Brett Criswell, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education
105 Taylor Education Building
Dr. Criswell joined the faculty in 2013 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in STEM Education and as the department representative on Kentucky’s STEMx Project. He holds an M.S. in Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (with a Science Education emphasis) from Penn State University.
Following 15 years of teaching high school chemistry and the completion of his doctoral degree, Dr. Criswell was a faculty member at Georgia State University where he was the coordinator for the MAT Secondary Science program. He was also a Co-PI on a Noyce Track II grant designed to develop chemistry and physics teacher leaders (a project with which he is still associated). Another grant on which he is currently a Co-PI is representative of his research interests: Integrating Quality Talk Professional Development to Enhance Professional Vision and Leadership for Teachers in High-Needs STEM schools. This NSF-funded grant is focused on using a discourse model (Quality Talk) to improve the learning of science in high school classrooms. Understanding the effect of this model on the meaning making in which the students engage and on the teachers’ ability to interpret and respond to students’ reasoning is exemplary of the kind of work in which Dr. Criswell likes to immerse himself.