Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kristin Rearden, PhD

Kristin Rearden, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor
Science Education

A512 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3442

Phone: 865-974-1162
Fax: 865-974-8718

My father’s work as a chemist for Texaco and my mother’s long span of teaching junior high English were both inspirations for me to pursue a career in science education. I earned a BA in physics from the University of Dallas and taught middle school math and science in Poughkeepsie, NY from 1989-1994. During that time, I earned my master’s degree in educational psychology from Marist College and my permanent New York State teaching licenses in secondary math, physics, and general science.

I joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in science education in 1999 after earning my doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University the previous year. While at Texas A&M, I worked for the Salish I Research Project as a graduate research assistant.

Currently, I am 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, I have co-developed and taught four middle school science teacher professional development workshops funded by grants from UT-Battelle. I teach graduate science education courses and lead the cohort of interns specializing in elementary math and science. Working with both current and future teachers is an aspect of my job I truly love.

I reside in Knoxville with my husband, Brad, and our three children.

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