Clinical Professor, Science Education
Kristin Rearden is a clinical professor of science education at the University of Tennessee. Her father’s work as a chemist for Texaco and her mother’s long span of teaching junior high English were both inspirations for her to pursue a career in science education. Rearden earned a BA in physics from the University of Dallas and taught middle school math and science in Poughkeepsie, New York, from 1989–1994. During that time, she earned her master’s degree in educational psychology from Marist College and her permanent New York State teaching licenses in secondary math, physics, and general science.
She joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in science education in 1999 after earning a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University the previous year. While at Texas A&M, she worked for the Salish I Research Project as a graduate research assistant.
Currently, Rearden is interested in the development of content knowledge of middle school science teachers and the integration of children’s literature and science. Along with faculty members from Arts and Sciences, she has co-developed and taught four middle school science teacher professional development workshops funded by grants from UT-Battelle. She teaches graduate science education courses and lead the cohort of interns specializing in elementary math and science.