Director, Online Teacher Education Programs
American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Robert V. Steiner directs online teacher education at the American Museum of Natural History, including its signature Seminars on Science program. His focus is on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of accessible, innovative and effective online and blended programs. The Museum’s partnerships with eight higher education institutions, the National Science Teachers Association, International Baccalaureate and other organizations have provided cutting-edge science to over 10,000 teachers across the United States and around the world during the past fifteen years. Prior to his work at the Museum, Dr. Steiner led the development of the first graduate online courses at Columbia Teachers College. He has published and presented widely on online and blended science education at both the national and international level. Dr. Steiner also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Physics at Queens College as well as in the Program in Science Education at Teachers College. He has also taught at Adelphi University and Sarah Lawrence College. He is passionate about the purposeful use of educational technologies in classrooms and teaching laboratories and is also the co-author of Mathematics for Physics Students. He has served as the Chair of the Committee on Educational Technologies of the American Association of Physics Teachers and currently serves as a member of the American Physical Society’s Committee on Informing the Public. He has a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in experimental elementary particle physics from Yale University. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 scientific publications.