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 integrated STEM courses in Maryland’s Public School System. 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 is an Authorized OSHA Trainer for General Industry and serves on the Safety Advisory Board for the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). He has also served on committees at the state and national level that developed the new PreK-12 science, technology, and engineering standards. In recognition of his work, Dr. Love has received awards from professional organizations such as the ITEEA and TEEAP. Prior to Dr. Love's arrival at Penn State Harrisburg he was a tenured associate professor and program coordinator 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 Dr. Love’s curriculum vitae.

    Asempapa, R. S., & Love, T. S. (2021). Teaching math modeling through 3D-printing: Examining the influence of an integrative professional development. School Science and Mathematics, 121(2), 85-95. 

    Love, T. S., Roy, K. R., & Sirinides, P. (2021). What factors have the greatest impact on safety in Pennsylvania’s T&E courses? Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania Journal, 69(1), 5-22.

    Love, T. S., & Griess, C. J. (2020). Rosie revere's orangutan dilemma: Integrating computational thinking through engineering practices. Science and Children, 58(2), 70-76.

    Love, T. S., & Wells, J. G. (2018). Examining correlations between the preparation experiences of U.S. technology and engineering educators and their teaching of science content and practices. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 28(2), 395-416. 

    Love, T. S. (2017). Perceptions of teaching safer engineering practices: Comparing the influence of professional development delivered by technology and engineering, and science educators. Science Educator, 26(1), 1-11.

    Roy, K. R., & Love, T. S. (2017). Safer makerspaces, fab labs and STEM labs: A collaborative guide! 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
    EDUC 591: Education Seminar