Amy Cox-Petersen joined the faculty in 1998 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Science Education. She received a BS and MA in Education at East Carolina University. Her research interests include teacher knowledge and informal science learning in museum and field settings.
She has published articles in Science Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Science Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, and Science & Education. She presents regularly at professional meetings including AERA, ASTE, and NARST. One of her articles, “Empowering Science Teachers as Researchers and Inquirers” was awarded Best Paper at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2001 annual meeting. She was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Science Teacher Award at the four-year college level by the California Science Teachers Association. In addition, she has authored two books, Educational Partnerships: Connecting, Schools Families and the Community (Sage, 2010) and Teaching Science to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Elementary Students (Allyn & Bacon, 2011).
At Cal State Fullerton she teaches courses in Elementary Science Methods as part of the Multiple Subjects Credential Program. She also teaches Graduate Studies in Elementary Science Education, Curriculum Theory and Development, and Educational Partnerships as part of the Masters Degree Program. She taught elementary and middle school students for ten years in both inner city and suburban settings before entering higher education.