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Dr. Aaron Gierhart - Columbus State University

Columbus State University

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Dr. Aaron R. Gierhart

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education, Leadership & Counseling

Academic Areas

I am an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Counseling. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary education, science and STEM teaching methods, and online teaching/digital technologies. My areas of expertise and research include (critical) digital pedagogy, digital technologies, and elementary education. I am also the STEM Teaching P-12 Endorsement Coordinator for the TLC Department. 


  • Doctor of Education, Teaching and Learning (Educational Technology), May 2020: Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education (Elementary Curriculum), July 2015: Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science, Educational Studies (Elementary Education), May 2009: Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois 


I served as an elementary classroom teacher in the Illinois public schools for 11 years and worked as an adjunct professor at Illinois State University for three years. I joined the faculty at Columbus State on a part time basis in Summer 2020 and full time beginning in Fall 2020. 



  • Gierhart, A. R., & Smith, A. (2020). Cosmopolitan dispositions. Webinar presented as part of book study webinar series presented by Drew University’s Drew Writing Project, Madison, NJ.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2020). Responding to the dialogue: Critical digital pedagogy of elementary teachers. Conference session at Georgia Educational Research Association Conference 2020, Georgia Southern University, Savannah, GA.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2020). Stabilizing the Unstable: Intentional Instructional Design during COVID-19. Conference presentation at Innovation in Teaching Conference 2020, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2019). Composing digitally in the elementary classroom. Conference session at Illinois State University’s Teaching in the 21st Century Conference, Normal, IL.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2019). Digital communication strategies for elementary students. Conference session at ITEEA 2019 Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2019) STEM Showcase: Digital communication strategies for elementary students. Presenter at ITEEA 2019 Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2018). Digital communication strategies with elementary students and families. Session presented at Illinois State University’s New Teacher Conference, Normal, IL.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2018). Using Blogger with elementary students to construct, publish, and connect. ‘1-in-3’ session presented at ISTE 2018 Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Gierhart, A. R. (2016). Using curriculum maps to design and implement instruction. Webinar presented for Kappa Delta Pi, Indianapolis, IN.
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