Mercyhurst University

Paul Ashcraft

Physics Department Chair

Zurn 212

(814) 824-2615

Paul Ashcraft is ABD in Curriculum and Instruction at The Pennsylvania State University where he worked with pre-service elementary science teachers, winning a national award for the Best Paper on Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers in 2004.  He earned his M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from SUNY Albany working with the National Lightning Detection Network, has graduate work at Columbia University with the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, earned a B.S. from Texas A&M in Meteorology, and earned a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics (with a PA Teaching Certificate) from Clarion University of PA.

Prof. Ashcraft’s research focus is physics education research, understanding how students learn and how to best incorporate technology into laboratory situations.  He is past-President of the Western PA chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences.

Prof. Ashcraft teaches General Physics I/II, Principles of Physics I/II, various physics labs and Energy Science.

After teaching his Energy Science students about emission-free vehicles, he recently replaced his commuting vehicle with a Nissan Leaf.  He enjoys the culture, arts, restaurants, and local sports that the Erie area offers.