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Evans, Gayle Nelson

Gayle EvansClinical Assistant Professor in Science Education
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2040 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048
Phone: 352-273-4186
Fax: 352-392-9193

Teaching and Research Biography

As a Clinical Assistant Professor in science education, I am most involved in teaching and science coordination for UFTeach, a UTeach institute member program with minors in secondary mathematics and science education. The underlying philosophy guiding UFTeach is that a person best learns to teach through engaging in cycles of planning, teaching and reflection. Because of this, much of my efforts are based in building and maintaining partnerships with local teachers, schools, afterschool programs and informal educational settings to provide pre-service teachers with varied opportunities to work with learners across the K-12 spectrum and beyond.

My research interests center around teacher learning, from pre-service teacher education, as university students prepare for a career in teaching, continuing through to the lifelong learning and professional growth of practicing teachers. Specifically, I am committed to helping teachers plan curricula that will meet the demands of state and national science standards while still finding ways to keep their students actively engaged in scientific and mathematical inquiry. Additionally, I am an advocate for integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in ways that offer students authentic problem solving and critical thinking opportunities within their science coursework. Because I began my career as a high school teacher, I am always trying to find ways to ensure that the work we do here at UF will help to positively impact the STEM education opportunities for students and families in our local community.


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (STEM Education), 2020
University of Florida

M.Ed. in Science Education, 2000
University of Florida

B.A. in Biology, 1994
Mount Holyoke College

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Science Education, University of Florida, 2021- present

Lecturer, University of Florida, 2014-2021

Visiting Lecturer, University of Florida, 2012-2014

Science Teacher, Gainesville High School, Gainesville Fl, 1998-2012

Activities and Honors

Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, College of Education, 2016

Selected Publications

Apraiz, K., Evans, G., Dana, T. (2020). Aligning field and classroom experiences for secondary STEM teacher preparation. In J. Goodell & S. Koc (Eds.), Preparing STEM Teachers. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Crippen, K. J., Bokor, J. R., & Evans, G. N. (2018). A Synthesis of the Empirical Research on Blended Learning in K-12 Science Education, 2000 – 2014. In Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning (2nd ed., pp. 1-685). Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press.

Evans, G. N. (2012). AP Environmental Science Crash Course. Piscataway, NJ: Research & Education Association.

Selected Links

UFTeach Secondary Science Education website: https://education.ufl.edu/uf-teach/

UTeach Institute website: https://institute.uteach.utexas.edu/