Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences and Discipline Chair, Physical & Life Sciences
Department of Mathematics,Physical & Life Sciences
Worldwide College of Arts & Sciences
Worldwide campus

Dr. Emily Faulconer serves as the Discipline Chair for the Physical & Life Sciences within the MPLS Department. She developed the Environmental Science minor and has been involved with multiple course redesigns. She typically teaches Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Introduction to Research.

She always knew science was her future. As a young learner in a small one-room school she would listen to the high school students’ science lessons instead of doing her reading, giving herself extra homework each night. She went on to earn a B.S. in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. After briefly working as a Forensic Chemist, she pursued her passion in education, first teaching high school and then pursuing a Ph.D. in order to teach at the college level. She has been with ERAU since 2012 and with the Worldwide Campus since 2016.

Dr. Faulconer is actively involved in service to the University, her discipline, and the community. She serves as the Chair of the Academic Safety Committee housed at the Daytona Beach campus. She is Chair of the Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board. She also participates in multiple volunteering activities in the community, including trail maintenance and citizen science.

Her research interests are varied, with research lines in pedagogy and environmental chemistry. A current pedagogy project is exploring the differences between student performance in online and face to face chemistry courses. A current environmental chemistry project is the low-tech generation of activated carbon for water purification in remote areas. This project is funded through ERAU’s FIRST program. She has published multiple articles in professional journals.

Dr. Emily Faulconer is married to Michael Purcell. She enjoys time with her son and step-daughter. In her “spare time” she likes to be outside, whether she is on the mountain bike trails, out on her kayak, or simply working in the garden.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University