Larry Horvath

Larry Horvath

Professor, Dept of Secondary Ed, Graduate College of Education
Director, Noyce Fellows Program


Phone: (415) 338-2693


Larry Horvath was born in Marin County California and spent his elementary years moving around the Bay Area - with stints in Texas and Ohio - before settling in Novato, CA for Middle and High School. As an undergraduate, he attended UC Davis majoring in Zoology with a dream to research primate behavior emulating his idol, Jane Goodall. After interning at the California Primate Research Center, he decided to pursue a career teaching science. He earned his single subject life science credential at Sonoma State University in 1986 and went on to teach middle school and high school Biology and Chemistry for seven years in California and six years internationally – three in Rome and three in Istanbul. Along the way he earned his MA in secondary Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU). After returning to the US in 2000, he completed his Ph.D. in Science Education at UC Davis and joined the faculty at SFSU in 2007 where he is currently an Associate Professor in Secondary Education and the Associate Director of the Center for Science and Math Education. Dr. Horvath teaches the single subject science methods course, is PI on two NSF grants, Co-PI on three more, a founding member of the APLU supported Collaborative around Research Experiences for Teachers (CARET), and an education workshop leader for the STEM Teachers as Researchers (STAR) program directed by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His research focuses on teaching through inquiry and the impact of teacher preparation on STEM teacher retention, persistence, and student achievement in high needs/hard to staff urban schools. In his spare time he likes to hike and mountain bike, spend time with family and friends, and spoil his two cats - Mollie and Neema.