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About Laura Robertson


Present Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University Curriculum and Instruction, Clemmer College

Curriculum Vitae


2017 Reaching for Excellence in STEM and Literacy through Project-based Learning
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): T. Jones, Karin Keith
2017 Science Literacy in Education through Project-Based Learning
Tennessee Department of Education
Math Science Partnership Grant Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Steve Starnes, Chih-Che Tai, Karin Keith, R. Bailey, S. Seaton, Renee Moran, Huili Hong
2016 - 2017 Exploring Innovation and Integration by Middle and High School Science and English Language Arts Teachers
East Tennessee State University
Research Development Center Major Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Renee Moran, Huili Hong
2016 Integrating Science and Literacy in Elementary Education to Promote Learning and Improve Pre-Service Teacher Preparation
East Tennessee State University
Dean’s Collaboration Mini-grant of Clemmer College of Education
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Andrea Lowery, Lindsay Lester, Renee Moran
2016 Reaching for Excellence in High School Biology and Literacy
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Karin Keith, T. Jones
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Reviewer, Best STEM Book Panel, National Science Teacher Association
Present Member, Association of Middle Level Education
Present Member, Association of Science Teacher Educators
Present Reviewer, International Journal of Science Education
Present Reviewer, Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Present Member, National Association of Research in Science Teaching
Present Member, National Science Teachers Association
Present Reviewer, Science and Children
Present Member, Tennessee Science Teacher Association
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Honors and Awards

  • 2004 - Featured Employee for Outstanding Service, ETSU
  • 2006 - University School Teacher of the Year, ETSU Clemmer College of Education
  • 2009 - Distinguished Secondary Science Teacher Award, Tennessee Academy of Science
  • 2010 - Ecuador Partnership Proclamation, State of Tennessee Senate
  • 2010 - University School Innovative Faculty Award, ETSU Clemmer College of Education
  • 2014 - Outstanding Alumna Award, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2018 - Clemmer College of Education Research Award with Chih-che Tai, Karin Keith & Renee M. Rice Moran


  • CUAI 5957 - Special Topics: Integrating Science Learning with Literacy using Informational and Fictional Texts in Middle School Science
  • SCED 5957 - Special Topics: Project-based Learning in Elementary Science
  • SCED 5600 - STEM Theory and Pedagogy
  • SCED 5454 - Residency I: Middle Grades Science
  • SCED 4321 - Exploring and Discovery in Science
  • SCED 4321 - Residency I: Science
  • SCED 4020 - Wildlife Conservation
  • SCED 3310 - S.T.E.M. Content for the Elementary School Teacher


August 2010 PhD, Science Education, North Carolina State University
August 2001 MS, Elementary Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
May 2000 BS, Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Contact Information

P.O. Box 70684
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: 509 Warf-Pickel Hall
Phone: 423-439-7678
Fax: 423-439-8362


Book Chapters (3)

Edited Publications (1)

International Refereed Publications (4)

National Refereed Publications (3)

International Refereed Presentations (3)

National Refereed Presentations (15)