Laurie A. Cleavinger, Ph.D.

Multi-Term Lecturer
Primary office:

Science Education: Laurie Cleavinger, lecturer, joined the KU School of Education faculty full-time in the fall of 2010. Previously she worked as a high school science teacher at McLouth High School in McLouth, KS. Cleavinger earned her Ph.D. from Kansas State University, her M. A. from the University of Kansas, and B.S. in biology from the University of St. Mary. Her research interests include methods of differentiating assessment and instruction, project-based instruction, and improved methods of training pre-service teachers in science education. Cleavinger was the Region 2 college representative on the board for the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. Last spring, she spoke about the use of project-based instruction with the Next Generation Science Standards at the KATS state conference. She has been an instructor for the Kansas Department of Education Summer Academies for the last two summers.

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching
  • Project-based instruction
  • Science education
  • Knowing and Learning
  • UKanTeach
  • Pedagogical content knowledge

Research Interests

  • Project-based instruction
  • Inquiry learning
  • Pedagogical content knowledge

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2009
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kansas, 1984
  • B.S., Biology, Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1978


Middle and Secondary Science Education

Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award