Teresa Kennedy, Ph.D.

Teresa Kennedy, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, International STEM and Bilingual/ELL Education
Department: Education
Building: BEP 229F
Phone: 903.566.7448


  • Ph.D. University of Idaho, 1998
    Major: Teacher Education/Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: International/Bilingual Science Education with STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), content-based foreign language, ESL/ELL Education.
    • Dissertation Title: FLES: The cognitive and attitudinal effects of content-related foreign language instruction. Received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Phi Delta Kappa International in the District 1 Doctoral Dissertation Competition (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Saskatchewan, & Washington).
  • Fulbright Awards:  Ecuador, 1993; Argentina, 2014-15; Hungary, 2017.
  • International Studies:  Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastián, Spain (1999); Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Quito, Ecuador (1993); and Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain (1982-83).


Dr. Kennedy joined The University of Texas at Tyler in 2009. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of International STEM and Bilingual/ELL Education in the College of Education and Psychology School of Education and in the College of Engineering. 

Her K-12 teaching experience includes 8 years at the secondary level and 7 years at the elementary/middle school level in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, with secondary teaching certifications in Science (Earth Science and Natural Science), Social Studies, Spanish, English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, and elementary certification in all subjects. She has traveled to over 100 countries through her work and educational experiences and has taught language, science and social studies lessons in classrooms around the world.  She currently serves in leadership roles for the following educational organizations: the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE), also serving as the ICASE representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization UNESCO); the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL); and has served on the Board of Directors for Tyler Sister Cities since 2013.  In addition, Dr. Kennedy is the co-director of the UT Tyler GLOBE Program Partnership linking teachers in Texas to NASA’s GLOBE Program and science activities around the world.

Other Positions at UT Tyler

Dr. Kennedy established UT Tyler's Office of International Programs (OIP) and served as Assistant Vice President for International Programs and Senior International Officer for UT Tyler leading all OIP operations from July 2013-August 2017. During that time, her responsibilities included creating and managing several cross-functional OIP units (Study Abroad; International Services; and International Research and Engagement); serving as Principal Designated School Official for F Visa Student Program activities (January 2014-May 2017) and Responsible Officer for the J Visa Exchange Visitor Program (January 2014-July 2017) working with the U.S. Department of State Student Exchange and Visitor Program, and expanding international collaborations and partnership agreements with universities abroad (July 2013-December 2017). Dr. Kennedy facilitated 17 new international agreements for UT Tyler. She also established and led UT Tyler's Passport Acceptance Facility working with the U.S. Department of State Passport Services (September 2015-October 2017). Prior to founding the OIP, she was assigned to assist with international recruitment and marketing (September 2010 - December 2017), and also established and directed UT Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute (January 2013 – December 2017) for the School of Education. Dr. Kennedy spent the Summer and Fall 2017 semesters transitioning out of the OIP so that she could resume her teaching and research activities.

Courses Taught at UT Tyler

  • EDUC 4199 – IELI Internship
  • EDUC 4199 – Global Education
  • EDUC 4334 – English Language Learners
  • EDUC 4360 – ESL Methodology
  • EDUC 4378 – Methods for Teaching ESL
  • EDUC 5301 – Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
  • EDUC 5306 – Special Topics in Education: Current Innovations in Education
  • EDUC 5306 – Special Topics in Education: Grad Teach Diversity & Special Populations
  • EDUC 5352 – Curriculum Foundations
  • EDUC 5356 – Diversity in Educational Settings
  • EDUT 4170 – Apprentice Teaching Seminar
  • ELED 4360/5300 – Teaching English Language Learners
  • GEOL 3314 – Oceanography and Meteorology

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Kennedy’s research interests include online teaching and learning; content-based second language teaching and learning focused on science, mathematics and social studies; brain research in relation to second language acquisition and bilingualism; and Earth science, space science and engineering education. She has presented at more than 400 events, authored/co-authored 9 book chapters, over 40 journal articles and features, and over 50 proceedings and reports.  In addition, she was as a writer as well as editor for 278 STAR stories posted to the NASA's GLOBE Program website from 2003-2012, and served as the editor for seven issues of Learning Languages, the professional journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning from 2002-2005.

Her publications have been included in journals such as The Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Children, Youth and Environment; Teaching Children Mathematics; The Journal of Interactive Online Learning; NWATE Journal of Education Practices; Brain and Language; International Reading Association Book Club Selection, December 2000; The Reading Teacher; Foreign Language Annuals; The Language Educator; Learning Languages; TESOL; Hispania; and in several NASA publications and different international venues such as the Impreso en la República Argentina; la Biblioteca Nacional del Perú; the Ministry of Education Magazine, Spain; and the World Meteorological Organization Magazine, Switzerland.

Past Positions

Past positions include serving in several different capacities for NASA's GLOBE Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) from 2001-2012, responsible for facilitating activities in 112 GLOBE partner countries working with NASA's Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) and the U.S. Department of State. Positions included serving as Director of the GLOBE Program Office International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2009-2012 located on the University of Texas at Tyler campus); GLOBE Deputy Director / Director of the International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2006-2009 located at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado); and GLOBE Deputy Chief Educator and Assistant Director of U.S. Partnerships (2001-2003 at the former GLOBE headquarters office in Washington D.C.). From 2003-2012, she also managed all activities related to the GLOBE Help Desk as well as Star historical summaries posted to the GLOBE website. She continues to serve as a GLOBE Master Trainer (1996-present), and also co-directs The University of Texas at Tyler GLOBE U.S. Partnership (2009-present), responsible for recruiting, training and mentoring K-12 teachers and university pre-service education students to implement GLOBE activities with their students in East Texas.

Prior to her position at UCAR, she was an Associate Research Professor of Education at the University of Idaho where she founded a bilingual/foreign language education program, and also served as the NASA Broker Facilitator for the State of Idaho, the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center for the College of Engineering NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, and led the Center for Evaluation, Research and Public Service for the College of Education facilitating faculty in identifying and developing potential grant and evaluation projects. In addition, she served as an adjunct professor for Washington State University, the University of Alabama, and Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon.

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