Experienced Faculty

Science Education majors work closely with faculty who share their expertise with their students as well as with teachers in public schools. Elon faculty conduct workshops for students and teachers in public schools, assist local teachers in planning and judging science fair projects, and work with the community on water quality issues and other environmental concerns.


Dr. David Gammon’s major field of interest is bioacoustics (study of the sounds of organisms). He conducts interdisciplinary research related to the public understanding of science and balancing the desire for high human living standards with environmental constraints over the long term. He is also the organizer of Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Cafe.  Every month a professional scientist visits a local restaurant to discuss cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without technical jargon.

Dr. Karl Sienerth regularly mentors Elon students conducting research and performs chemistry magic shows at SciWorks and local elementary schools.

Dr. Janet MacFall works with students and community leaders to examine the water quality of rivers near campus.

Dr. Terry Tomasek is the Science Education Coordinator. She has considerable experience teaching in middle grades and at the high school level. She currently works with high school students through the Elon Academy, Elon University’s college access and success program. Dr. Tomasek is a Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-million dollar National Science Foundation grant to bring herpetology education to high school students across the state of North Carolina.