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Dr. Peter Cormas


  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: University of Pittsburgh
  • Post Baccalaureate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Yale University
  • M.S. Geosciences: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ph.D. Science Education: The University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Cormas joined California University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and teaches science and mathematics education courses. He often centers his courses on problem-solving approaches. Problem-solving is central to the questions scientists and mathematicians ask, and it is important for teachers to understand and employ these approaches when teaching children. Dr. Cormas has published problem-solving lessons with undergraduate education majors in Science Scope, Science and Children, and Mathematics Teaching. 

Dr. Cormas also studies integrated courses and National Science Foundation STEM programs. His work has been published in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, and Science. He has presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education, American Educational Research Association, The Geological Society of America, and National Association for Research in Science Teaching annuals meetings.  

He is an Ethics Committee board member at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, has created professional development for K-12 geoscience educators through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, and is a research advisor for WQED. 

In his free time, Dr. Cormas enjoys playing bass guitar and soccer, listening to music, and following Pittsburgh sports teams.


  • EDE 771 - Teaching Elementary and Middle School Children Earth and Space Science
  • ELM 200 - Introduction to Middle Level Education
  • ELM 412 - Middle Level Field Experience


  • Cormas, P. C., (2016). Preservice Teachers’ Use of Learning Processes in an Integrated Course. (In preparation) 
  • Cormas, P. C., (2016). Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs of Standards–Based Teaching of Mathematics and Science in a Methodological and Process Integrated Course. (Under review) 
  • Cormas, P. C., (2016). Preservice Teachers' Reconciliation of an Epistemological Issue in an Integrated Mathematics/Science Methods Course. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (Forthcoming) 
  • Cormas, P. C., (2016). Sequenced Integration and the Identification of a Problem-Solving Approach through a Learning Process. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (Forthcoming)
  • Cormas, P. C., (2014). An Evolved Psychological Structure for Dealing, Food Sharing, and Mathematical Division. Psychological Topics, 23(2), 243-263 
  • Hurley, S., Murray, A., & Cormas, P. C., (2014). Friction in Different Languages. Science and Children, 51(8), 36-40 (co-authored with undergraduate students) 
  • Murphy, A., Terrizzi, M., & Cormas, P. C. (2012). Getting Beyond the Guess. Mathematics Teaching, 227, 27-30 (co-authored with undergraduate students) 
  • Cormas, P. C. (2011). Empirical Tests for NSF Classroom Programs. Science, 334 (6055), 453 
  • Cormas, P. C., & Barufaldi, J. B., (2011). The Effective Research-Based Characteristics of Professional Development of the National Science Foundation's GK-12 Program. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22(3), 255-272  
  • Anderson, L., Nobile, N., & Cormas, P. C., (2011). Tried and True: Teaching the Combined Gas Law. Science Scope, 35(1), 60-63 (co-authored with undergraduate students)
  • Cormas, P. C., (2009) An Introduction to Water Pressure. Science Scope, 32(9), 42-44 
  • Cormas, P. C., (2009) Maps, Representations of the Earth, and Biases. Middle Level Learning, 36, 8-11

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Childhood Education

Academic Program(s)

  • M.E. Elementary Education (with certification)
  • B.S. Education in Early Childhood/Middle Level Education Services
  • A.S. Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. Education in Middle Level (Grades 4-8) Education
  • B.S. Education in Pre-K - 4 Education
  • M.E. Elementary Education: STEM Education Track

Contact Information



Keystone Hall 319