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John Madsen is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Delaware. He is a co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Project "Improvement of Science Education in Vocational Technical High Schools through Collaborative Learning and Coteaching". He is also the Principal Investigator for the NSF Teacher Professional Continuum Project “Development of Pedagogical Content Knowledge and the Transition from University Student to Teacher” and for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Project “Benthic and Sub-Benthic Mapping of the Delaware Estuary.” John completed his undergraduate degree in geology from Iowa State University and his doctorate in geological oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. His research interests focus on coastal and estuarine geophysics and preservice teacher education focusing on earth science content knowledge. He is a faculty fellow at UD’s Mathematics and Science Educational Resource Center and is currently working on the revision to the State of Delaware’s 9th grade earth’s systems curriculum. He works with 6th grade teachers in the State of Delaware on teaching the Earth History unit curriculum. He is co-chair of UD’s Sustainability Task Force and chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the University Faculty Senate.