Dr. Mike Charles has a background in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational media and technology and science & mathematics education. He taught in grades K-6 for 15 years in Phoenix, Arizona, working as a K-6 computer resource teacher for the final six years. He has taught in higher education for the past 21 years, four years in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University and seventeen years in the College of Education at Pacific University. His research interests include the way that technology enables student-initiated project learning environments, uses of visualization tools in teaching mathematics and science in K-12 education, developing technology based learning environments that support a conceptual understanding of mathematics, student thinking and geospatial technologies, and the complexities involved in changing teacher practice.


  • M.A. and Ph.D - Arizona State University (1987 & 1997)
  • B.A. - Whitworth College (1982)