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G. Nathan Carnes, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Instruction and 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 Instruction and Teacher Education (ITE) and Program Coordinator for the Middle Level Education degree. 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].

Selected Awards

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

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