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Donna Governor, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 706-867-4481

Office: Dunlap Hall, 210A, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Science Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology, Informal Science Education, Earth & Environmental Education


Dr. Governor has degrees from the University of West Florida in elementary and early childhood education, and curriculum and instruction with a focus on instructional technology.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia in science education.  Dr. Governor spent 32 years teaching at all levels, K-12 before moving to higher education in 2016.  She is the 2007 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching for the state of Georgia and is a past president of the Georgia Science Teachers Association. Her interests include STEM education, integrated curriculum and informal science learning environments.  Dr. Governor works with preservice teachers in content and methodology courses.

Courses Taught

  • ISCI 2001 – Integrated Life/Earth Science
  • SIED 4184 – Elementary Science Methods
  • SIED 4500 – Science Methods


  • Ph.D. , Science Education, University of Georgia, 2011
  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Instructional Technology, University of West Florida, 1999
  • M.A., Early Childhood Education, University of West Florida, 1988
  • B.A., Elementary Education, University of West Florida, 1982

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Governor’s research interests include STEM education, informal science education and integrated curriculum.


  • Governor, D., Bowen, M. & Brunsell, E. 2016. Small Devices, Big Data.  NSTA Press.
  • Governor, D., Hall, J. & Jackson, D. 2012. Teaching and learning science through song: Exploring the experiences of students and teachers. International Journal of Science Education, (V35)18:3117-3140.
  • Governor, D. 2010. Mapping worlds. Classroom Astronomer (V1)3.
  • Governor, D., Cetin-Dindar, A., Doney, P., Harper,J., Jenkins,L., Ortiz-Blanco,C., &  Tippins, D. 2009. Solar paths: An international and integrated look at the sun and seasons. Science Scope, (V32)8.
  • Governor, D. 2007. Invite an alien to astronomy night. Science Scope, (V31)3.
  • Governor, D. & Helms, S. (2007) Books, biodiversity & beyond. Science Scope (V30)5.
  • Slater, T.,  Beaudrie, B., Cadtiz, Governor, D., Roettger, E., Stevenson, S., &  Tuthill G. 2001. A Systematic approach to improving K-12 astronomy education using NASA’s internet resources. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, (V20)2.

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