Tyler S. Love, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Elementary/Middle Grades STEM Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Director, Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science (CAIMS)
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Olmsted Building, W331
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Dr. Love possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he taught secondary Technology and Engineering education courses in the Queen Anne's County and Howard County (Maryland) Public School Systems. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, with a focus on Integrative STEM Education and Higher Education Administration. While at Virginia Tech, Dr. Love helped deliver science and engineering instruction for elementary educators participating in the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) project. He is nationally recognized for his work related to the safer design of makerspaces and collaborative STEM labs. Dr. Love currently serves on the Safety Advisory Board for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is the editor of Safety Spotlight for the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) flagship journal. He has received awards from ITEEA and the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP) for his publications on STEM education. Prior to Dr. Love's arrival at Penn State Harrisburg, he was a tenured associate professor and coordinator of Technology and Engineering teacher preparation at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is a graduate of nearby Palmyra Area High School.

Research Interests

Examining teacher preparation and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) within Integrative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education

Safety and design related issues associated with makerspaces and collaborative STEM labs

Computational thinking and physical computing within STEM education applications


Selected recent publications. For a full list of publications, please refer to the CV linked under the Bio tab.

Love, T. S., & Greiss, C. J. (accepted). Rosie Revere’s orangutan dilemma: Integrating engineering design and computational thinking in the elementary classroom. Science and Children.

Love, T. S., Roy, K. R., & Marino, M. T. (2020). Inclusive makerspaces, fab labs, and STEM labs. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 79(5), 23-27.

Love, T. S., & Bhatty, A. (2019). The crumble: Integrating computer science through engineering design. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 79(2), 16-22.

Love, T. S. (2018, November). Perceptions of safety in makerspaces: Examining the influence of professional development . Paper presented at the 105th Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Conference, Nashville, TN. Retrieved from http://www.mississippivalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Perceptions-of-Safety-in-Makerspaces-Love.pdf

Love, T. S. (2018). The T&E in STEM: A collaborative effort. The Science Teacher, 86(3), 8-10.

Roy, K. R., & Love, T. S. (2017). Safer makerspaces, fab labs and STEM labs: A collaborative guide! Vernon, CT: National Safety Consultants, LLC. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-92408-2


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Virginia Tech)

Graduate Certificate Higher Education Administration (Virginia Tech)

Graduate Certificate Integrative STEM Education (Virginia Tech)

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Virginia Tech)

B.S. in Technology Education (University of Maryland Eastern Shore)

Course Schedule
EDUC 313: Secondary Education Field Observation
EDSCI 454: Elementary Science Education Methods
EDUC 586: Educational Research Designs