Name, Position, Affiliation Information:

Jeanine Huss, Ph D  


School of Teacher Education

Western Kentucky University (WKU)


Current Academic Responsibilities:

I teach undergraduate and graduate Elementary Science Methods courses and graduate Environmental Education and research courses.  I help observe teacher candidates teaching both mathematics and science lessons.  I serve on the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (CEBS) Curriculum Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.  The focus of my research involves integrating diversity into the classroom, integrating environmental education into preK-12th grades, and community-based science.


Recent Accomplishments:

·         Co-chair for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Higher Education eePro

·         Served on the Science Standards Committee for the Kentucky Department of Education

·         Several Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) cross-disciplinary grant winners for WKU

·         Received Certified Professional Environmental Educator (2016-2017) in Kentucky (recognized by NAAEE)

·         CEBS Public Service Award winner

Service to SSMA and other Professional Organizations:

·         Presented at SSMA, NAAEE and KAEE Conferences

·         Served on the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Awards and Endowment Committee (2018-2021)

·         Reviewed SSMA Conference proposals 2019, 2022

·         Reviewed NAAEE Conference proposals and travel scholarship winners

·         Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) site reviewer

·         Serve on the Advisory Committee for the Kentucky Association of Environmental Education (KAEE)

·         Reviewer for the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education

·         Reviewer for Applied Environmental Education and Communication

·         Reviewer for EPA Regional Grants

·         Secretary for the Friends of Mammoth Cave National Park



Vision for SSMA:

Over the past eighteen years spent in higher education, I have presented at numerous conferences at the state, national, and international level.  I would like to see SSMA focus on recruiting more diverse practicing teachers and professors into the organization.  I also would like to focus on ways to welcome attendees to the conference and help people feel included more at the conference.  SSMA needs to be a conference that people opt to attend because of the friendships and collegiality experienced there. In addition, I think it is important for SSMA to be a place that mentors the next generation of Mathematics and Science teachers and professors.