Emily K. Faulconer

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

Areas of Expertise

Emily K. Faulconer

Dr. Emily Faulconer serves within the Department of Math, Science, & Technology. She developed the Environmental Science minor and has been involved with multiple course redesigns. She typically teaches Chemistry and Environmental Science. 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.

In her “spare time” she likes to be outside with her son PJ, whether on the mountain bike trails, kayaking, camping, caving, or simply working in the garden.


As a researcher, she aims 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 experiential learning. 

Funded Research:

  • PI: Community of Inquiry and Cognitive Load
    Research Team: Darryl Chamberlain (Co-PI) and Beverly Wood (Co-PI)
    Funding: NSF IUSE, 6/15/21--5/31/24
    Roles: Project management and administration, Human Subjects Management, Dissemination efforts.
    Brief Description: Instructor and course creator interventions to improve students' cognitive contributions in online group discussions for a math and physics course.
    Preliminary Results: Student contributions to math and physics discussion posts are primarily of a social nature. Student cognitive contributions are overwhelmingly at the disseminating facts level. Discussion creation initiatives and instructor interventions have disrupted these initial student contribution patterns and encouraged higher-level cognitive contributions.

  • PI: Undergraduate Research for Fully Online Students
    Research Team: Brent Terwilliger (Co-PI) and Robert Deters (Co-PI)
    Funding: NSF IUSE, 10/1/20--9/31/23
    Roles: Project management and administration, Human Subjects Management, Research Scholars Program Administration, Workshop facilitation, Research mentoring, Dissemination efforts.
    Brief Description: Develop and administer the Research Scholars Program, which offers support in the form of mentoring, workshops, resources, and course credit for research efforts.
    Preliminary Results: Students have successfully disseminated research in internal and external venues, both conferences and journals. 

  • 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

  • PHYS 304: Environmental Science
  • CHEM 110: General Chemistry I
  • PHYS 142: Intro to Environmental Science

National Science Teachers Association

American Chemical Society

2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award