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Steve Kerlin, Ph.D.

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Steve Kerlin, Ph.D.

Director of Education

Education Department

Contact

skerlin@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-910-0053
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interest and Expertise

Steve Kerlin’s research interests are in environmental and science education, technology to enhance and extend outdoor education, educator professional development, and inquiry-based teaching and learning. He is an Eagle Scout and worked at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation for 10 summers. When not at work, Kerlin enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures with his family.

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Education

  • Ph.D., curriculum and instruction, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S., curriculum and instruction, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
  • B.S., secondary education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Professional Experience

  • Director of education, Stroud Water Research Center, 2016–present.
  • Assistant professor of environmental education/interpretation and youth programming/camp management, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2013–2015.
  • Statewide specialist in nature center management and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension, 2013–2015.
  • Assistant professor of science and environmental education and director of the Center for Environmental Education, Northern Kentucky University, 2009–2013.
  • Science teacher, grades 7–9, Penns Valley Area School District, Pennsylvania, 1998–2005.

Publications

Our Watershed

Marcum-Dietrich, N., S. Kerlin, C. Staudt, and M. Daniels. 2018. The Science Teacher 85(2):39–48.

Status and needs of environmental education related organizations in Wisconsin: results from the 2015-2016 state-wide survey

Hougham, J., S. Kerlin, K. Liddicoat, K. Ellis, and E. Crampe. 2017. A technical report from University of Wisconsin-Extension,Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, and the 2015 Wisconsin Environmental Education Consortium.

Children’s use of iPads in outdoor environmental education programs

Kacoroski, J., K. Liddicoat, and S. Kerlin. 2016. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 15(4):301–311.

Green schools as learning laboratories? Teachers’ perceptions of their first year in a new green middle school

Kerlin, S., R. Santos, and W. Bennett. 2015. Journal of Sustainability Education 8(1).

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