Candidate for Vice Chair

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Ken Turner Candidate Biography


Current Position: Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of Dubuque

I have been blessed with a multi-faceted career in science education, and I hope to utilize my experiences in the further service of science education in Iowa.

I earned my MAT at DePauw University, Indiana; and received my EDD from National Louis University, Wisconsin in 2015.  I have taught Biology, Chemistry, Chemistry of Food, AP Chemistry, and Physical Science at the high school level.  I taught seventh grade Earth Science, and four summers of Materials Science and Engineering Design (for seventh and eighth grade) at the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University; and was a National Board Certified Teacher until 2015.  Now I teach General Chemistry and STEM Engineering Design at University of Dubuque; I also lead Chemistry Outreach to local high schools and supervise tutoring for high school students.

I have led workshops and presentations at ISTS, IAS, and NSTA from San Francisco to Baltimore.  I will be presenting two talks at NSTA Milwaukee in November; on Fostering Creativity and on Creating Engineering Design projects.  I have had articles published in The Science Teacher, Journal of Chemical Education, and others; and have co-authored two books on middle school and high school science.  (Here’s an article:  I was selected director for a Toyota Tapestry Award and won Tandy Top 100 Teachers of Math, Science, and Computer Science.   If elected, I will use my skills and abilities to serve our members and the ISTS mission: to advocate for excellence in science education by promoting professionalism, influencing policy, and enhancing learning.  It would be an honor to serve our communities with you.