Professional Biography

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.  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, 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 over 90 countries (see list below) through her work and educational experiences, 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 published on 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
Teresa is the President-Elect of the International Council of Associations for Science Education (Presidential Term: 2014-2016), serves on 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 is 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 GLOBE in early 1996 while serving as the NASA Broker Facilitator for Idaho and the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center at the Universty of Idaho (1996-2003).  Currently, she is Co-Director of 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.  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 at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (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. Prior to that time, she served as the Co-Director of the University of Idaho GLOBE Partnership (1996-2002) and continues serving as a national as well as international Master Trainer for the GLOBE Program (1996-present).   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 National / International Committees:

Past accomplishments include:

  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Public Weather Services Expert Group on Education (2006-2007), producing the WMO publication Public Weather Services Strategy for Developing Public Education and Outreach (WMO/TD No. 1354).

  • Subcommittee on International Education and Foreign Language Studies, a subcommittee of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) (2004-2006), producing the report Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security.  Access the full report: CED report Education for Global Leadership.

  • Editor of Learning Languages, the professional journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), completed seven issues of the journal (2002-2005).  Also served on the NNELL National Advocacy and Political Action Committee (2001-2005) and as the Pacific Northwest NNELL Representative (2001-2004) and the NNELL Representative for the State of Idaho (1996-2003).

  • President, Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL), 2003-2004.

  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Service Learning Consultant Corps (AATSP), created  the first AATSP Service Learning Web site and served as Web master, 2002-2004.

  • NASA Office of Earth Sciences Award of Appreciation, 2003.

  • Conducted programmatic evaluations for the U.S. State Department of Education, the Idaho State Department of Education as well as the Idaho State Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the University of Idaho College of Education, and NASA while serving as the Director for the Center for Evaluation, Research and Public Service (CERPS) in the College of Education at the University of Idaho, 1997-2003.

  • Board of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Language (NADSFL), created the first NADSFL Web site, serving as their Web master and Newsletter Editor, 2000-2003. 

  • Diversity and Human Rights Advisory Board, University of Idaho, 2001-2003.

  • NOAA Teacher at Sea Scholar on board the Ocean Seeker Ka'imimoana, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Conducted research on phytoplankton blooms along the California coast and the effectiveness of a new echosounder, recording digital tracking data of the ocean floor across the Pacific (from San Diego, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii) with scientists from NASA, NOAA and Knudsen Engineering (Canada), May 2001.

  • Highlighted Presentation: “Internet en las escuelas de Estados Unidos y una perspectiva del programa GLOBE.” Congreso de EducaRed Foro de la Escuela Virtual, Ministerio de la Educación, Madrid, España, 2001). 

  • University Advisor, Association of Latin-Americans and Iberians (ALI), 2001-2003.

  • President, Idaho Association of Teachers of Language and Culture (IATLC), 2000-2001.  Served on the Idaho Department of Education Committees creating the Idaho State Foreign Language Standards and the English as a New Language (ENL)/Bilingual Standards documents, 2000-2002.  Also created the first IATLC Web site and served as their Web master, 2000-2003.

  • Foreign Language Standards Review Committee, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 2000.

  • Chair, Idaho's Most State Standards for English as a New Language (ENL) / Bilingual Education Standards and Committee Member for Idaho's Most State Foreign Language Standards, 2000.

  • NASA Space Grant Fellow, Idaho Space Grant Consortium, 1997-1998.

  • Project NOVA Scholarship Recipient (NASA's Opportunities for Visionary Academics), 1997-1998.

  • NASA Broker Facilitator for Idaho and the director of the NASA Regional Educators Resource Center at the University of Idaho (1996-2003).

  • National NOVA Fellow (NASA's Opportunities for Visionary Academics), 1996-1997. 

  • Fulbright-Hays Grant Scholarship Recipient, attended the Universidad Technológica Equinoccial, Quito, Ecuador, 1993.

  • Universidad de Valencia, Spain, 1982-1983.

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 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):
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 conducted educational workshops and meetings in the following locations around the world:


49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.
 
Presented educational programs in 76 countries (visited 91 countries)
Argentina: Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Ushuaia-Antarctica; Australia: Cairns, Canberra, Melbourne & Sydney; Bahrain: Manama; Bangladesh: Dhaka; Belguim: Eupen; Bhutan: Paro & Thimphu; Brazil: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, & São Paulo; Brunei: Bandar Seri Begawan; Burundi: Bujumbura; Cameroon: Yaoundé; Canada: Antigonish-Nova Scotia, Calgary-Alberta & Vancouver-British Columbia; Czech Republic: Prague; Chile: Arica & Santiago; China: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Yangzhou & Hong Kong; Colombia: Bogota, Medellin & Pereira; Costa Rica: San José; Croatia: Šibenik; Cyprus: Larnaca & Nicosia; Denmark: Copenhagen & Eckernförde; Dominican Republic: Cabarete & Santo Domingo; Ecuador: Otavalo, Quito, & the Galapagos Islands; Egypt: Cairo; Estonia: Tallin & Tartu; Ethiopia: Addis Ababa; Haiti: Port-au-Prince; Finland: Helsinki; France: Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Nice & Paris; Germany: Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Kiel & Unna; Greece: Athens & Samos Island; India: Agra, Bagdogra, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Delhi, Gantok-Sikkem & Kalimpong; Ireland: Cork, Dublin, & Killarney; Israel: Eilat & Tele Aviv; Italy: Mantova; Japan: Kitakyushu, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka & Tokyo; Jordan:  Amman & Aqaba; Kenya: Nairobi; South Korea: Seoul; Kuwait: Kuwait City; Latvia: Riga; Lebanon: Beiruit & Ramlief-Aley; Macedonia: Ohrid & Skopje; Madagascar: Antananarivo; Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang; Borneo Island: Sarawak, Kuching; Maldives: Male; México: Campeche, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta & Tasco; Nepal: Kathmandu & Pahupat Fatek; Netherlands: Amsterdam & Utrecht; Norway: Oslo; Oman: Muscat; Panama: Saber City & Panama City; Paraguay: Asunción; Perú: Aguas Calientes, Lima & Machu Pichhu; Philippines: Iloilo & Manila; Poland: Warsaw; Portugal: Lisbon & entire coastline; Qatar: Doha; Russia: Korolev, Moscow & Vladimir; Rwanda: Kigali; Saudi Arabia: Jeddah City & Riyadh; Scotland: Glasgow; Senegal: Dakar; South Africa: Cape Town & Johannesburg; Spain: Cáceres, Madrid,  Valencia & all provinces; Sri Lanka: Colombo; Sweden: Stockholm; Switzerland: Buelach & Geneva; Tanzania: Arusha & Kilimanjaro; Thailand: Bangkok, Chang Rai & Phuket; Trinidad and Tobago: Port of Spain & Scarborough; Turkey: Istanbul; Ukraine: Kiev & Odessa; United Arab Emirates (UAE): Dubai; United Kingdom: Coventry, Hertfordshire & London; United States (see list above); Uruguay: Montevideo; and Wales: Cardiff.

Countries visited that are U.S. Territories (2): Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Countries visited as a tourist (13): Andorra; Aruba; Austria; Bahamas; British Virgin Islands; Canary Islands; Grand Cayman Islands; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Monaco; Morocco; New Zealand and Singapore.
 

Contact Information

Teresa J. Kennedy, Ph.D. 
 
Executive Director, Office of International Programs
Professor, Bilingual/ELL/STEM Education
University of Texas at Tyler, USA
http://www.uttyler.edu/education/faculty/kennedy.php 
 

Last Updated: February 2014