PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
MS, University of Idaho
BS, University of Northern Colorado
Dr. Gerry Saunders is Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Secondary Teacher Education program. He has been a science educator in several capacities including high school biology teacher in Lincoln, Nebraska and college faculty member at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, University of Northern Colorado prior to joining the Unity College faculty in 2005.
In his role as a faculty member and his personal life, Gerry is a broad niche type of person. At Unity he teaches in the Interdisciplinary Core, biology and freshwater ecology, and a variety of classes for secondary science teaching majors. Personally he enjoys photography, canoeing, reading, and walking his dogs.
For the bean counters, Gerry has been cooperating teacher for over 20 student teachers, co-authored 29 journal articles, 4 book chapters, and 1 video. He has also made 30 presentations at national conferences, 88 presentations at state and regional conferences and lead over 100 professional development trainings in science and environmental education. In the area of mentoring, he has chaired 7 doctoral and 7 masters’ student committees, while serving on an additional 16 graduate research committees. At Unity College he has supervised 15 internships and 2 senior thesis projects. He has also been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $1.7 million grants.
Professionally Gerry’s work has been recognized by outstanding teaching awards from the University of Nebraska and the University of Northern Colorado. His work as an environmental educator was recognized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife as their Outstanding Facilitator in 1997. In 2011, Gerry received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Association for Science Teacher Educators.