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Larry Horvath

Title: Professor and Department Chair of Secondary Education
Company: San Francisco State University
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Larry Horvath, professor and department chair of secondary education at San Francisco State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

Dr. Horvath embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of California, followed by coursework in life science at Sonoma State University and a Master of Art in secondary education at San Francisco State University. He continued his educational pursuits, earning a PhD in science education from the University of California. His distinguished career centered at San Francisco State University, where he served as a professor and department chair in secondary education from 2007 until he transitioned to semi-retirement in 2023. Active in various professional memberships, Dr. Horvath has contributed insights to organizations such as the Western Regional Noise Network Advisory Board, the Association for Science Teacher Educators, and the National Association for Research and Science Teaching.

Attributing his success to formative experiences within his family and his undying fascination with science, Dr. Horvath entered the field of education with a passion for teaching and a commitment to overcoming challenging circumstances. His career trajectory was shaped by a shift from a desire to become a field biologist to becoming a dedicated educator. After 13 years of teaching middle and high school, including international experience in Europe, he pursued his PhD, eventually joining the faculty at San Francisco State University. His notable contributions include a dedication to inclusive science education and ensuring every student feels seen and valued in the classroom. 

Dr. Horvath transitioned into semi-retirement effective September 1, relinquishing his roles as department chair and professor. Despite stepping back, he remains actively engaged in research and grant work, continuing to oversee ongoing projects. Looking ahead, Dr. Horvath envisions a return to his personal life, engaging in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and mountain biking while continuing to work on projects with the National Science Foundation. Dr. Horvath’s impactful journey underscores his passion for perseverance, adaptability, and the transformative power of education in shaping lives.

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