School of Education
Executive Director, Office of International Programs and Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education
Department: School of Education
Building: 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 School of Education in 2009. Prior to that time, she worked at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado (2003-2009), and at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (1998-2003). During that time, she served on the management team of The GLOBE Program for 11 years (2001-2012), and as the director of the GLOBE International Division from 2003-2012. She currently co-directs the UT Tyler GLOBE U.S. Partnership, serves as the President-Elect of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) International Advisory Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors for SCUBAnauts International, on the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean for Life Program Steering Committee, and as the Texas State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). In addition, she is the Vice President of the EnviroGen International Foundation. Her K-12 teaching experience includes 8 years at the secondary level and 7 years at the elementary/middle school level. She has traveled to over 80 countries through her work and educational experiences and has taught English, science and social studies lessons in classrooms around the world.
Teaching Endorsements (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)
Secondary Teaching Certification:
7-12 Earth Science / Natural Science
7-12 Social Studies
Elementary Teaching Certification:
All subjects K-8.
K-6 Foreign Language: Spanish
K-12 Bilingual Education
K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL)
GLOBE Program Master Trainer (Atmosphere, Hydrology and Land Cover/Biology)
PADI Dive Master
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).
Curriculum Vitae: http://www.teresakennedy.com/