Joseph Krajcik

Joseph  Krajcik
  • Lappan-Phillips Professor of Mathematics and Science Education
  • Established through the Foundation in honor of Glenda Lappan and Elizabeth Phillips
  • Teacher Education


Joseph S. Krajcik is a University Distinguished Professor and the Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education. He is internationally known for his research on improving teaching and learning of science by designing, developing, implementing and testing innovative materials and environments that match evidence based research about how students learn. He is the director of CREATE for STEM, a joint institute between the Colleges of Natural Science, Education, Engineering and Lyman Briggs.

Krajcik received his Ph.D. in science education from the University of Iowa. He came to Michigan State as director of the CREATE for STEM Institute in 2011 after 21 years at the University of Michigan. Krajcik has authored more than 100 manuscripts; created curriculum materials, books and software; and frequently presents at international, national, and regional conferences. He also served as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching for five years.

Krajcik’s work has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Educational Research Association. He served as president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and received their Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award in 2010. In 2014, he received the George G. Mallinson Award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association for lifetime achievements in the science education field.