University at Buffalo

Xiufeng Liu

Xiufeng Liu



Specialty/Research Focus

Assessment; Evaluation; Science Education; STEM education; Measurements; Psychometrics; Quantitative Research Methods

Contact Information
518 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4050

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Professional Summary:

I am a Professor of Science Education in the Department of Learning & Instruction, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. I obtained my Master’s degree from East China Normal University in 1986 and PhD from University of British Columbia in 1993. Before my current position, I taught high school chemistry in China, was a research associate at the China National Institute for Educational Research (currently Chinese Academy of Education), and a tenured faculty member at St. Francis Xavier University and University of Prince Edward Island, both in Canada. In addition, I have held various administrative positions including department interim chair, associate dean for research, and the inaugural director of the Center for Educational Innovation.

My research interests include measurement and evaluation in STEM education (i.e., applications of Rasch models), student conceptual progression of cross-cutting concepts (i.e., matter and energy), science and the public (i.e., civic scientific literacy), and college science teaching and learning (i.e., student engagement in large-enrolled undergraduate introductory STEM courses). My research approach is quantitative and statistical, guided by cognitive and social-cultural learning theories. I have more than 100 refereed publications including 10 books. I have received funding as PI and co-PI for more than $18 Million from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, the Spencer Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of British Columbia, Science Education (1993)
  • MEd, East China Normal University, Chemical Education (1986)
  • Diploma, Wuhan Teachers College at Xiaogan (currently Hubei Engineering College), Secondary School Chemistry Teaching (1981)
Awards and Honors:
  • Fellow; American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); 2020-10-29;
  • Exceptional Scholars Sustained Achievement Award; University at Buffalo, SUNY; 2018-11-01;
Recent Publications:
  • Liu, X. (2020). Using and developing measurement instruments in science education: A Rasch Modeling approach (Second Edition). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Journal Article:
  • Wang, C., & Liu, X., Wang, L., Sun, Y., & Zhang, H. (2021). Automated Scoring of Chinese Grades 7–9 Students’ Competence in Interpreting and Arguing from Evidence. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 30(2), 269–282.
  • Yang, Y., Liu, X., & Gardella, J. A. (2020). Effects of a professional development program on science teacher knowledge and practice, and student understanding of interdisciplinary science concept. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 57(7), 1028-1057.
  • Park, M., & Liu, X. (2019). An investigation of item difficulty patterns by energy aspects across biology, chemistry, environmental science and physics. Research in Science Education. DOI:10.1007/s11165-019-9819-y
Book Chapter:
  • Liu, X., Rates, C., showers, A., Hutson, L., & Baumstark, T. (2019). Redesigning science courses to enhance student engagement and performance. In J. J. Mintzes and E. M. Walter (eds.), Active learning in college science: The case for evidence based practice (chapter 5). New York: Springer.
Recent Presentations:
  • Cong, W., Liu, X., & Wang, L. (April 2021). Automated scoring of Chinese Grades 7-9 students’ competence in interpreting and arguing from evidence. Paper presented at the annual NARST International Conference. April 7-10, 2021, Online.;
  • Yin, H., Liu, R., & Liu, X. (April 2021). Self-Efficacy Scale of Confucius Institute Chinese Teachers: A Rasch-Based Measurement Instrument Development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Online, April 8, 12, 2021.;
  • Li, S. & Liu, X. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Integrating Geographic Information System in Secondary Classrooms: Factors in Relation to Spatial Thinking Ability [Poster Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled).;
  • Liu, R. & Liu, X. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Rasch-Based Measurement Development: A Formative Evaluation Instrument for College Teaching [Poster Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled);
  • Liu, X. (2019, October). Preservice science teacher education: What can US and China learn from each other? An invited talk at the International Forum on Improving Science Literacy for all Students, Oct. 30, 2019, Beijing Normal University.;
Recent Grants:
  • Buffalo Clinical and Transnational Research Center; Federal; NIH; Continuing; (02/01/2020-01/31/2025)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research
  • Editorial board member: Journal of Research in STEM Education
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Science Education and Technology
Recent Editorships:
  • Associate Editor; Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief; Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research

Contact Information

518 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4050

View CV