Paul Wendel, Professor & Department Chair, Education

Paul Wendel



Roush Hall 442

Paul Wendel taught high school physics and mathematics for 18 years while earning master’s degrees in physics (Kent State, 2003) and education (University of Akron, 1998). Upon completing his Ph. D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Kent State, 2008), he joined the physics faculty of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he taught education, science, and research courses; served as planetarium director; and co-founded a farmer’s market. After three years he left Mansfield to become a teacher developer with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation in New Jersey. Now a member of the Education Department, Wendel will teach education, science, and research courses at Otterbein. His research interests include teaching and classroom management, shale gas extraction and sustainability issues. Wendel is married to Joyce and has one daughter, Emily. An avid bicycle commuter, he also enjoys running, chess and believes in sustainable living in his personal and professional life.


  • B.S. in Physics, Kent State University, 1988
  • M.S. in Education, University of Akron, 1998
  • M.A. in Physics, Kent State University, 2003
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction / Science Education, Kent State University, 2008

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Secondary and post-secondary STEM teaching practices
  • Inquiry teaching
  • Modeling instruction
  • Science and pseudoscience

Affiliations & Awards

  • Founding Board Member and Inaugural Conference Committee Chair, Ohio Project Kaleidoscope
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Association
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Ohio Middle Level Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Positive Discipline Association
  • Science Education Council of Ohio