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Rebecca Hite, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,  Science Education
Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education, Room #364
Texas Tech University
Box 41071 | Lubbock, TX 79409-1071
Phone: 806.834.6370


Rebecca Hite is an Assistant Professor of Science/STEM education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Hite taught high school science and geography for 13 years in the public schools of North Carolina as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.  During her tenure teaching, she attained National Board Certification, was awarded a Kenan Fellowship for Teacher Leadership at NC State, selected as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) science ambassador, served as a research teacher with the American Physiological Society at the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, and received both local and state level recognition for exemplary science teaching and leadership.  Hite proudly served as a Congressional Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives (7th district of IL with the Honorable Danny K. Davis).  As a doctoral student, Hite was recognized as an ASCD emerging leader fellow, an AEI education policy research fellow, a William and Ida Friday graduate student fellow, and a NC education policy fellow.  In 2016, she was awarded the John C. Park National Technology Leadership Fellowship Award in science education by The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) for her research in teacher’s pedagogical perceptions of 3-D, haptic-enabled virtual reality technology.


Her research foci at Texas Tech University includes exploring the affordances of emergent instructional technologies (3-Dimensional, haptic-enabled, and virtual reality) in STEM education as well as addressing issues of underrepresentation in STEM by evaluating the efficacy of targeted interventions to augment individual and collective STEM interest, motivation, and identities.  She draws inspiration from her experiences with both formal and informal science teaching and learning, teacher leadership development, advocacy work in STEM education policy, as well as her interests in advancing geography within the STEM disciplines.  
Jessica Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. Jessica Gottlieb is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her doctorate in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for STEM Education at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Gottlieb previously worked as a classroom teacher in Los Angeles, CA. Her research focuses on how educational policy can be used to increase equity and access of high-quality STEM education opportunities. Her current projects include examining the effects of longitudinal professional development on STEM teachers’ identity as teacher leaders, identifying factors related to student persistence in STEM occupations, and the use of accountability-based measures in STEM teacher preparation.


Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology and Leadership


Jon McNaughtan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University where his research covers two critical junctures of higher education. First, his work centers on the role and experience college presidents. In this vein he has studied how presidents are selected and their communication strategies during time of crisis. Through this line of work he hopes to assist in the development of future college leaders. Second, analyzes the role of community colleges in enhancing the STEM pipeline. Over the past four years he has assisted in the creation of a unique dataset that tracks over one million community college students through the STEM curriculum and also includes key measures of success. Through this line of work he hopes to answer questions regarding the role of community colleges in the production of STEM professionals and provide insight on how community colleges can better support students in these fields. He is serving as co-director of the TX EPFP program for oversight and recruitment.

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