Lucretia Octavia Tripp

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Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn University
Nominee: Marilyn Irving

Lucretia Octavia Tripp is an Associate Professor in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University with 10 years of experience teaching at the college level in the area of science. Her major focus has been to teach undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in elementary education. She has 11 years of experience as a Program Coordinator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Urban and Rural Community Enrichment Program (URCEP) in middle grades education. She has taught as an adjunct and an online professor (Curriculum and Instruction) and has 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher at the middle and elementary grades. She has a Doctorate in Educational Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Natural and Applied Sciences with a concentration in Aviation and Space Science from Oklahoma State University. She has her Bachelor of Science degree from Wesleyan College in Middle Grades Education.

Dr. Tripp recently received the 2012 undergraduate faculty teaching award at Auburn, and also led a study abroad program to Malawi, Africa with 11 students and three faculty members in teaching, mentoring, and working in the schools and community of Lilongwe, Malawi.

Her research has focused on girls in science from underrepresented populations in elementary and middle school teaching, the use of learning and temperament styles in teaching, and the use of virtual classrooms for preparing preservice teachers to teach at the elementary level.

She is developing her international presence by conducting presentations and talks in Belgium, China, Japan, Greece, and Africa, working with teachers and students to improve science teaching and science learning.

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