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G. Nathan Carnes, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Middle Level Education
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Department: Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-4868
Fax: 803-777-7970

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Nathan Carnes, Ph.D.


Nate Carnes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education (ITE) and Associate Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence. After several years of teaching science in Ohio elementary and middle classrooms, he joined the University of South Carolina in 1996. His research interests include inquiry teaching and learning issues in elementary and middle level science classrooms and preservice teachers' images of science teaching and learning. He primarily teaches science methods and classroom management courses. In addition to teaching, his service record includes serving on the international Association for Science Teacher Education and South Carolina Science Academy boards, Middle Level Program Coordinator, reviewer for international and national journals, and participation on College and ITE committees. He is a member of several science education and Middle Level professional organizations.

Academic Background

Ph.D., Educational Leadership. 1996. Major: Education Administration with an emphasis in science education. Dissertation Title: Investigating Change in Urban Middle School Teachers as a Result of Sustained Professional Development. Miami University, Oxford, OH.
M.Ed., Teacher Education, 1989. Major: Classroom Teacher, Science. Wright State University, Dayton, OH.
M.Ed., Wright State University, Dayton, OH. Teacher Education, 1985. Major: Classroom Teacher. Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

Selected Publications

Carnes, N. (2014). Mathematics, measurement, and data manipulation. In C.A. Wilson. (Ed.). Passing the state science proficiency tests: Essential content for elementary and middle school teachers. New York: University Press of America.

Carnes, G. N. (2013). Gaining insights into the middle level classroom through supervision. In M. Dias & C. J. Eick, L. Brantley- Dias (Eds.). Science teacher educators as K-12 teachers: Practicing what we teach. The Netherlands: Springer Publishing.

Carnes, G. N. (2013). Reconsideration of the DASTT-C. In J. E. Pedersen & K. D. Finson (Eds.). Visual data and its uses in science education. The Netherlands: Information Age Publishing.

Carnes, G.N. (2014). A Perspective on Exploring the terrain of Middle Level Education. Read the paper [pdf]. View presentation [ppt].


Carnes, G.N. (2021 conference). Engaging Middle Level Science Teacher Candidates Through the Use of Peer Carding. Association for Science Teachers Education. Salt Lake City, UT.

Pedersen, J., Carnes, G.N., Finson, & Thomas, J. (2021 conference). Drawing a Science Teacher Test: What We Know and Do Not Know. Association for Science Teachers Education. Salt Lake City, UT.

Carnes, G.N. (January, 2020). Perfecting a Vision for Improving Preservice Teachers’ Lesson Planning Competencies. Association for Science Teachers Education. San Antonio, TX.

Carnes, G.N. (October, 2019). Engaging secondary science teacher candidates through the use of peer carding. Southeastern Association for Science Teachers Education. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA.

Grant, A. & Carnes, G.N. (July 2019). Theoretical and Conceptual Approaches to Journalism Education. World Journalism Education Congress conference. Paris, France

Carnes, G.N., Lin, C-L, Vickery, B., & Colvin, M. (March, 2019). From the mouths of teacher candidates. South Carolina Association Middle Level Education. Myrtle Beach, SC.

Carnes, G.N., Mendez, F., Lotter, C. (January, 2019). Consideration of NSTA e-learning center scipacks for preparing middle level teacher candidates. Association for Science Teachers Education. Savannah, GA.

Lotter, C., Carnes, G.N., Marshall, J. (January, 2019). Teachers’ content knowledge, beliefs, and practice after a project-based professional development program with ultrasound scanning. Association for Science Teachers Education. Savannah, GA.

Selected Awards

2013 Southeast Association for Science Teacher Education Shrum Awardee; 2011 USC Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow; 2011 College of Education Service Award; 2007 ASTE Outstanding Science Teacher Educator

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