Larry Flick serves as the Dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University. His academic and research interests include the psychology of concept formation in science and mathematics and methods of teaching where teachers attend to student thinking, orient students to each other in structured discussion of big scientific and mathematical ideas, and position students for equal access to worthwhile tasks and classroom discourse. Recently, he has been examining the role of context in establishing purpose for learning science and studying the kinds of cognitive and social resources afforded by the setting. His current research uses analysis of classroom teaching, structured interviews, structured observation protocols, and quantitative methods for studying learning environments and professional learning communities.
Larry Flick earned a Ph.D. in Science Education from Indiana University after teaching at the elementary and middle school levels for 12 years, Dr. Flick also holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University, an M.A.T. from Northwestern. He holds a Professorship of Science Education in the College of Science. Dr. Flick has been a board member for the Council for Elementary Science International, National Science Teachers Association, and the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science. He has served on the editorial board of Journal for Research in Science Teaching, the Journal for Science Teacher Education, and a co-editor editor for the journal School Science and Mathematics.
Dr. Flick has received competitive funding from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Education managed through the Oregon ESEA Title IIB Math/Science Partnership. He has also received funding from the Department of Energy and Westinghouse Corporation.
He is eager to begin developing the College of Education foci on STEM education and cultural and linguistic diversity.