Our Mission

The Department of Science Education at California State University, Chico is committed to providing the North State with the highest quality science education for all learners, programs for teacher subject matter preparation and professional development, and research on teaching and learning to promote scientific appreciation and understanding.

Faculty and Staff


Julie Monet
Julie Monet
Joint Appt: GEOS

Department Chair

Julie Monet earned her Ed.D. in Science Education from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Applied Geosciences from San Francisco State University, and her B.S. in Geology from Sonoma State University. Since arriving on the CSU Chico campus she has held a joint position in both the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department and the Department of Science Education. She has served as the director for the Master’s in Science Teaching Program, and is highly regarded in her efforts to promote science learning in informal learning environments through her collaboration with the Gateway Science Museum. Dr. Monet’s research interests are in pedagogical and content knowledge preparation of teachers; Geoscience education research and metacognition. 

Anne Stephens

Anne Stephens

Anne Stephens earned her Ph.D. in Science Education from UC, Davis, a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at CSU, Chico, and her B.S. in Biological Studies from UC, Davis. She joined the Department of Science Education in 2014 after spending five years as a consultant in the STEM Office at the California Department of Education where she served as the statewide coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. A secondary science teacher for 23 years, Anne has been recognized with several awards including Region 2 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools. She currently serves on the advisory boards for the Gateway Science Museum, California Project WET and Project Learning Tree.  Her research interests focus on how students develop environmental action competence in both formal and informal settings.

Ben Van Dusen

Ben Van Dusen

Ben Van Dusen earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Science Education from the University of Oregon, and his B.A. in Physics at UC, Berkeley. 

Becoming the newest member of Chico State's Science Education Department in the Fall of 2015, Ben's work is driven by a desire to help students discover the joy, beauty, and transformative powers of science.

Prior to joining the faculty at Chico State, Ben has served as a science education researcher, K-16 science teacher, science policy advisor, and grant writer. Most recently Ben worked at CU Boulder as a post-doctoral fellow researching the impact of Learning Assistants on students in higher education institutions around the globe. Ben is also researching the role that the physical and social structures of science learning environments play in shaping the emergence of motivation to engage in science. Ben earned his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, his MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon, and his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction – Science from CU Boulder. He had the privilege of being awarded the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, which allowed him to advise on educational issues at the National Science Foundation. Ben's strong belief in the value of creating balance in life has led him to engage in a range of extracurricular activities, including competing as a professional disc golfer, regularly playing ultimate frisbee, and creating art that brings together science and aesthetic beauty.


Kelli Albertson

Kelli Albertson

Kelli Albertson earned her B.S. in Physical Science with concentrations in Geology and Astronomy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her M.S. in Geosciences from CSU, Chico. Kelli joined the Department of Science Education in 2014; prior to that she taught Astronomy with the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Kelli’s research experience includes working for the World Health Organization on the International Radon Project - Indoor Air Quality and working for NASA’s Institute of Astrobiology at Arizona State University on magnetotactic bacteria identification and magnetite isolation. Kelli enjoys teaching science to non-science majors and wants each of her students to have a fun and positive experience with science in her classroom.

Tanya HeastonTanya Heaston

Tanya Heaston earned her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and B.S. in Biology at CSU, Chico.  She is a lecturer and coordinator of the Hands-On Lab in Science Education. Tanya is also the Advisor for the Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association at Chico State.

Jeremy MillerJeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and is a credentialed High School Biology Teacher. He has served as an 8th grade classroom science teacher and has held positions as an outdoor educator, curriculum designer, and lead teacher at outdoor science schools in Colorado, California, Oregon, New York and Switzerland. Jeremy enjoys gardening, backpacking, creek-walking, chicken raising, bike-commuting, blackberry picking, writing and singing nonsense songs with his two daughters.


Barbara Paquin

Having worked at CSU, Chico since 1989, Barbara joined the Department of Science Education in January 2014 as Administrative Support Coordinator, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Department.