Dr. Cobern began his academic career as an undergraduate student in biology and chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He later taught high school science for several years and at the same time completed a Master's degree program involving biology, anthropology, and education graduate courses.
Dr. Cobern has held several academic appointments and is currently the Director for The Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University where he is conducting both qualitative and quantitative research.
Professor Cobern has over 60 professional publications and has served on the boards of major science education research journals. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a Fellow of the American Education Research Association, and a Fulbright Scholar.
In 2009, he was named a Western Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Scholar.