Science Education Center
Donald T. Powers, Ph.D.
Horrabin Hall, Rm. 61
Dr. Powers has a B.A. in Science Teaching (1971) and M.A. in Science Education (1984) from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (1990) with a Science Education emphasis from Kansas State University.
Don graduated from Delwood High School, Delmar & Elwood, Iowa. After attending UNI for a year he served in the Army for two years before returning to UNI to complete his education. He then taught junior high and high school science and mathematics for 8 years in Iowa (East Central High School, Miles, IA; Anamosa Junior High School, Anamosa, IA; and Grundy Center High School, Grundy Center, IA). While teaching he also coached girls basketball (six-on-six style), cross country, and softball.
In 1989 Don joined the faculty at WIU. He teaches Elementary Science Methods courses as well as introductory education courses. His focus on science is in the area of physical, earth, and environmental sciences. Along with the WIU Science Education faculty Dr. Powers regularly conducts undergraduate environmental workshops in Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and Project WET and recently added an astronomy workshop utilizing the STARLAB Portable Planetarium System to the schedule of workshops. He presents at national, state, and local conferences; presents numerous in-service teacher workshops; co-authored various books on the teaching of science; and co-directed a number of grants. He serves as the Director of the WIU Maurice G. Kellogg Center for Science Education and the Regional Director of the WIU Regional Illinois Science Olympiad. He has also been a past board member of the Illinois Science Teachers Association.