Renee Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Middle and Secondary Education
Georgia State University
Dr. Renee’ Schwartz is Professor of Science Education in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education at Georgia State University. She holds a PhD in science education from Oregon State University, a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Wake Forest University, and a B.S. in Biology from Purdue University. Her primary research focus is epistemological views of science, with particular attention to how science research experiences (in/out of school and within the scientific community) can impact learners’ understandings of nature of science and nature of scientific inquiry, and how these conceptions may facilitate access to science through impacting learners’ science identity development. This work is contextualized in urban settings with a focus on people of color who often do not see themselves as “science people” due to inequitable representations of who can be a scientist. Dr. Schwartz has published 44 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, presented over 90 conference papers, and conducted numerous invited talks, seminars, and workshops. She has served as PI or Co-PI on funded projects totaling over $6 million. Dr. Schwartz is actively engaged in international science education communities, is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Science Teacher Education, and is currently President-elect of NARST. More about her research can be found here.