Jennifer Hope, Ph.D.

Photo of Jennifer Hope, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Education

Director of Teacher Education

Office: Piper Academic Center (PAC) 206

Phone: (618) 537-6885


Ph.D., Teaching & Learning Processes, UM-St. Louis (2012)

M.A., Environmental Education, Maryville University (2004)

B.S., Environmental Science, Lenoir-Rhyne College (1997)

Teaching Interests

Methods of teaching science for future elementary and secondary school teachers.


Several papers in preparation resulting from my dissertation research on high school student engagement with science and technology.

Teaching Philosophy

I approach the classroom with a constructivist and experiential learning philosophy. I consider myself a learner as much as a teacher, and consider learning a lifelong endeavor. As John Dewey said, “Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”


Sandra K. Abell Dissertation Institute Fellow 2011

Susan Salesky Rudin Qualitative Research Fellowship 2011

National Science Foundation CADRE DRK-12 Fellow 2010

Center for Inquiry in Science Teaching and Learning (CISTL) Doctoral Fellowship

Organizations & Memberships

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)