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Carolyn Parker Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer SOE Faculty

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Master of Arts in Teaching, Union College, Schenectady, NY
B.A., Biology, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

Carolyn Parker is the Director of Graduate Teacher Education in the School of Education. She began her career in science education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, where she helped develop interpretive trails in the Biotopo Chocón Machacas and taught environmental education. Upon her return to the United States, she earned an M.A. in science teaching and taught high school chemistry and biology in New York State and Miami, Florida. Dr. Parker earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland College Park.

Dr. Parker’s current research interests focus on issues of equity and access in STEM education and teacher education. Currently, Dr. Parker is the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) award. AU’s Enhanced Teaching and Learning Through Problem-Based Pedagogy builds on the current evidence base of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning with undergraduate, non-science majors, including undergraduate elementary teacher candidates.

Dr. Parker has authored numerous book chapters, technical reports, and peer-reviewed papers. Her work appears in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, and Cultural Studies in Science Education.
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Spring 2024

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