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Education Professor Paul Kuerbis Awarded Emeriti Status

Education Professor Paul Kuerbis, who joined the Colorado College faculty in 1973, has been awarded emeriti status by the CC Board of Trustees. He co-chaired several committees whose work led to the formation of the Learning Commons in Tutt Library, a centralized area of student support services in writing, quantitative reasoning, and disability services. He also served as director of the college's Crown Faculty Center for faculty development, a position he held since 1999.

Education Professor Paul Kuerbis Awarded Emeriti Status

Education Professor Paul Kuerbis, who joined the Colorado College faculty in 1973, has been awarded emeriti status by the CC Board of Trustees. He co-chaired several committees whose work led to the formation of the Learning Commons in Tutt Library, a centralized area of student support services in writing, quantitative reasoning, and disability services. He also served as director of the college's Crown Faculty Center for faculty development, a position he held since 1999.

Kuerbis devoted his career to science education and the professional development of science and mathematics teachers. He began his career as a secondary (7-12) science teacher implementing inquiry-based curricula in his school while serving as department chair. His work in mentoring new teachers led him to his life-long pursuit of excellence in science teacher education. At CC he founded and directed the Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science program that leads to Colorado licensure and the Master of Arts in Teaching Integrated Natural Sciences program for K-12 experienced teachers.

Kuerbis is the recipient of two Eisenhower grants and several grants from the National Science Foundation totaling well over $15 million. From 2000 to 2008, he was co-principal investigator of the $6.3 million STEP-uP (Science Teacher Enhancement Unifying the Pikes Peak region) grant that impacted more than 2,800 K-6 teachers in five school districts. From 2008-2011 he was the director of a Colorado Math Science Partnership grant for middle-school science based at Colorado College.

He joined the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008, having previously served as a member of KSTF's Science Advisory Committee. He is past president of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), served on the Governor's Board of Directors for the Colorado Statewide Systemic Initiative in Science from 1994 to 1999, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for PKAL (Project Kaleidoscope), a higher education STEM reform initiative, based at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) in Washington, D.C.

Kuerbis received his B.S. in biology from St. Mary's College in California, his Master's in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in science education from the University of California, Berkeley.