Dennis Showers

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
South Hall 222C

Dr. Showers has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1986.

The photograph shows Dr. Showers receiving a certificate acknowledging him as a Foreign Expert in Interdisciplinary Teaching by The Chaoyang District of Beijing Schools

 Dr. Showers receiving a certificate acknowledging him as a Foreign Expert in Interdisciplinary Teaching by The Changyang District of Beijing Schools

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

  • M.Ed., Clarion State College

  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University


  • Fletcher, K., J. McLean, R. Sells, K. Rommel-Esham, & D. Showers. (2019). “The Build-it, Leave-it, Teach-it program: A model for recruiting and retaining pre-service physics teachers.” The Physics Teacher. 57 (6)

  • Showers, D.E. (2010). The mathematics of the pseudosciences. In D. Berlin and A. White (Eds.), Global Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities to Advance Science and Mathematics Education III. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press.

  • Showers, D.E. (2009). Teaching Time. In The Encyclopedia of Time, H. J. Birx (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Research Interests

  • Public education in science and mathematics
  • UFO's


  • CURR 316: Teaching Sci &Math to Children

    This course covers contemporary teaching/learning strategies for mathematics and science instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. Instructional techniques integrate hands-on learning, manipulatives, the student's environment, functional uses of mathematics and science, and assessment strategies appropriate for all students. The focus will be on the nature of children's science and mathematics learning, the teacher as a facilitator of meaningful learning, and New York State and National Learning Standards for science, mathematics, and technology. Constructivism, the idea that individuals must build knowledge from their own experience and thought, provides an underpinning for insights into the nature of children's learning in the life and physical sciences and in mathematics. Includes field trip component.

  • H&PE 350: Health & Safety Iss in Schools

    This course is designed for the preservice teacher and includes topics mandated by New York State Education Law. It provides the means for instructing students for the purpose of preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse; instructing students in fire and arson prevention; providing safety education as it pertains to highway safety and traffic regulation including bicycle safety; and instructing students for preventing child abduction. The course also incorporates New York State mandatory training in the identification and reporting of child abuse, maltreatment, or neglect. Prerequisites: INTD 203

  • INTD 300: Topics in Secondary Ed:Science

    This course is intended for the science major (biology, chemistry, physics, geology) who is enrolled in the adolescent certification program. It provides a broad background that addresses the New York State Learning Standards in Mathematics, Science and Technology. The major focus of the course will be on the nature of science and technology and their influence on society.