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Cory A. Buxton

  • UGA Athletic Association Professor of Education, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Middle Grades Education)

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Office Location

614A Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Areas of Expertise

  • science education
  • teaching english language learners
  • teacher professional learning
  • anthropology and education
  • middle grades education

Research Interests

  • bilingual learners
  • science investigation practices
  • language of science
  • design-based teacher professional learning
  • family engagement in stem college and career readiness
  • empowering young adolescents

Research Summary

My research fosters more equitable science learning opportunities for all students and especially for emergent bilingual learners. My most recent research is focused on creating spaces where students, parents, teachers and researchers can engage together as co-learners while strengthening their academic relationships, their knowledge of science and engineering practices, and their ownership of the language of science. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The U.S. Department of Education and by several private foundations.


Buxton was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and a middle school and high school science and ESOL teacher in New Orleans and Colorado before completing his PhD in 2000 and becoming a teacher educator and educational researcher. He was a faculty member at the University of New Orleans and at the University of Miami before moving to the University of Georgia in 2008.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Science Education University of Colorado at Boulder 2000
M.A.T. Earth Science Education Tulane University 1994
B.S. Geology University of Maryland (College Park) 1989

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2015 Fellow, International Society for Design and Development in Education International Society for Design and Development in Education
2014 Athletic Association Professor of Education University of Georgia Athletic Association
2012 Ira B. Aaron Teaching and Collegiality Award University of Georgia College of Education