Robert V. Steiner

Dr. Robert Steiner, faculty of the Master's in Arts of Teaching program lakeside with mountains in the distance.
Director, Online Teacher Education Programs

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  • Yale University, Ph.D., 1985
  • Yale University, M.S., M. Phil., 1980
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1978

Research Interests

Dr. Robert V. Steiner directs online teacher education at the American Museum of Natural History, including its signature Seminars on Science program. His focus is on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of accessible, innovative and effective online and blended programs. The Museum’s partnerships with higher education institutions and other organizations have provided cutting-edge science to over 6,000 teachers across the United States and around the world during the past decade.

Dr. Steiner has published and presented widely on online science education at both the national and international level. Dr. Steiner also teaches at both the City University of New York and Columbia Teachers College.  He is passionate about the purposeful use of educational technologies. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 scientific publications.

Teaching Experience 

Faculty Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Queens College, City University of New York, 2009–present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program in Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1998–present
  • Guest Faculty, Science Division, Sarah Lawrence College, 2002–2003
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Adelphi University, 1989–1996

Courses Taught

  • Adelphi University: Undergraduate—Mechanics, thermodynamics, advanced physics laboratory, electronics laboratory, astrophysics, electromagnetism & optics, 1989–1996
  • Graduate—Nuclear physics, Elementary particle physics, mechanics, electromagnetism & optics
  • Sarah Lawrence College—The Quantum Universe, Philosophical Concepts in Physics, 2002–2003
  • Teachers College—Introductory Physics, 1998-2002; Informal Science Education, 2003-2011
  • Queens College—Electromagnetism & Optics (undergraduate & graduate), 2008-2009; Introductory Physics Laboratory, 2008–2010; Introductory Physics Sequence (Calculus-based), 2011


  • “Online Science Education Resources”, American Association of Physics Teachers (Summer Meeting), Portland, OR, July 19, 2010
  • “Enhancing Science Learning with Technology Resources” [Panel Presentation], New York Academy of Sciences, May 17, 2010
  • “Beyond Bells and Whistles: Online Resources for Deepening STEM Literacy”
  • [Panel Presentation], National Science Teachers Association 2010 National Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2010
  • “Online Astronomy Resources from the American Museum of Natural History” American Physical Society (April Meeting), Washington, DC, February 15, 2010
  • “Online Teacher Professional Development”, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill 2010 Science Symposium, University of Michigan, Dearborn, January  30, 2010
  • “e-Learning”, Panel Presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums, Philadelphia, PA, May 3, 2009
  • “Online Science Professional Development for International Baccalaureate Teachers”, International Baccalaureate North America 27th Annual Regional Conference, San Francisco, CA, July 19, 2008.
  • “Online Professional Development: Program Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation”, Professional Development Institute of the National Science Education Leaders Association, Boston, MA, March 26, 2008.