Dr. Simon Jorgenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. Previously, he worked as a classroom teacher and Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Currently, he teaches courses in social studies education and science education and serves as a field supervisor for pre-service teachers. His courses are designed around John Dewey's experiential approach to teaching and learning. As a researcher, he is interested in the convergence of K-12 STEM education and environmental education. He is also interested in teachers' lived experiences, including how they understand and enact educational policies. His dissertation examined environmental projects at two specialized STEM schools in a state recognized for its innovative approach to STEM education policy.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Policy; History, Philosophy, Sociology of Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)


Selected Publications

  • Jorgenson, S. (2015). An inquiry into the pedagogical implications of Dewey's ecological thinking. Bank Street Occasional Paper Series, (32), 54-62.
  • Jorgenson, S. (2013). The logic of school gardens: A phenomenological study of teacher rationales. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, (29), 121-135.
  • Jorgenson, S. (2011). Green pedagogy in a culture of decay: A post-ecological vision. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, (27), 48-61.

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

Simon Jorgenson


    • Ph.D. in Educational Studies from The University of Cincinnati
    • M.A. in English from Middlebury College
    • M.A. in Educational Studies from The University of Cincinnati
    • B.A. in English from The University of Vermont


    Email: Simon.Jorgenson@uvm.edu
    Phone: (802) 656-4096
    Office: 534C Waterman

    Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

    Lab Experience in Inquiry; Social Education and Social Studies