School of Education
Executive Director, Office of International Programs and Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education; Professor, Engineering
Department: School of Education
Building: BEP 246 and 3620 Varsity Drive
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).
M.A. University of Idaho, 1985
Major: Spanish language and literature
B.S. University of Idaho, 1985
Major: Secondary Education
Cognates: Bilingual, ESL and Spanish instruction with Earth Science, Natural Science and Social Studies emphasis (content-based instruction)
B.A. University of Idaho, 1983
Cognates: French/Social Studies
International Studies: Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastián, Spain; Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (Fulbright-Hays Scholar), Quito, Ecuador; and Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
Dr. Kennedy joined the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009. She holds a joint appointment as Professor of bilingual science education/STEM Education in the School of Education and as Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Office on International Programs, a unit within Academic Affairs. Prior to that time, she was a professor at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (1998-2003), and also taught at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon. In addition, she worked for NASA’s GLOBE Program at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado and Washington D.C. (2001-2009). During that time, she served on the management team for GLOBE for 11 years (2001-2012), as Deputy Director (2006-2009) and as the Director of the GLOBE International Division (2003-2009 at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado; 2009-2012 from UT Tyler), and currently co-directs the UT Tyler GLOBE U.S. Partnership.
Dr. Kennedy currently serves as the President of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE), the Chair of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) International Advisory Board, and also serves on the Board of Directors for SCUBAnauts International, on the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean for Life Program Steering Committee, as the Texas State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) and on the Board of Study Texas. 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 90 countries through her work and educational experiences. She has taught language, science and social studies lessons in classrooms around the world and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina (2014) and in Ecuador (1993).
Courses Taught at UT Tyler
EDUC 5306 – Current Innovations in Education
ELED 4360/5300 – Teaching English Language Learners
EDUC 4360 – ESL Methodology
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 300 events, authored/co-authored 8 book chapters, over 30 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 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.
Contributions to national and international committee reports include:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) International Advisory Board (2006-2008) and the NSTA International Task Force Committee (2004-2005) report “ Developing a World View for Science Education in North America and Across the Globe ” resulting in NSTA decreeing 6 April 2006, as NSTA’s First International Science Education Day.
Subcommittee on International Education and Foreign Language Studies, a subcommittee of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) 2006 report Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security .
The World Meteorological Organization Public Weather Services Strategy for Developing Public Education and Outreach 2006 Report (PWS-14; WMO/TD No. 1354).