Bill Hug's work focuses on helping people learn to value and become good stewards of the natural and human communities where they live. Since 1992, Bill has taught courses such as methods of teaching science for elementary school children, place-based education, environmental education, action research in science education, and qualitative research methods in educational research. Bill has also taught graduate courses in curriculum and instruction, science education and environmental education in the United States and for international school teachers at outreach locations in Thailand and France. Bill currently is a faculty member at California University of Pennsylvania and has held academic positions at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana as well as Michigan State, Portland State and Penn State Universities.
Dr. Hug's research focuses on educational processes that facilitate learning which empowers people to improve the quality of life in the places where they live. Research areas include: elementary science teacher education; citzen scientific literacy; place-based curriculum design, implementation and evaluation; and ecology /natural history conceptual understanding. One research project studied teams of middle school teachers as they implemented an interdisciplinary place-based curriculum in their schools. Another research project looked at how prospective elementary teachers learn environmental science content and their acquisition of inquiry-based science pedagogy. In 2002-2003 Dr. Hug traveled to southern Viet Nam multiple times where he worked with and studied Vietnamese teachers' efforts to increase inquiry-based teaching, active learning instruction, and connecting curriculum to local community needs.
Bill grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and central Ohio. After extensive teaching experience in a broad range of educational settings, he earned a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the Pennsylvania State University. Bill supplemented his academic work over the years through employment in summer camp youth leadership, natural history instruction, adventure recreation leadership, 18 th century American history interpretation, and architectural interpretation at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house.