Stephanie Philipp

Stephanie Philipp

Term Faculty, Science Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education
Room 285B - College of Education and Human Development
stephanie.philipp @

Dr. Philipp's curriculum vitae [PDF]


I was, and still am, the only member of my immediate family to have graduated college. Encouraged by excellent teachers and supportive parents, I wanted to be a scientist from early childhood, so I majored in chemistry in college and graduate school. I first worked as a project manager for small companies that developed and implemented environmental analysis projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, and industrial clients. My project teams (engineers, scientists, statisticians, and business managers) collaborated successfully in the lab and field, so I discovered that when experts worked together and listened to each other, they could effectively solve problems. After having an opportunity to work as a college instructor in physical science for non-science majors, I found that studying teaching and learning was a great way to make a difference in science. I became a science teacher in Florida and later in southern Indiana, working with diverse learners in both states.

As an education professor I am able to explore my questions about how people learn and how to teach science. Working with both new and experienced science teachers in our community helps me answer some of these questions and always generates more ideas for me to think about. I also work with university faculty and their teaching assistants to come up with new ways of teaching and learning science, mathematics, and engineering. I belong to several professional organizations (Association for Science Teacher Educators, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, and the American Chemical Society) so that I can share ideas and learn new concepts with colleagues all over the world.

When I am not teaching and researching, I enjoy spending time with my husband (he’s a chemistry professor and administrator at a small liberal arts college) and our three teen-aged children. We love traveling, watching sports, camping, or just fixing a great meal together. We also enjoy hiking with our four retrievers, all who have been rescued. As often as I can, I travel back to Florida for beach time, and I enjoy fishing and scuba diving there too. I also love to read, garden with native plants, and lend a hand in the toddler room at church.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisville
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Florida

Teaching Areas

  • The Teaching Profession
  • Elementary Science Methods
  • Exploring Teaching within the Sociopolitical Context of P-12 Schools
  • Practicum in STEM Education

Research Interests

Research interests lie in STEM education, STEM student persistence, and science teacher professional development.

Professional Activities

  • Boy Scouts of America Hoosier Trails Council, Supernova Mentor, 2015
  • Science Peer Mentoring Program, Hanover College, 2014-15
  • Teacher Education Committee, Hanover College, 2014-15
  • Manuscript Reviewer, International Journal of Science Education, 2014 - present
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, ASTE and NARST, 2010 - present

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE)
  • Kentucky Science Teachers Association (KSTA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association for Science Teacher Education (MA-ASTE)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Philipp, S.B., Tretter, T.R., Rich, C.V. (in press). Undergraduate teaching assistant impact on student academic achievement in general chemistry. Electronic Journal of Science Education.
  • Philipp, S.B., Tretter, T.R., Rich, C.V. (2016). Development of undergraduate teaching assistants as effective peer mentors in STEM courses. Journal of College Science Teaching.
  • Philipp, S.B., Johnson, D.K., & Yezierski, E.J. (2014). Development of a protocol to evaluate the use of representations in secondary chemistry instruction. Chemistry Education Research & Practice. doi: 10.1039/C4RP00098F.
  • Philipp, S.B., Harnett, C. & Tretter, T.R. (2015). Novel makerspace internship: How culture supports engineering student creativity and initiative. Paper presented at the 2015 National Association of Research in Science Teaching International Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Philipp, S.B. & Yezierski, E.J. (April 2015). Evaluation of an inquiry professional development program: Student and chemistry teacher outcomes. Paper presented at the 2015 National Association of Research in Science Teaching International Conference, Chicago, IL.