Areas of Expertise:
Environmental education, teacher preparation, curriculum design and evaluation, interdisciplinary science, improving undergraduate education, integration of the liberal arts and sciences, museums and informal cultural institutions in formal education.
Growing up near the beach in southern Queens, Eleanor Miele witnessed both the beauty of nature and the environmental degradation that confronted the growing city in the 1960s. As a scientist and educator, her work at the College has been informed by these childhood experiences, with a focus on learning outside the classroom. Miele aims to increase motivation, skills and confidence in science teaching among elementary educators as well as teachers of middle and high school science. Toward this end she has forged numerous partnerships with cultural institutions to collaborate in teacher preparation. With the American Museum of Natural History she has developed courses and summer institutes and received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Toyota Foundation. Miele has also developed strong ties with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the National Parks of New York Harbor and the New York Hall of Science.