About the Researchers

Mary Hobbs, Ph.D., Program Coordinator for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching, earned a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Abilene Christian University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University. She has over twenty years experience as a classroom teacher at all grade levels, Pre-K through high school, but she spent most of her teaching career as a middle school science teacher. She served as Science Specialist in Lubbock, Texas and as Administrator for Science for Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston. Dr. Hobbs is a past president of the Texas Science Education Leadership Association (TSELA) and has numerous contacts among teachers, science supervisors, and school administrators statewide. Her research interests include inquiry based learning and instruction, curriculum design, and teacher empowerment.

Amy Moreland, Ph.D., Professional Development Coordinator for the Center for Inquiry in Math and Science at The University of Texas at Austin, worked as Mary’s graduate research assistant on the teacher empowerment project for over four years. She recently completed her dissertation entitled, “A Mixed-Methods Study of Mid-Career Science Teachers: The Growth of Professional Empowerment,” under the advisement of Dr. James Barufaldi.