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Julie A. Luft

  • Athletic Association Professor of Science Education & Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Education (Science Education)

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Office Location

110H Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Development of Science Teachers
  • Science Teacher Induction
  • Science Teacher Education

Research Interests

  • Early Career Secondary Science Teachers
  • Science Teacher Knowledge
  • Undergraduate Science Education

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Research Summary

As a former middle and high school science teacher, it is important that my work impact the lives of science teachers. In taking this stance, my work initially focused on professional development programs (PDP) for science teachers. My first PDP involved teachers watching each other in order to strengthen their instruction. Overtime, my work has shifted towards understanding and supporting newly qualified or newly hired science teachers: specifically through science-focused induction programs. Currently I am engaged in examinations of the content knowledge of early career science teachers, and I have begun working in the area of undergraduate science education.

I have written numerous research articles, book chapters, editorials, and co-edited books. Most recently I completed two extensive reviews of research in the areas of science teacher professional development and newly hired teachers of science. I was also on committee that wrote the 2015 National Academies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publication pertaining to science teacher professional learning.


I graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994, after teaching middle and high school science for 5 years. I have previously held appointments at The University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.

My current work focuses on beginning secondary science teachers, and undergraduate faculty knowledge and instruction. Undergraduate education is a new and exciting area of study! My current research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

I have served on the board and as President of ASTE, a council member for NSTA, the Director of Research of NSTA, a board member of NSTA, the NSTA representative to the NARST board, and I have served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (10 years), Electronic Journal of Science Education, and the School Science and Mathematics journal. I was also the first scholar in residence at NSTA. As an advocate for graduate students, I have participated as a mentor (2009, 2011) and co-directed (2013) the Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students. I have also been a mentor at the South African Association for Research in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Summer School (2010, 2013, 2016).


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Science Education University of Iowa 1994
MST Ecology New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 1990
BSEd Life Sciences University of New Mexico 1985

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2010 AAAS Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year Association of Science Teacher Education
2010 Outstanding Professional Development/School Improvement Book Association of Educational Publishers
2012 JRST 2011 Publication Award National Association for Research in Science Teaching
2013 Mentor of the Year Association of Science Teacher Educators
2017 Implications of Research for Educational Practice Association of Science Teacher Educators
2017 Fulbright Specialist - Vietnam Fulbright Program
2017 NSTA Fellow National Science Teachers Association
2017 Creative Teaching Award University of Georgia
2019 Aderhold Professor Award College of Education, University of Georgia