Profile

Robert Tai
University of Virginia Curry School of Education

Robert H. Tai is an associate professor of science education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. His work has included research on the high school to college transition of students in science disciplines as well as scientific workforce development from an educational perspective. Tai co-edited the 2010 volume “AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program.” His research studies have been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert N. Noyce Foundation, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. He has published research studies in the journals Science, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, among others. In 2008, Tai received the Council of Scientific Society Presidents Award for Education Research Leadership. His educational background includes degrees in physics, mathematics, and education. He earned a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998 after teaching physics for three years in high school and middle school.