Steven Schafersman

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Steven Schafersman
Steven Dale Schafersman

(1948-11-04) November 4, 1948 (age 72)
Dumas, Texas, United States

Steven Dale Schafersman (born November 4, 1948) is an American geologist and current president of Texas Citizens for Science, an advocacy group that opposes teaching creationism as science in the public schools.[1][2][3] He is also known for his blog[4]


Schafersman holds a B.S. in Geology and Biology from Northern Illinois University, a M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Geology (1983) from Rice University.[5] He currently resides in Midland, Texas with his wife Dr. Gae Kovalick, at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin professor of Biology.[6] He specialized in invertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy, and sedimentary petrology.

Schafersman grew up collecting fossils, mushrooms, insects, rocks, minerals, and playing outdoors in Texas, Arkansas, and Illinois.

Schafersman taught at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (2000-2002), Miami University (Ohio) (1994-1999), University of Houston (1984-1989) and Houston Community College (1974-1978 and 1984-1994).[5]

He has been a pro-science activist since 1989.[7][8][9]

In addition, he created the Free Inquiry website, dedicated to educating the public on humanism and skepticism and the Texas Citizens for Science website, committed to opposing the representation of religious concepts such as intelligent design and creationism as science in Texas textbooks. Schafersman contributes to a blog column for the Houston Chronicle at Evo.Sphere Blog.[10]

Texas State Board of Education[edit]

Schafersman works against the movement to revise the Texas State Board of Education science curriculum to include religious objections to evolution.


  1. ^ "New Eyes on Texas". Texas Observer. November 28, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  2. ^ Williams, Sally (July 4, 2007). "The God curriculum". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  3. ^ "Emotions rage at book hearing Dozens testify on what to say about". San Antonio Express-News. September 11, 2003. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
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  5. ^ a b "Academic". 2008. Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  6. ^ "Access and Equity Committee". University of Texas. 2008. Archived from the original on February 13, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "EVOLUTION, 'CONTRARY' THEORIES OK'd FOR TEXTS". Dallas Morning News. March 11, 1989. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Biology texts are criticized For 1st time, books address evolution". Dallas Morning News. July 11, 1990. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  9. ^ Debbie Graves (March 11, 1989). "Education board gave in to creationists, scientist charges". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  10. ^ Steven Schafersman (2008). "Education board gave in to creationists, scientist charges". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2008.

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