Teresa J. Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and a Professor of Bilingual/ELL/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education at the University of Texas at Tyler. As the Senior International Officer (SIO) for UT Tyler, she serves as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for F Program activities and as the Responsible Officer (RO) for J Program activities working with the U.S. Department of State Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP). She has a Ph.D. in Education, with a concentration on international / bilingual science education, content-based foreign language, ESL/ELL education, and also has a M.A. degree in the Spanish language. Her K-12 teaching experience includes 8 years at the secondary level, 7 years at the elementary/middle school level, with over 15 years teaching in higher education. During her teaching career, she has held K-12 teaching certificates in the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, with secondary teaching certification in Science (Earth Science and Natural Science), Social Studies, Spanish, English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, and is also certified to teach all subjects at the elementary level. She has served as a content-based ESL instructor in Spain, and has taught English, science and social studies lessons in classrooms around the world.
She has visited 96 countries (see list below) through her work and educational experiences, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador in 1993 and Argentina in 2014-2015. 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 a writer/editor for 278 STAR stories published on the GLOBE Program website from 2003-2012 while she served as director of the International Division for the program, 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.
Teresa is the President of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (Presidential Term: 2014-2017), serves as the Chair of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) International Advisory Board (2013-2016), and is the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) Texas State Representative (2011-2014). Teresa is a PADI Dive Master (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and serves on the SCUBAnauts International Board of Directors (2007-present) as well as on the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean for Life Program Steering Committee (2008-present). She also serves as the Vice President of the EnviroGen International Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization striving to assist the development of the next generation of environmental leaders by providing opportunities to develop skills to deal with environmental challenges of local, regional and global relevance.
Teresa became involved with the GLOBE Program (sponsored by NASA and NSF, supported by NOAA and the U.S. Department of State, and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research-UCAR) in early 1996 while serving as the NASA Broker Facilitor for the State of Idaho and the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center at the University of Idaho. From 1996-2002, she served as the Co-Director of the University of Idaho GLOBE Partnership and as a national and international Master Trainer for the GLOBE Program. In addition, she served in several different capacities on the GLOBE Program Office (GPO) Management Team from October 2001-December 2012, including the following positions: Director of the GPO International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2009-2012 located on the University of Texas at Tyler campus); Deputy Director of GLOBE / Director of the International Division and U.S. Country Coordinator (2006-2009 located at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado); Director of International / U.S. Partnerships and Outreach for the GLOBE Program and U.S. Country Coordinator (2003-2006 at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado); and the 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, Teresa also managed all activities related to the GLOBE Help Desk as well as Star historical summaries posted to the GLOBE website. Currently (from 2013-present), she continues serving as a Master Trainer for GLOBE, and also co-directs the University of Texas at Tyler GLOBE U.S. Partnership, 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. See her complete GLOBE bio.
While an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho (1996-2003), she created and led the bilingual/foreign language teacher education program in the College of Education and directed a content-based FLES Program focusing on Earth and space science, mathematics and social studies for the Moscow School District (Idaho) for 5 years. While at the UI, she also worked for several NASA Education Programs for the College of Engineering from 1996-2003, serving as the NASA Broker Facilitator for the State of Idaho (2001-2003), as the Director of the NASA Idaho Regional Educator Resource Center (1997-2003), and as a member of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (1996-2003).
Teresa 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) in 1998 for her doctoral research entitled “FLES: The cognitive and attitudinal effects of content-related foreign language instruction" which documented a district-wide FLES program that incorporated GLOBE and other NASA science education materials into learning activities focusing on acquisition of Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish languages.
In 2012, Teresa received the University of Texas at Tyler Researcher of the Year Award. Prior to that, she was added to the Honor Roll of Inspirational Teachers at the University of Idaho in 2003, and received the Alumni Award for Excellence as an Influential Faculty Member at the University of Idaho in 1999. She was the recipient of the 2002 ACTFL/FDP-Houghton Mifflin Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology with IALLT (International Association for Language Learning Technology) at the University Level. She was also the recipient of the 2002 Pacific Northwest Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award from the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (PNCFL) for implementation of content-based science programs for students learning through multiple languages. Early in her teaching career, she received the Outstanding Middle School ESL-Bilingual/Foreign Language Teaching Award (Beaverton School District, Oregon, 1988) for her work to promote achievement in science, mathematics and social studies through the study of languages.
Teresa'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 published articles in journals such as The Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Children, Youth and the Environment; Teaching Children Mathematics; The Journal of Interactive Online Learning; NWATE Journal of Education Practices; Brain and Language; The International Reading Association; The Reading Teacher; Foreign Language Annals; The Language Educator; Learning Languages; TESOL; Hispania; as well as articles for several NASA publications and different international organizations such as the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
She is presently serving on the following State / National / International Committees:
Past accomplishments include:
Dr. Kennedy is a current member of the following educational organizations:
Science Education: Council for Elementary Science International (CESI); International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE); National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC); National Science Teachers Association (NSTA); and the Texas STEM Center Coalition (T-STEM). Internationally, she is a member of the Association of Science Education (ASE) in the United Kingdom and the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA).
General Education (including Literacy and Language Learning): The Association of International Educators (NAFSA); America Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education; National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL); Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
She has presented scholarly papers and/or attended/conducted educational workshops and meetings in the following locations around the world:
49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia -- still missing one state!
Andorra; Argentina; Aruba; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bhutan; Brazil; British Virgin Islands; Brunei; Burundi; Cameroon; Canada; Canary Islands; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; England; Estonia; Ethiopia; Finland; France; Germany; Grand Cayman Islands; Greece; Greenland; Haiti; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; South Korea; Kuwait; Laos; Latvia; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; México; Monaco; Morocco; Nepal; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Norway; Oman; Panama; Paraguay; Perú; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Russia; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; Scotland; Senegal; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Tanzania; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates (UAE); United States; Uruguay; and Wales.
*Countries visited that are U.S. Territories (2): Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Teresa J. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Office of International Programs
Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education
University of Texas at Tyler, USA
Last Updated: July 2014