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About Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is a senior lecturer in the media studies and science education programs in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education. A former middle school science teacher, Goodman focuses his research and creative interests on the intersection of the arts and sciences. His ongoing project, Human Wonder Research, explores science, human perception, the philosophy of mind, teaching and media arts. His Human Wonder Research Physics Playground has been featured on CBS' Innovation Nation and the Discovery Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science.

In addition to teaching at Appalachian, Goodman is active in the public schools and taught high school biology for a year in Yancey County, North Carolina. He continues to lead workshops and give presentations on science, media arts and technology through Appalachian's Math Science Education Center, the NC GEAR UP program, the North Carolina Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education, Penland School of Crafts and other organizations.

Courses he teaches at Appalachian include Methods of Elementary Science Teaching, Build it! STEM Education for the Elementary School, Introduction to Sight and Sound, Multimedia and Mind, Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, Documentary Film, Video Production, Photography and other media courses. He lives in Celo, North Carolina, with his wife, two cats and 14 chickens.

Areas of Expertise
Teacher and Science
STEM and STEAM education
Technology and society, media literacy, science and the arts, neuroscience and learning


Present Faculty Member, Appalachian State University Reich College of Education
Present Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Honors and Awards

  • Student Government Association’s Reich College of Education Professor of the Year, Appalachian State University, 2017
  • Nominee for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year, 2014
  • Nominee for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year, 2014
  • North Carolina Association of Residence Halls Silver Seymour Award, 2013
  • Reich College of Education Community of Practice Award (Shared with Science Education faculty), Appalachian State University, 2013
  • Faculty and Academic Development Best Practice Nomination, Appalachian State University, 2013
  • Reich College of Education Community of Practice Award (Individual), Appalachian State University, 2012
  • Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Award, Appalachian State University, 2011
  • Rennie W. Brantz First Year Seminar Teaching Award, Appalachian State University, 2009


  • CI 4810 Introduction to Sight and Sound
  • CI 2300 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age


M.A., App State University ‐ Educational Media
B.A., Harvard College ‐ Biology

Contact Information

Phone 828-262-2176