The enthusiasm and talents of KSTF Fellows are amazing; they are making an enormous difference in the next generation of informed citizens.
Dr. Paul Kuerbis Trustee
Dr. Paul Kuerbis
Paul Kuerbis joined the KSTF Board of Trustees in 2008, having previously served as a member of KSTF’s Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Kuerbis has been a Professor of Education at Colorado College and the director of the college’s Crown Faculty Center for faculty development, a position he has held since 1999, and will retire from the College in 2012.
Dr. Kuerbis has devoted his career to science education and the professional development of science and mathematics teachers. He began his career as a secondary (7-12) science teacher implementing inquiry-based curricula in his school while serving as department chair. His work then in mentoring new teachers led him to his life-long pursuit of excellence in science teacher education. At Colorado College, where he has been faculty member since 1973, he founded and directed the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science program that leads to Colorado licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching Integrated Natural Sciences program for K-12 experienced teachers.
Dr. Kuerbis is the recipient of two Eisenhower grants and several grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling well over $15 million. From 2000 to 2008, he was Co-Principal Investigator of the $6.3 million STEP-uP (Science Teacher Enhancement Unifying the Pikes Peak region) grant that impacted over 2800 K-6 teachers in five school districts. From 2008-2011, he was the Director of a Colorado Math Science Partnership grant for middle school science based at Colorado College.
Past president of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Dr. Kuerbis has served on the Governor’s Board of Directors for the Colorado Statewide Systemic Initiative in Science from 1994 to 1999. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Science Teacher Education for three years. He also served as the initial science teacher educator on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Undergraduate Science from 1996-2000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope), a higher education STEM reform initiative, based at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) in Washington, DC.
Dr. Kuerbis received his BS in biology from St. Mary’s College (CA), his Master’s in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his PhD in science education from the University of California, Berkeley.