Assistant Professor

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, Jorgenson 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.


Jorgenson, S. N. (2016). Green pedagogy: How STEM teachers understand and enact environmental projects. Environmental Education Research, 22, 452-453.

Beckett, G. H., Hemmings, A., Maltbie, C., Wright, K., Sherman, M., Sersion, B., & Jorgenson, S. N. (2015). An evaluation of the CincySTEM iTEST projects: Experience, peer support, professional development, and sustainability. Journal of STEM Teacher Education,50, 3-17.

Jorgenson, S. N. (2015). An inquiry into the pedagogical implications of Dewey’s ecological thinking. Bank Street Occasional Paper Series, 32, 54-62.

Jorgenson, S. N. (2013). The logic of school gardens: A phenomenological study of teacher rationales. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 29, 121-135.

Jorgenson, S. N. (2011). Green pedagogy in a culture of decay: A post-ecological vision. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27, 46-61.

Johnson L. J., Jorgenson, S. N., Sharp, M., & Burris, S. (2008). “Strive” for college access and success. Metropolitan Universities, 19, 23-28.

Associations and Affiliations

American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Society for the Study of Curriculum History (SSCH), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for Experiential Education (AEE)

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational policy
  • History, philosophy and sociology of education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)


  • 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


  • 802-656-4096
Office Location:

Waterman Building RM 533