Dr. Judith Sweeney Lederman is a Professor and Director of Teacher Education in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL. She has been the Curator of Education at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium in Providence, Rhode Island, and Science Director of K-8 science education for 10 Rhode Island school districts. She has taught middle and secondary level physics and biology, as well as bilingual elementary science.
Dr. Lederman has over 600 national and international presentations/publications on the teaching and learning of Scientific Inquiry and Nature of Science in both formal and informal settings. She is co-editor for the Journal of Science Teacher Education, an author for a National Geographic elementary science book series and co-authored an elementary science teaching methods text. Dr. Lederman was a Fulbright Fellow working in South Africa with teachers at the Cradle of Humankind. Dr. Lederman is presently on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST). She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is past president of the Council for Elementary Science International (CESI).
Most recently, she was awarded the 2018 Svend Pederson Award for Science Education, from Stockholm University, an award that honors a researcher who has made major and lasting contributions to science education. Additionally, Dr. Lederman received the 2019 NSTA Fellow Award for her contributions to science education.