NIU is one of few institutions offering geoscience graduate degrees with an emphasis on geoscience education. M.S. and Ph.D. students in my research group will be required to complete education research methodology and statistics coursework appropriate to their project. I encourage applications from students with an undergraduate or M.S. degree in the geosciences. Students with unique backgrounds in teaching, psychology, etc. will be required to complete geoscience coursework to ensure their content knowledge is well grounded in the geosciences. It may also be possible to pursue secondary teacher licensure concurrently while completing an extended M.S. program.
Please contact me for more information about my current research activities and student funding opportunities.
Kreager, B.Z., LaDue, N.D., Shipley, T.F. and Hampton, B.A. (In press, December 2021). The Sequence Stratigraphic Spatial Training Framework. Geosphere
Cline, C.G, Santuzzi, A.M., Samonds, K.E., LaDue, N.D., Bergan-Roller, H.E. (2021). Assessing Value for Learning Communication Skills in Undergraduate Students. Anatomical Sciences Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/ase.2144
James, N., and LaDue, N.D. (2021). Pedagogical Reform in an Introductory Chemistry Course and the Importance of Curricular Alignment. Journal of Chemical Education.
Goldwater, M.B., Gentner, D., LaDue, N.D., and Libarkin, J.C., (2021). Analogy Generation in Science Experts and Novices. Cognitive Science, 45.
LaDue, N. D., Ackerman, J. R., Blaum, D., and Shipley, T. F. (2021). Assessing Water Literacy: Undergraduate Student Conceptions of Groundwater and Surface Water Flow. Water, 13(5), 622.
LaDue, N. D., McNeal, P. M., Ryker, K., St. John, K., and van der Hoeven Kraft, K. J. (2021). Using an engagement lens to model active learning in the geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-33.
James, N. M., Kreager, B. Z., and LaDue, N. D. (2021). Predict-observe-explain activities preserve introductory geology students’ self-efficacy. Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-12.
Lombardi, D., Shipley, T. F., Astronomy Team (Bailey, J. M, Bretones, P. S., Prather, E. E.), Biology Team (Ballen, C. J., Knight, J. K., Smith,, M. K.), Chemistry Team (Stowe, R. L., Cooper, M. M.), Engineering Team (Prince, M.), Geography Team (Atit, K., Uttal, D. H.), Geoscience Team (LaDue, N. D., McNeal, P. M., Ryker, K., St. John, K., van der Hoeven Kraft, K. J.), and Physics Team (Docktor, J. L.) (2021). The curious construct of active learning. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 22(1), 8-43.
Rupnow, R. L., LaDue, N. D., James, N. M., and Bergan-Roller, H. E. (2020). A perturbed system: How tenured faculty responded to the COVID-19 shift to remote instruction. Journal of Chemical Education, 97(9), 2397-2407.
Kreager, B. Z., and LaDue, N. D. (2020). Seeing like a geologist: How expertise and context impact frame of reference judgments. GSA Today, 30(5).
McNeal, K., Ryker, K., Whitmeyer, S., Giorgis, S., Atkins, R., LaDue, N., Clark, C., Stoltis, N., and Pingel, T. (2019). A Multi-Institutional Study of Inquiry-Based Lab Activities using the Augmented Reality Sandbox: Impacts on Undergraduate Student Learning. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.
McNeal, P.M., Petcovic, H.P., LaDue, N.D., and Ellis, T.D. (2019) Identifying Significant Cognitive Factors for Practicing and Learning Meteorology. Journal of Operational Meteorology, 7(1).
LaDue, N.D. and Shipley T.F. (2018). Click-On-Diagram Questions: A New Tool to Study Conceptions using Classroom Response Systems. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 27(6), 492-507.
Callahan, C., LaDue, N.D., Baber, L., Sexton, J., van der Hoeven Kraft, K., and Zamani-Gallaher, E. (2017). Theoretical Perspectives on Increasing Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Students in the Geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education Special Issue: Synthesizing Results and Defining Future Directions of Geoscience Education Research, 65 (4), 563-576.
Cheek, K.A., LaDue, N.D., and Shipley, T.F. (2017). Learning about Spatial and Temporal Scale: Current Research, Psychological Processes, and Classroom Implications. Journal of Geoscience Education Special Issue: Synthesizing Results and Defining Future Directions of Geoscience Education Research, 65, 455-472.
LaDue, N.D., Libarkin, J.C., and Thomas, S.R. (2015). Visual Representations on High School Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics Assessments. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 1-17.
LaDue, N.D., and Manning, C.B. (2015). Next Generation Science Standards: A Call to Action for the Geoscience Community, GSA Today, 25(2).
LaDue, N.D. and Pacheco, H.A. (2013). Critical Experiences for Geologists: Emergent Themes in Interest Development. Journal of Geoscience Education. 61(4), 428-436.
LaDue, N.D. and Clark, S.K. (2012). Educator Perspectives on Earth System Science Literacy: Challenges and Priorities. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60(4), 372-383.
Wysession, M.E., LaDue, N., Budd, D.A., Campbell, K., Conklin, M., Kappel, E., Lewis, G., Raynolds, R., Ridkey, R.W., Ross, R.M., Taber, J., Tewksbury, B., and Tuddenham, P. (2012). Developing and Applying a Set of Earth Science Literacy Principles. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60(2), 95-99.
Hambrick, D.Z., Libarkin, J., Petcovic, H.L., Baker, K.M., Elkins, J., Callahan, C.N., Turner, S.P., Rench, T.A., and LaDue, N.D. (2012). A test of the circumvention-of-limits hypothesis in scientific problem solving: The case of geological bedrock mapping. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(2): 397-403.
Geoscience Education, Spatial Thinking, K-12 Teacher Education
Earth and Space Science Educator Licensure
Davis Hall 302C
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, 2013
M.A.T., Secondary Science Teaching, Cornell University, 2001
B.S., Geology, University at Albany (SUNY), 1999