Dr. Kisiel is a Professor of Science Education at California State University Long Beach and over the past 15 years, he has engaged both undergraduate and graduate students in their study of science teaching, the nature of science and learning in informal environments. He also developed and currently oversees the informal education option of the MS in Science Education offered by the Science Education department at CSULB. He received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, following an M.S. in Chemistry from UCLA. Prior to his appointment at CSULB, he worked as an Education Program Coordinator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and prior to that, taught high school chemistry and physics at an inner city Archdiocesan high school, also in Los Angeles.
Dr. Kisiel’s research and evaluation work spans a variety of areas of science education, including family learning experience in informal settings and public/visitor understanding of challenging topics such as evolution and environmental issues. Much of his effort has focused on understanding the interface between formal and informal science learning settings, including field trip experiences, and exploring the challenges of and opportunities for collaboration between these two sectors.
He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Visitor Studies and has recently been appointed Editor for the ‘Science Learning in Everyday Life’ Section of the journal Science Education.