James B. Short


Director, Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Education Department

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  • Teachers College, Columbia University, Ed.D., 2006
  • Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, M.Ed., 1989
  • Rhodes College, B.S., 1987

Professional Experience

With ten years of classroom teaching experience in K-12 schools, Dr. Short has been involved in science education for over twenty years. His professional interests include inquiry-based learning and teaching, immersive professional development, educative instructional materials, collaborations between informal science education institutions and schools, and the development of science leadership teams in schools and districts. In addition to teaching middle and high school science, Dr. Short directed a national science curriculum and implementation center at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and led the redesign of the K-12 science program in Denver Public Schools. His professional development experience includes working with school systems and science teachers from several urban school districts across the country.

Teaching Experience

  • Science Education Instructor, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2005-2006
  • Science Department Chair and Biology Instructor, The Packer Collegiate Institute, 1993-1999
  • Science Department Chair and Biology Instructor, Albany Academy for Girls, 1991-1993
  • Biology Instructor, Episcopal High School, 1989-1991


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