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Kate A. Baird, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Science Education
Division of Education
CC Room 154

PHONE: 812.348.7313
FAX: 812.348.7338

Biographical Statement

Kate is a student of science learning, and teaching is her passion. Working with students as they explore learning and learners is her reason for working at the university level. A central component of Kate's teaching is to give learners the opportunity to use inquiry and self-reflection to make meaning of science education. In 1996, Kate began preparing secondary science educators following the "new National Science Education Standards" and using constructivist-learning theories. Later, she expanded her influence to the biology faculty at State University of New York, where she facilitated discussions about brain-based learning and National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) positions on inquiry and experiential learning as a part of the redesign of the freshman biology experience. Recently, Kate has focused on creating opportunities for inquiry across the curriculum and for building connections among state, national, and international learners. She believes that providing educational opportunities for learners while they are still within their comfort zones of school and home is an important first step in supporting growth of educators.


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction -Science Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (1994)

M.S. in Environmental Science and Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1987)

B.S. in Microbiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (1982)

Professional Activities

Current Professional Memberships

  • Association for Educators of Teachers of Science (ASTE), 1996-present
    • Long range planning committee
    • Professional Development committee
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), 1989-present
    • Past District X Director
    • pre-service committee
    • special education advocate committee
    • Hospitality committee NSTA regional meeting in Indianapolis, IN
    • Planning committee for 2012 national conference
    • Position Statement for 21 Century Skills committee Taskforce on NSTA Council Leadership
    • 2011 National Congress on Science Education Planning committee
    • Science Teacher manuscript reviewer
  • Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc., 1987-present
    • Member and Board Liaison for Science Matters

Other Appointments and Professional Consultantships

  • Building a Presence for Science in Indiana-now Science Matters, 2005-present
    • State Coordinator

Courses Taught

  • EDUC E323: Inquiry in Math and Science
  • EDUC M301: Field Experience
  • EDUC M306: Field Experience
  • EDUC Q200: Intro to Scientific Inquiry
  • EDUC W505: Topical Seminar-Hands on Math and Science Grades 4-10
  • Student Teaching Supervision

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • IUPUC Faculty Senate
    • Member and Chair, Consitution and Bylaws committee
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) student chapter at IUPUC
    • Faculty Sponsor
  • Science Saturdays at IUPUC
    • Faculty Sponsor

Research Activities

Kate’s current focus is on developing a model for shared-language development in science that supports all learners. She is using Lego WeDo and the immersive planetarium experiences to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL)-based lessons.

Awards & Activities

  • 2013 IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Service Award Nominee
  • 2012 IUPUC Trustee Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2011 IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Service Award
  • 2007 IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Service Award

Civic Engagement

  • Columbus Evening Kiwanis Club
    • Member
    • Chicken BBQ Chair
    • Scholarship Review Panel
    • Pancake Feast Co-chair
    • Ethnic Expo Parade Co-organizer
    • K-bug Team Member
  • iGrad tutor
  • American Bunka Embroidery Association
    • President
  • Columbus Festival of Lights Parade
    • Organizing Committee