Bio

Suzanne M. Nesmith, Ph.D., joined Baylor University’s School of Education in 2009 and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction. Nesmith came to Baylor from Wayland Baptist University where she served as the Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. Previously, she was an elementary and middle level classroom teacher for sixteen years.

A specialist in science and mathematics education, Nesmith has published extensively on the ways in which content, instructional strategies, and instructional contexts work together in the construction of meaning and understanding. Her research has been published in leading refereed journals including International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Action in Teacher Education, Research in the Schools, and Journal of Latinos and Education. Her recent studies include explorations of elementary preservice teachers’ perceptions toward the utilization of literature in mathematics, educators’ design and implementation of environmental education curricula, and the impacts of a professional development experience on educators’ application of green chemistry concepts.

She is part of a multi-university cohort that has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to explore educational materials and infrastructure for teaching concepts in rational molecular design. She has served on the editorial review board on numerous journals, and she has been elected and appointed to leadership positions in the School Science and Mathematics Association, Association of Science Teacher Educators, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Organization.

Having spent over a quarter of a century in education at the preschool through higher education levels, Nesmith is passionate about her chosen profession. She received the CREATE Exemplary Faculty Practice Award for 2013-2014, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, and mentors students while serving in her academic leadership roles.

Degrees (3)

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
2007
Texas Tech University

M.Ed. Educational Administration
2003
Wayland Baptist University

B.S. Curriculum & Instruction
1982
Texas A&M University

Research Interests (5)

Science Education

Literature in Content Areas

Teacher Education

Inquiry-based Teaching & Learning

Environmental Justice

Expertise (4)

Science Education

STEM Education

Environmental Education

Teacher Education

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“This is more about a book than about science!” Preservice teachers’ perceptions toward using literacy strategies in inquiry-based science lessons

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published “This is more about a book than about science!” Preservice teachers’ perceptions toward using literacy strategies in inquiry-based science lessons in Electronic Journal of Science Education, Vol. 21, Issue 5, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Evan Ditmore, Lakia Scott, and Toby Zhu.

Are graphic novels always cool? Student and parent perspectives on elementary mathematics and science graphic novels: The need for action research by school leaders

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Are graphic novels always cool? Student and parent perspectives on elementary mathematics and science graphic novels: The need for action research by school leaders in Planning and Changing, Vol. 47, Issue 3/4, p. 228-245, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Sandi Cooper, Gretchen Schwarz, and Amanda Walker.

Exploring educators’ environmental education attitudes and efficacy: Insights gleaned from a Texas wetland academy

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Exploring educators’ environmental education attitudes and efficacy: Insights gleaned from a Texas wetland academy in International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 6, Issue 3, p. 303-324, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Christopher J. Wynveen, Erin M. Dixon, Bryan W. Brooks, Cole W. Matson, William C. Hockaday, Megan A. Schaum, and John E. DeFillipo.

Social and environmental justice in the chemistry classroom

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Social and environmental justice in the chemistry classroom in Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 94, Issue 8, p. 983-987, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) , Grace A. Lasker, Karolina E. Mellor, Melissa L. Mullins, and Nancy J. Simcox.

Like it, love it, or leave it – Exploring elementary preservice teachers’ field-based perspectives toward the integration of literature in mathematics

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Like it, love it, or leave it – Exploring elementary preservice teachers’ field-based perspectives toward the integration of literature in mathematics in Action in Teacher Education, Vol. 39, Issue 3, p. 321-339, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) , Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Sandi Cooper, and Rachelle D. Rogers.

Longitudinal change in science self-efficacy of elementary teachers

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Longitudinal change in science self-efficacy of elementary teachers in Initiatives in Mathematics and Science Education with Global Impacts, p. 205-216, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) J. Park, and M. McCall.

Exploring graphic novels for elementary science and mathematics

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Exploring graphic novels for elementary science and mathematics in School Library Media Research, Vol. 14, p. 3-19, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Sandi Cooper, and Gretchen Schwarz.

Ways that preservice teachers integrate children’s literature into mathematics lessons

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published The Teacher Educator in The Teacher Educator, Vol. 50, Issue 3, p. 170-186, January 1, 1970, with co-author(s) Rachelle Meyer Rogers, Sandi Cooper, and Barbar Purdum-Cassidy.

Envisioning equitable classrooms that enhance all students’ wonderful ideas: A Duckworth perspective

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Envisioning equitable classrooms that enhance all students’ wonderful ideas: A Duckworth perspective in Journal of Latinos and Education, Vol. 13, Issue 3, p. 238-239, with co-author(s) Jason F. Trumble, Sarah J. Haugh-Villareal, Kelsie S. Porter, Megan A. Schaum, Erin M. Spencer, and Jessica N. Stephens.

Exploring the role of field experience context in pre-service teachers’ development as mathematics educators

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, published Exploring the role of field experience context in pre-service teachers’ development as mathematics educators in Action in Teacher Education, Vol. 35, Issue 3, p. 165-185, with co-author(s) Dr. Sandi Cooper.

Awards & Honors (3)

STEM Teacher Education Colloquium Invited Participant

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, received STEM Teacher Education Colloquium Invited Participant, January 1, 1970.

Quest for Quality Exemplary Faculty Practice Award

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, received Quest for Quality Exemplary Faculty Practice Award from CREATE (Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education), January 1, 1970.

Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) EC-6 Generalist Test Redesign Invited Committee Member

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith, received Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) EC-6 Generalist Test Redesign Invited Committee Member, January 1, 1970.

External Grants (4)

Immersed in the wetlands: An environmental academy for educators

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; $139,179.00; Immersed in the wetlands: An environmental academy for educators; Environmental Protection Agency.

Improving material safety through the minimization of oxidative stress potential: A mechanistic understanding of ROS generation in in viro and in vivo systems

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; $91,000.00; Improving material safety through the minimization of oxidative stress potential: A mechanistic understanding of ROS generation in in viro and in vivo systems; NSF.

Educational materials and infrastructure for teaching concepts in rational molecular design

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; $71,582.00; Educational materials and infrastructure for teaching concepts in rational molecular design; NSF.

Teachers teaching with technology: Hosting a T^3 regional conference

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; $6,000.00; Teachers teaching with technology: Hosting a T^3 regional conference; Texas Instruments.

Professional Leadership (4)

President Elect, School Science and Mathematics Association

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; President Elect; School Science and Mathematics Association.

President, Southwest Region Association for Science Teacher Education

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; President; Southwest Region Association for Science Teacher Education.

Membership Committee, Association for Science Teacher Education

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; Membership Committee; Association for Science Teacher Education.

Education Organization Representative, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Suzanne Nesmith; Education Organization Representative; American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Courses (5)

Comparative Education: International Internship Australia

Science in Elementary School

Social Foundations of Education

Contemporary Curriculum

Advanced Elementary Curriculum Development