Emily K. Faulconer

Title
Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
Email
Department
Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology
College
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

environmental chemistry, safety, SoTL 
Emily K. Faulconer

Dr. Emily Faulconer serves within the Department of STEM Education. 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 is a certified Chemical Hygiene Officer and maintains her HAZWOPER and RCRA training. 

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 a founding member of the Academic Safety Committee. She serves on the Journal of College Science Teaching's Advisory Board. She serves as an elected Supervisor for the Alachua County Soil and Water Conservation District. She also participates in multiple volunteering activities in the community, including judging the state science fair, trail maintenance, and citizen science.

As a researcher, the goal of her research program is to leverage expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning, scientific research, and safety in the translation of pedagogy and high-impact activities into practice in online education, with emphasis on undergraduate research. Current projects explore undergraduate research, safety culture, and community of inquiry presences. 

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: Forensic Biology and Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher - 360 Training
  • HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Training Certificate - 360 Training
  • RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Training - J.J. Keller Training on Demand
  • HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher - Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM)
  • 10-Hour OSHA Training for the Construction Industry - OSHA Outreach Training
  • RCRA Hazardous Waste Training Course - J.J. Keller Training on Demand
  • HAZWOPER 40-Hour Health & Safety Online - TREEO Center, University of Florida

  • CHEM 110: General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 142: Intro to Environmental Science


National Science Teachers Association

American Chemical Society