Middle School Science Instructor, East Tennessee State University School
P.O. Box 70632
Johnson City, TN 37614
High School Diploma – University School, Johnson City, Tennessee, 1995
B.S. – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2000, Biology
M.S. – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2001, Elementary Education
Ph.D. – North Carolina State University, 2010 (Expected), Science Education
Tennessee Professional Licenses: Elementary 1-8
Status: Highly Qualified
2001-2007, 2009 - Present 7th & 8th Grade Science Instructor, ETSU University School
2005-2007 Middle School Technology Instructor, ETSU University School
Spring 2006 Exploring and Discovery in Science, ETSU Adjunct Professor
2001-2004 6th Grade Math Instructor, ETSU University School
Service, Leadership, and Professional Growth Activities
Fall 2009 Teacher Leader of University School Science Department, ETSU
Spring 2008 Hasselblad Seminar and school visits, Gothenburg, Sweeden
Fall 2008 University Supervisor of Student Teacher, NCSU
Summer 2008 Testing Consultant, Durham Public Schools, NC
Summer 2008 Consultant, Horizon Inc., Chapel Hill, NC
Summer 2008 Workshop Coordinator: Friday Institute, 1 to 1 Initiative, Raleigh, NC
April 2008 Organized activities and tours for NanoDays Event, Raleigh, NC
April 2008 Maze Days for students with visual impairments, Chapel Hill, NC
Spring 2008 Teaching Assistant for Master’s Level Science Education Course, NCSU
October 2007 Science Night at Stough Elementary School, Raleigh, NC
2003–2007 Mentor Teacher for Student Teachers, ETSU
2001-2007 Organized University School Science Fair
May 2007 Professional Exchange Rotary International, Seoul, South Korea
October 2006 National Association of Laboratory Schools Symposium, Scranton, PA
November 2006 National Middle School Association Conference, Nashville, TN
July 2006 Science Safety Seminar, Johnson City, TN
July 2005 Item-Review Workshop for Tennessee Achievement Test, Nashville, TN
November 2004 Featured Employee for Outstanding Service, ETSU
July 2004 Nuclear Fundamentals Workshop, Spring City, TN
June 2004 Science Education Leadership Institute, Reaching for Excellence in Middle and High School Science Partnership, ETSU
April 2003 Standard Setting Study for The Praxis Series, Nashville, TN
November 2002 Tennessee Association of Science Meeting, Nashville, TN
Selected Publications and Presentations
Gardner, G.E., Jones, M.G., Taylor, A., Forrester, J., & Robertson, L. (in press). Students’ risk perceptions of nanotechnology applications. International Journal of Science Education.
Robertson, L. & Meyer, J. (2010). Exploring sound with insects. Science Scope.
Robertson, L. (2009, May). Autonomy and Self-determination Theory in different contexts: Cultural determinants of middle school science teachers’ motivation and instruction. Poster presented at Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Graduate Student Research Symposium, NC State University.
Robertson, L., Jones, M.G., Gardner, G.E., Dotger, S., & Krebs, D. (2009, April). Elementary science kits: Classroom practices, instructional strategies, and assessment types. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Robertson, L. & Jones, M.G. (2009). Biological clocks and circadian rhythms. Science Scope, 32, 42-47.
Jones, M. G.; Falvo, M.; Kubasko, D.; Taylor, A.; Forrester, J.; Gardner, G.; Krebs, D.; Robertson, L. (2008). Monsters to mice –size and scale across the sciences. Workshop presentation at National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Boston, MA.
Blakely, A., Horton, A, & Robertson, L. (2005). Creating a climate of communication. Presentation at the annual National Middle School Association conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Robertson, L. (2003). Book reviews in Your reading: An annotated booklist for middle school and junior high, 11th Edition. Brown, J. E. & Stephens, E. C. (Eds.). National Council of Teachers of English.
August 2007-June 2009 Research Assistant in Science Education, NC State University
2005-2007 Middle School Science Teaching and Learning Partnership for Northeast Tennessee, Co-Investigator working with Dr. Aimee Lee Govett
2005-2006 Action Research Project “Analysis of the Impacts of Block and Hour-long Classes on Middle School Student Performances in Science”
2004-2005 Action Research Project “Analysis of Pre- and Post-test Data from Cumulative Test – 6th Grade Math”
2005 University Middle School Curriculum Re-alignment Proposal
2001 Master’s Level Action Research Project on Art and Science Integration
2000 Undergraduate Honors Thesis on Fear and Aggression in Agelenopsis aperta
Grants and Fellowships
March 2009 College of Education Dissertation Support Award, NCSU ($1500)
July 2005 Provost’s Fellowship, NCSU ($4000)
January 2005 “GSI: Geologic Science Investigators” ($500), Eastman Chemical Company
April 2003 Grant to purchase chemistry teaching materials ($200), American Chemical Society
February 2003 “Flower Form and Function” ($75), Junior League of Johnson City, TN
Professional Association Memberships
2007 – Present American Educational Research Association
2007 – Present National Association of Research in Science Teaching
2007 – Present North Carolina Science Teachers Association
2001 – Present National Science Teachers Association
2001-02, 2006 – Present Tennessee Science Teacher Association
2001 – 2004 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics