colby-sawyer faculty

Darius Kalvaitis

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education

Joined faculty in 2013. B.A. & B. S. from New England College; M.Ed. from Antioch New England Graduate School; and Ph.D. from Utah State University. His teaching philosophy is rooted in Experiential and Place Based Education. His research interest focus on young children's relationships with nature with specific emphasis on using child friendly research methodologies. He has co-written and implemented multiple federally funded grants focusing on Environmental Education and STEM Education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Development
  • Children and Families
  • Educational Research and Program Evaluation
  • Environmental Education
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

Recent Presentations / Publications

  • Heffernan, L., D. Kalvaitis, P. Segaran, and E. Fisher. “The Cross-Cultural Field Excursion Initiative: An Educational Approach to Promote Cultural Competency in Student Pharmacists.” Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, (2013).

  • Kalvaitis, D., and R. Monhardt. “The Architecture of Children's Relationships with Nature: A Phenomenographic Investigation Seen through Drawings and Written Narratives of Elementary Students.” Environmental Education Research 18, no. 2 (2012): 209-27.

  • Ray, J. , and D. Kalvaitis. “Faculty Collaboration between Graduate Courses.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 16, no. 4 (2012): 124.

  • Kalvaitis, D., L. Heffernan, “Watershed Stewardship through Hands on Exploration”. Green Teacher (2011) 92 (1).

  • Ray, J., D. Kalvaitis, C. Wheeler, and Jeannine Hirtle. "Teachers' Attitudes, Behaviors, and Opinions Related to Social Media Use." Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, (2011).

  • Kalvaitis, D., HIGH SEAS (HICES) Coral Reef and Ocean Education in Hawai'i. North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference, (2011).

  • Green, C., D. Kalvaitis. “Methodologically Authentic Research Strategies for Young Children; Puppets, Art, Interviews”. North American Association for Environmental Education. Research Symposium, (2011).


  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, 2007, Utah State University
  • M.Ed., Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 1998, Antioch New England Graduate School
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1990, New England College
  • B.S., Sociology, 1990, New England College