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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

Designing resilient energy education programs for a sustainable future

Lane, J., A. Baker, R. Franzen, S. Kerlin, and S. Schuller. 2015. Journal of Sustainability Education, 8.

Status and needs of environmental education related organizations in Wisconsin: results of the 2014 state-wide survey

Kerlin, S., J. Kacoroski, and K. Liddicoat. 2015. Technical report from University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Consortium.

From local to extreme environments (FLEXE): connecting students and scientists in online forums

Carlsen, W.S., E. Goehring, and S.C. Kerlin. 2014. Pages 81–89 in V.C.H. Tong (editor). Geoscience Research and Outreach: Schools and Public Engagement, volume 21 in Innovations in Science Education and Technology series. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.

Global learning communities: a comparison of online domestic and international science class partnerships

Kerlin, S., W. Carlsen, G. Kelly, and E. Goehring. Online 2012, print 2013. Journal of Science Education and Technology 22(4):475–487.

Professional development strategies that promote science inquiry teaching and learning

Kerlin, S. 2012. Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching 10:74–87.

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