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Steve Kerlin, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Director of Education

Education Department

Contact

skerlin@stroudcenter.org
tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 297
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interest and Expertise

My research interests are in environmental and science education, technology to enhance and extend outdoor education, educator professional development, and inquiry-based teaching and learning. I am an Eagle Scout and worked at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation for 10 summers. When not at work, I enjoy kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures with my 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.
  • 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Science Teacher, Penns Valley Area School District, Pennsylvania, 1998–2005.

Publications

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).

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.

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.
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