Douglas Wayne Huffman

Primary office:
347 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Douglas Huffman is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Huffman joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2002 coming to the university from the University of Minnesota. He has a background in civil engineering, science education, and program evaluation. His primary area of research is assessment and evaluation in science education. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on numerous National Science Foundation grants, including his most recent research grant, 'Linking Cognitive Science, Measurement Theory, and Evaluation in the Development of Scientific Reasoning.' He has also evaluated numerous National Science Foundation projects including the Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (CETP), State Systemic Initiatives (SSI), and the Collaborative Evaluation Communities (CEC). Dr. Huffman has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and has published his work in journals such as the American Journal of Evaluation, New Directions for Evaluation, and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., C&I - Science Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994
  • M. Ed, Teaching Science & Mathematics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford Universtiy, Palo Alto, California, 1985


Elementary science education with emphasis in assessment and evaluation

Dept Number Course Name Syllabus
C&T 349 Teaching Science in the Elementary School syllabus
An update on C&T faculty-conducted research: Last May, Dr. Barbara Bradley was awarded a $135,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to study young children's development of financial and college-bound identities. The project is collaborative with researchers from the School of Social Welfare, the Departments of Sociology and Linguistics, & the School of Education. Her study is part of a larger project providing savings accounts and financial education to kindergartners in the LPS and following the children and their family members for several years to look at outcomes related to financial and college-bound identity formation in 2 experimental groups and one control group.
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Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award