With Great Teaching
Comes Great Responsibility


Daniel J. Bergman, Ph.D., is a Professor and Program Chair of Science Education at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Like Superman, Dr. Bergman considers the Sunflower State his adoptive home. Unlike Superman, Dr. Bergman cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Dr. Bergman previously taught middle and high school science in Nebraska and Iowa, and currently works with students and teachers from kindergarten to graduate school and every grade in between.  Research interests involve the role of popular culture in science and teacher education, including superhero archetypes and analogies.

He has over 60 publications in scholarly and professional avenues such as Edutopia, Phi Delta Kappan, New Teacher Advocate, The Clearing House, Teacher Educator, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, as well as multiple articles in all four journals from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA): Science & Children, Science Scope, The Science Teacher, and Journal of College Science Teaching. He has also written two chapters for the “Ages of Superheroes” book series: Ages of the Flash and Ages of the Black Panther.

Dr. Bergman has given nearly a hundred educational presentations at teacher conventions, school workshops, and research conferences across the continental United States.  Honors include a year-end “Must-Read” article award in Phi Delta Kappan, and the “Implications of Research for Educational Practice” award at the International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education. His work has been cited over 350 times (and counting) by educational researchers and scholars from all over the world.  

Dr. Bergman began collecting comics and loving superheroes long before it was cool. As a fan of science, teaching, and superheroes, he is the ultimate SuperNerd. He writes about these passions at www.teachlikeasuperhero.blog and elsewhere. 

Daniel J. Bergman, Ph.D.


This isn't your average teaching book. With a fun, comic-book-inspired layout, Teaching is for Superheroes! skips the information overload and gives you practical action steps for igniting enthusiasm in your K-12 classroom and achieving your professional goals. Now more than ever, teachers are in high demand—yet the threat of burnout still looms large. This book will help you keep the spark alive, engaging you in a deeper examination of education by way of entertaining superhero archetypes and tropes. What’s your teaching origin story? Your secret identity? Your powers, weaknesses, nemeses? The teachers-as-superheroes metaphor provides a rich venue through which you can thoughtfully analyze your purpose and pedagogy.  READ MORE...

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