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Yolanda Kirkpatrick, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, VolsTeach, STEM Education/Science


Yolanda Kirkpatrick is a clinical assistant professor for STEM Education/Science with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. She supports teacher preparation and field supervision of undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and job-embedded candidates while teaching courses within the VolsTeach program. She has supported diverse learners in urban and rural communities as a teacher and mentor with AmeriCorps, Children’s Defense Fund, Project Grad, and the University of Tennessee’s Math and Science Center.

Kirkpatrick earned a doctoral degree in science education, a master’s degree in microbiology, and a bachelor’s degree in biology.


Professional Background


Professor Kirkpatrick’s professional experiences and goals include culturally responsive teaching, diverse classrooms and schools, active/alternative learning, and instructional strategies that successfully increase student retention in STEM.

Kirkpatrick seizes opportunities to collaborate her work with mentor teachers, school partners, professional development, and to work with teacher performance assessment models. She regularly presents her scholarship(s) at conferences.


Doctor of Philosophy (Science Education), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Science (Microbiology), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville              

Bachelor of Science (Biology), Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

Professional Service

Member, Diversity Collaborative in Education (DCEd), 2014-Present

Steering Committee, VolsTeach for Appalachia Noyce Program, 2018-Present

Haslam Scholars Selection Committee, 2017

Tennessee Science Olympiad, 2014-2018

Upward Bound Technology Saturday, 2017-2018

Commission for Blacks, 2014-2017


Workshops and Presentations

Kirkpatrick, Y. (2018, May 22). Service Matters: An Action Approach to Student Learning. 2018 UTeach Conference: Broadening Participation in STEM. Austin, TX.

Kirkpatrick, Y. (2018, September 29). 3D Printing: Reconceptualizing the Scientific Method. B.O.S.S. for Educators Big Orange STEM Saturday. Knoxville, TN.

Kirkpatrick, Y. (2018, October 3). Crossing Borders. Best Practices in Teaching. The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship. Knoxville, TN.

Kirkpatrick, Y. (2017, September 7). Why Representation Matters: Teaching Toward Consciousness. We Are One Inclusive Excellence Summit. Murfreesboro, TN.

Kirkpatrick, Y. (2015, September, 25). Discussing Diversity: Using Concept Mapping. Collaborators for Change Ideas into Practice. Knoxville, TN.

Science Saturdays team (Mahabir Bhandari, Kaushik Biswas, Heather Buckberry, Tony Gehl, Diana Hun, Yolanda Kirkpatrick, and Som Shrestha). (2014, February 8). Less energy in buildings, more dollars in your pocket. Science Saturdays. Knoxville, TN.

Contact Information

  • 104 Greve Hall, 821 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville TN 37996-3391
  • Phone: 865-974-9382
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