- Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2004
- M.Ed., University of Southern California, 1999
- B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1997
David F. Feldon is an associate professor of STEM Education and educational psychology at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Associate Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CASTL-HE). He teaches courses on research issues in STEM education, the cognitive psychology of education, and mixed methods research. His scholarship has been published in various journals, including Educational Psychologist, Educational Technology Research & Development, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, the Journal of Higher Education, and twice in Science.
Mr. Feldon’s research examines two lines of inquiry that are distinct but mutually supportive. The first characterizes the cognitive components of expertise as they contribute to effective and innovative problem solving as well as how they affect the quality of instruction that experts can provide. The second examines the development of research skills within STEM disciplines as a function of instruction and other educational support mechanisms. He also conducts some research into technology-facilitated instructional approaches and research methods for examining them.
Mr. Feldon earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology and his M.S. in instructional technology from the University of Southern California, completed his postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, and held tenure-track positions at the University of South Carolina and Washington State University prior to joining the Curry faculty. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University.