James Rye, Ph.D.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

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Office: 604L Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-4416
E-mail: jim.rye@mail.wvu.edu


Ph.D. (1995) Curriculum and Instruction, science education emphasis
The Pennsylvania State University

R.D. (1976-2008). Maintained active status as Registered Dietitian for this time period.

M.S. (1975). Human Nutrition (education minor); secondary science teacher provisional certification (awarded in 1976), all subjects grades 7-8, biology, grades 9-12. Michigan State University.

B.S. (1972). Biology (chemistry minor), Central Michigan University.

Research Interests

  • Teaching science, mathematics, and other disciplines at the preK-elementary school level through garden-based learning.
  • Engaging parents in the education of their children through garden-based learning.
  • Integrating science and mathematics learning at the elementary and middle school levels.
  • Utilizing the concept map as a communication, learning, and research tool in k-12, undergraduate, and graduate education.


I am a professor in curriculum and instruction, and my emphasis area is science education. I also have a background in public health nutrition. Long-standing research and teaching interests of mine include science-mathematics integration and concept mapping. More recently, I have become engaged in the development of school gardens and the provision of garden-based learning at the elementary school level. I am especially interested in school-university-community partnerships that seek to diversify the school grounds through establishing gardens and provide garden-based learning opportunities for youth.

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