, J. (2008). Disempowering The Authority of Science: Preparing Students for a Public Voice. Chapter in L. Wallowitz (Ed.), Reading As Resistance: Critical Literacies Across the Curriculum. New York, NY: Peter Lang (pp65-84).

    Craven, J. & Hogan, T. (2007). Science literacy, media literacy, and the Internet: Change forces in the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Book chapter in F. Blumberg (Ed.), When East meets West: Media research and practice in US and China. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

  • Community Resources for Science Education (CTGE5634)

    Integrating Math, Science and Technology (CTGE5275)

    Media and Technology in Science and Mathematics (CTGE6260)

    Science Curriculum and Instruction (CTGE5631)

    Student Teaching Adolescents: Research and Reflective Practice (CTGE5308)

    Teaching and Assessing Science (CTGE5271)

    Teaching Science and Technology to Children (CTGE5242)

    Theories and Practice of Curriculum and Teaching (CTGE6195)

  • Project WET, Trainer

    Project Wild/Aquatic Wild Trainer