Dr. Haas, Director of Teacher Programs, has played an active role in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are intended to replace the 1996 National Science Education Standards. He has also served as Chair of the Geological Society of America's Geoscience Education Division and on the New York State Science Leadership Team for the NGSS.

Research Focus

Dr. Haas’s research is currently focused upon determining the fundamental ideas that are most important for everyone to understand about the Earth system and how to help educators nurture understandings of those ideas. He’s grown especially interested in technology-rich place-based education — an approach that engages learners in the close study of their local environment and using these locally grounded understandings to better understand the global Earth system. With work addressing teaching and learning about hydrofracking, climate change and evolution, he has also developed expertise in the teaching of controversial issues.

Instruction Focus

Dr. Haas’s instruction currently focuses on educator professional development especially as related to systems thinking using climate, energy and controversial issues as foci. His research and teaching target the same goals and involve the same strategies — using place-based and inquiry-oriented approaches to teaching and learning to build deep understandings of Earth system science and especially the big ideas that define the discipline.

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Honors, Awards, and Appointments

Distinguished Service Award, 2015, The New York State Earth Science Teachers' Association

International Representative, PromoScience, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2014 - present

Earth and Space Science Design Team for The Frameworks for K-12 Science Education, the National Research Council, 2009-2012.

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Colgate University, 2003-2007.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Cornell University, 2001-2003.

Visiting Assistant Professor & Director of Teaching Internships, Kalamazoo College, 1999-2001.