Marcinkowski, Tom

Education and Interdisciplinary Studies

Educational Background

B.A. St. Lawrence University 1976
M.S. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 1984
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 1988

Recognition & Awards

2010: Walter E. Jeske Award, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

1998: Crystal Vision Award, League of Environmental Educators in Florida

1994: Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education, NAAEE

Current Courses

EDS 5203, 5410, 5420, 5430, 5440, and 6000

Professional Experience

Acopian Chair, Graduate Program in Environmental Education, Science and Mathematics Education Department (1992 – present)

Member, Leadership Team, Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education Project (ECEEP), Cornell University's EPA-supported National Environmental Education Training Program

Chair, Accreditation Board, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2010 - present)

Secretary, Certification Advisory Council, NAAEE (2004 – 2010)

NCATE Reviewer, NAAEE Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators (2009 - present)

Member, NCATE Writing Team, Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators, NAAEE (2004 – 2007)

Member (1983 – present), Chair (1988 – 1993), and Advisory Council Member (2002 – present), NAAEE Research Commission

Member, International Editorial Board, Environmental Education Research (2002 – present)

Consulting Editor, The Journal of Environmental Education (1983 – 1996; 2010 - present)

Additional Duties

Coordinator, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Florida Tech (2006 - present)

Coordinator, Graduate Environmental and Teacher Education Fellows Program, a Peace Corps/USA Fellows Program (1999 – present)

Current Research

Co-PI, A Framework for Assessing Environmental Literacy, North American Association for Environmental Education, a NSF Workshop Grant (2010 - 2011).

PI, A Review of Research on the Effects of Environmental Education Interventions on Environmental Literacy and Academic Achievement Outcomes, a NCLI Coalition Investing in Innovation Fund Project, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (2010).

Member, Research Team, National Environmental Literacy Assesssment Project, Phase 1 (2006-2008) and Phase 2 (2008 - 2011), under Grants from U.S. EPA and NOAA,

PI, The Development and Piloting of a Service-Learning Assessment Strategy, Florida Learn & Serve Statewide Coordination Contracts, Florida State University (2005 - 2008)

PI, The Nature and Effects of Environmental Service-Learning in Florida schools, Grades 9–16, a 2002 - 03 Research Impact Grant, Florida Campus Compact, Florida State University.

Co-PI and Florida Institute of Technology Sub-Contract Coordinator, Assessing ACEE Funded Environmental Education Projects (1990 – 2003), a Contract between the Advisory Council on Environmental Education, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the University of Florida.

Selected Publications

McBeth, W., Hungerford, H., Marcinkowski, T., Volk, T., & Cifranick, K. 2011. "National Environmental Literacy Assessment Project, Phase Two: Measuring the effectiveness of North American environmental education programs with respect to the parameters of environmental literacy. Final research report." (Report to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the North American Association for Environmental Education under Grant #NA08SEC4690026). Carbondale, IL: CISDE.

Erdogan, M., Marcinkowski, T., & Ok, A. 2009. "Content analysis of K-8 environmental education research studies in Turkey, 1997-2007. Environmental Education Research, 15 (5), 525-548.

Erdogan., M., Kostova., Z., & Marcinkowski, T. 2009. "Components of environmental literacy in elementary science education curriculum in Bulgaria and Turkey. " Eurasian Journal of Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education, 5(1), 15-26.


McBeth, W., Hungerford, H., & Marcinkowski, T., Volk, T., & Meyers, R. 2008. "National Environmental Literacy Assessment Project: Year 1, National basline study of middle grades students. Final report." (Report to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and North American Association for Environmental Education under Grant #NA06SEC4690009). Carbondale, IL: CISDE. Available at

Marcinkowski, T., & Noh, K. 2008. "Case Portraits of Exemplary Service-Learning Programs in Middle and High Schools in Florida." Available at

Marcinkowski, T. 2004. "Using a Logic Model to Review and Analyze an Environmental Education Program." In T. Volk (Ed.), NAAEE Monograph Series, Volume 1. Washington, DC: NAAEE.

Noh, K., & Marcinkowski, T. 2004. "Analysis of skills in Korean middle-school level environmental education textbooks." Journal of the Korean Society for Environmental Education, 17 (1), 12-24.

Marcinkowski, T., G. Anderson, J. Drag, P. English, J. Lunsford, & L. Sward. 2000. "The Everglades Case Study: An Extended Case Study for the Investigation of a Threatened Watershed and Ecosystem, A Student Worktext." West Palm Beach: South Florida Water Management District.

Marcinkowski, T. 1998. "Predictors of responsible environmental behavior: A review of three dissertation studies." In H. Hungerford, W. Bluhm, T. Volk, and J. Ramsey (Eds.), Essential Readings in Environmental Education (pp. 227-256). Champaign, IL: Stipes Pub. Co.

Marcinkowski, T. and R. Mrazek (Eds.) 1996. "Research in Environmental Education, 1981-1990." Troy, OH: NAAEE.

Marcinkowski, T. and L. Rehrig. 1995. "The Secondary School Report: A Final Report on the Development, Pilot Testing, Validation, and Field Testing of The Secondary School Environmental Literacy Assessment Instrument." In R. Wilke (Ed.) Environmental Education Literacy/Needs Assessment Project: Assessing Environmental Literacy of Students and Environmental Education Needs of Teachers; Final Report for 1993-1995, pp. 30-76. Report to NCEET/University of Michigan under U.S. EPA Grant no. NT901935-01-2. Stevens Point, WI: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point