Greg Stefanich, Ed.D.

Professor - Elementary Education
(319) 273-2073
(319) 273-5886
Office Location: 

SEC 635

Mailing Address: 

635 Schindler Education Center
1222 West 27th St.
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606


1971 Ed.D. University of Montana
1968 M.S. University of Minnesota
1965 B.S. University of Minnesota-Duluth

Areas of Expertise 

Science Education
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities in Science

Research Interests 

Science Education
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities in Science

Courses Taught 

Science Methods

Honors & Awards 

* Apple Polisher Award - Student Admission Ambassadors Universtiy of Northern Iowa (2011)
* Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (2006)
* Distinguished President Award, Iowa-Nebraska District of Kiwanis International (2006)
* Induction as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005)
* Phillip G. Hubbard Outstanding Educator Award, University of Northern Iowa (2003)
* Induction into the Iowa Academy of Education, Iowa FINE Foundation (2002)
* Ross A. Nielsen Distinguished Professional Service Award, University of Northern Iowa (1998)
* College of Education Excellence in Service Award, University of Northern Iowa (1996)
* Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Northern Iowa (1994)
* Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, Iowa Board of Regents (1993)
* R. P. Brimm Award for outstanding contributions to middle level education in Iowa, (1983).
* President's Award for outstanding contributions to middle level education, National Middle School Association, (1981)

Professional Affiliations 

Association of Science Teacher Educators
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Science Teacher's Association
Iowa Academy of Science
Iowa Academy of Education
Phi Delta Kappa


* Martin, J. Hedrick, B. & Collins, K.Stefanich, G.P., (2011-2013). Midwestern Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Supplement, National Science Foundation, $ 285,000.
* Leddy, M.H., Miller, J. Stefanich, G.P., Hedrick, B. & Collins, K. (2006-2011).Midwestern Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, National Science Foundation, $ 3,000,000.
* Stefanich, G. P. (2007-2010) Adaptive Equipment and Supplies for Science and Mathematics Education: A Loan Pogram for Iowa Schools. Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, $ 128,691.
Stefanich, G.P. & Rule, A. (2008-2009). Planning for Success in STEM for Students with Disabilities: A Working Conference, Mathematics and Science Education Collaborative Initiative, $53,058.
* Inclusive Science Instruction, Iowa Eisenhower Grant Program, January, 2002 – June, 2003, $82,800.
* Improving Opportunities for Students with Disabilities Through Cooperative Dissemination, National Science Foundation February, 2001- June, 2003, $ 60,398.

Selected Publications 

Recent Contributions to Books & Monographs
Burgstahler, S, Stefanich G. and Stodden R.( In Press). College Students with Disabilities in STEM: Expanding Opportunities by Enhancing Communication of Evidence-Based Information with Stakeholders. Washington, D.C.: American Association for Advancement of Science.

Stefanich, G.P. (editor). (2007). Inclusive Science Strategies. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company.

Stefanich, G.P. (editor). (2007). The Ontogeny of Inclusive Science. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company.

McGuinnes, R. and Stefanich, G.P. (2007). Special needs and talents in science learning, In N. Lederman and J. Abel (eds.), Handbook of Research in Science Education AETS Special Publication. Mahwah, NJ, Erlbaum Publishers.

Stefanich, G.P. (2007, May). Educators that Make a Difference. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Higher Education, Russian State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Stefanich, G.P. (2007, July). Connecting Teaching and Learning. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Technology-based Learning with Disability, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Stefanich, G.P. (2007). Opportunities and Challenges Relating to High School and Postsecondary Science Education for Students with Disabilities, In Joann M. Vaske (ed.), Smoothing the Transition from High School to Successful Postsecondary Experiences, 2006 Invitational Working Conference Monograph. Des Moines, IA: First in the Nation in Education Foundation.

Sweeney-Lederman, J..and Stefanich, G. P. Addressing Disabilities in the Modern Educational Context in, L.B. Flick and N.G. Lederman (Eds.), 2005. Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science: Implications for Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Miner, D. (Ed.), (2002)). Teaching chemistry to students with disabilities. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society.

Recent Articles

Stefanich, G. P. (January, 2014). Making a difference. Science and Children. 51 (5), p. 8-9.

Rule, A. C., & Stefanich, G. P. (January-March, 2012). Using a thinking skills system to guide discussions during a working conference on students with disabilities pursuing STEM fields. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research , 13(1), p. 1-12.

Krueger, K.S. and Stefanich, G.P..(January, 2011). The School Librarian as an Agent of Scientific Inquiry for Students with Disabilities, Knowledge Quest, 39(3), p. 40-47.

Rule, A.C., Stefanich G.P., Boody, R.M., Peiffer, B. (2010 September 20th). Impact of Adaptive Materials on Teachers and their Students with Visual Impairments in Secondary Science and Mathematics Classes. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2010.506619