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Dr. Elizabeth Lewis has a BS degree in geology, and a minor in Fine Arts, from the College of William and Mary, a MS in geological sciences from the University of Maine, a secondary science teaching certification and MS in Teaching & Learning from the University of Southern Maine. She taught high school Earth and space science for 7 years, also becoming a National Board Certified teacher in 2002. Dr. Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (with a science education focus) at Arizona State University in 2009. She began working at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education in August 2009 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. Dr. Lewis directs the Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program, has been PI of two NSF Robert Noyce grants totaling $2 million, and co-PI on several other grants. In 2021 she spearheaded the award of a $2.9 million NSF Noyce Master Teacher Fellows grant to design and research a new science teacher-leadership professional development program culminating in an Ed.S. degree. In January 2022, Dr. Lewis was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education, focusing on expanding teacher professional development and research on secondary science education issues at UNL. Dr. Lewis is also affiliated faculty with the Women and Gender Studies program.


  • Ph D, Arizona State University, 2009
  • MS, University of Southern Maine, 1999
  • MS, University of Maine, 1997
  • BS, College of William & Mary, 1991


  • TEAC 924J, Seminar in the Curriculum and Teaching of Science: Special Topics, Spring 2019
  • TEAC 995A, Doctoral Seminar: Ph.D. Pro-Seminar, Fall 2019
  • TEAC 800, Inquiry into Teaching and Learning, Fall 2019
  • TEAC 949A, Seminar in Education: Special Topics in Education, Spring 2018

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Setting empirically informed policy benchmarks for physical science teaching, Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Science teaching reform through professional development: Teachers’ use of a scientific classroom discourse community, Science Education, May 2015
  • Conflict of allegiance: Professional development challenges in transforming science teachers' identities and practices, Journal of Biological Education, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2022
  • A case of fragmented high school Earth and space education in the Great Plains: Tracing teacher qualification policy to students' access, A Case of Fragmented High School Earth and Space Science Education in the Great Plains: Tracing Teacher Certification Policy to Students' Access, August 2017
  • A professional learning community activity for science teachers: How to incorporate discourse-rich instructional strategies into science lessons, The Science Educator, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2014
  • Preparation for practice: Perspectives of elementary preservice teachers learning and using scientific classroom discourse community instructional strategies, School Science and Mathematics, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2014
  • A Call for a New Geoscience Education Research Agenda, Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Supporting representation-rich problem-solving in high school physics, Supporting representation-rich problem-solving in high school physics, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2019

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Longitudinal Evaluation NOYCE, NSF, September 2015
  • UNL Science Scholars Program, NSF, September 2010
  • Enhanc Ne Knowledge of Earth Scienc, Ne Coord Comm for Postsec Educ, January 2014
  • Moving Beyond Marginalization: Investigating Access to Earth and Space Science Education, Internal, June 2013
  • Development of Biochemistry Undergraduate Students' Writing and Graduate Students' Teaching Skills, University of Nebraska, Kelly Grant, June 2013
  • Nebraska Partnership TEAMS, Ne Dept Education, August 2016

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • College Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Vice Chancellor's Office for Academic Affairs, 2016

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