Steve Iona, Ph.D.
LA Pedagogy Instructor

Prior to joining the LA Program at CU in 2003, Steve enjoyed his time teaching high school science and mathematics for about 30 years in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. Simultaneously, he had many wonderful experiences working with teacher preparation programs including teaching the Science Methods courses for Metropolitan State University of Denver and for the University of Denver, being trained as a Mentor Teacher as part of the district's Induction Program, earning an administrative license, and supervising several student teachers. Currently, Steve is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver. At DU, he teaches the General Physics class for pre-med, biology, and chemistry majors and is the Director of their Center for Innovative Teaching in Science and Mathematics. He also helps coordinate Physics Day at Elitch Gardens, has helped implement grants on Utilizing Classroom Response Systems and Expanding Lecture Demonstration Options in the Physics Classroom, and serves on the Scientific Review Committee for the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair.  He has served in many leadership positions with the American Association of Physics Teachers including as their national President.  His Ph.D. in science education examined cognitive associations students use in solving physics problems. He has continued his interest in physics education research with action research projects in his classes examining conceptual development of students. He has received several teaching awards at DU and the national Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching.