Dr. Teresa Higgins, Assistant Professor

Teresa Higgins


  • Ph.D.: University of Georgia (Science Education)
  • M.Ed.: Clarion University (Science Education)
  • B.S.: St. Francis College (Biology)

Contact information

  • Email: teresa.higgins@unco.edu
  • Phone: (970) 351-2617
  • Fax: (970) 351-2335
  • Office: Ross Hall 1530
  • Office hours: varies by semester, by appointment

Courses Taught

  • EDEL 460 (Elementary Science Methods)
  • SCI 465 (Principles of Scientific Inquiry)
  • SCED 570 (Teaching Science in the Elementary School)
  • SCED 671 (Elementary and Middle School Science Curriculum)

Research Interests and Professional Activities

My research interests include K-12 teacher development, technology in education and science safety. In the fall 2004, I received a grant award to develop an on-line microbiology course for elementary and middle school teachers. This course is currently being designed and will be offered in the summer 2005. Additionally, I am working with Ann Ratcliffe of the MAST Intstitute to research safety practices in secondary science classrooms and studying the impact on student achievement.

Academic Awards/Professional Honors

  • 1997, Conservation Education/Project Wild, Outstanding Supporter, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • 1986, Muriel Green Award for Outstanding New Teachers of Elementary Science, Council for Elementary Science International

Recent Publications

  • Wilder, A., Brinkerhoff, J. & Higgins, T.M. (2003) Geographic information technologies +project-based science: A contextualized professional development approach. Journal of Geography, 102 (6).
  • Schaffer, L., Pinson, H. & Kokoski, T. (1998) Listening to Rain Sticks. Science and Children, 35, (5), 22-27.
  • Kokoski, T.M. & Patton, M.M. (1997). Backpacking: Interactive science and mathematics for young children and their parents. Dimensions in Early Childhood Education, 25 (2), 11-16.

Current Grant Projects

  • “Microbial Explorations for Elementary Educators (ME 3)”, Waksman Foundation, 2004-2005.