The Holtz Center is thrilled to add Peter Wardrip’s passion for the instruction of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math to its diverse group of experts in science and technology studies. Professor Wardrip’s research focuses on informal and formal learning collaborations, professional learning opportunities for educators, as well as formative assessment and making as a learning process.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction welcomed Wardrip to its faculty three years ago. This Assistant Professor in STEAM education, joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from Pittsburgh in 2017. However, he had received his bachelor’s degree in Latin Education on the UW-Madison Campus two decades prior.
During his time away from Madison, Wardrip studied at the Centre for Human Ecology in Scotland and later received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Learning Sciences and Policy. While in Pittsburgh, he worked as a learning Scientist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which has celebrated the legacy of its mentor, Fred Rogers, for the past two decades. Wardrip currently serves as a Visiting Researcher with the Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE) at the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Visiting Researcher with the Learning Media Design Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Wardrip joins close to one hundred faculty and academic staff members from across the UW-Madison Campus at the Holtz Center. STS colleagues are diverse and include social scientists, natural scientists, engineers, clinicians and humanists.