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About Elizabeth A. Whalen (Ring-Whalen)

Elizabeth A. Ring-Whalen is an Assistant Professor of Education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and the director of the National Center for STEM in Elementary Education (NCSEE.) She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM Education from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on STEM education: what this looks like in PreK-12 classrooms and the exploration of teachers’ beliefs of integrated STEM as well as how these beliefs influence teachers’ practices and student achievement in the classroom. Alongside this research, she has worked to explore the attitudes and beliefs teachers hold about cultural diversity and teaching culturally diverse students. Past and current projects include designing and teaching undergraduate and graduate-level coursework intended to help teachers develop effective science teaching practices and culturally relevant pedagogy for their classrooms, mentoring pre-service science teachers, working with in-service science teachers to develop and implement integrated STEM curricula, leading STEM integration professional development for in-service science teachers, and working with administration and teachers to develop STEM programming in their schools.  She recently became the PI on an NSF grant whose project outcomes aim to develop a K-12 STEM observation protocol that can be used in a variety of educational contexts through an online platform.  Dr. Whalen is a native Minnesotan and she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog in the outdoors.


Present Assistant Professor, Education, St. Catherine University Education Department

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - Present APDC Curriculum Development Grant
St. Catherine University
Integrated STEM Pedagogy Curriculum - Program Development
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Natasha Yates
2018 - Present Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK-12)
National Science Foundation
Collaborative Research: Design & Development of a K-12 STEM Observation Protocol
Role: PI
2019 - 2020 APDC Travel Support
St. Catherine University
2018 - 2019 APDC Travel Support
St. Catherine University
2018 - 2019 GHR Faculty Global Travel Support
St. Catherine University
2017 - 2018 APDC Travel Support
St. Catherine University
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Chair, Ed. Dept. Placement Coordinator Search Committee (SCU Ed. Dept.)
2019 - Present Member, Integration Committee (St. Catherine University)
2019 - Present Member, PSTI Revision Committee (SCU Ed. Dept.)
2018 - Present Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2018 - Present Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
2018 - Present Member, edTPA Assessment Committee (SCU Ed. Dept.)
2017 - Present Member, Graduate Action Research Committee (SCU Ed. Dept.)
2017 - Present Peer Reviewer, Journal of Science Teacher Education; International Journal of STEM Education; Science Education
2017 - Present Member, STEM Strategic Plan Committee (SCU Ed. Dept.)
2016 - Present Conference Proposal Peer Reviewer, NARST; ASTE; ASEE; International STEM in Education Conference
2015 - Present Member, Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
2015 - Present Member, National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
2008 - 2014 Member, Minnesota Science Teacher's Association (MnSTA)
2006 - 2014 Member, National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA)
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018 International Conference in STEM Education - Best Paper Award
  • Haugo Scholarship Awardee - 2017
  • Siemen's STEM Institute Fellow - 2013
  • MnSTA/Medtronic Foundation Science Teacher of the Year - 2011


  • Student Teaching Seminar
  • Integration Seminar
  • SySTEMic Integation
  • Physics and Engineering for Educators
  • Methods and Materials in Elementary Science Education
  • Secondary Science Methods


2014 - 2017 PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ College of Education and Human Development
2011 - 2013 MA, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota ‐ Education
2002 - 2004 Teaching Certification (MA), University of Alaska, Fairbanks ‐ Rural Educator Partnerships Program
1995 - 1999 BA, Augustana University ‐ Biology/Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6199


Publications (19)

Presentations (40)