Gess-Newsome has devoted her academic career to the preparation and support of teachers and received recognition from the National Association of Science Teachers, the Association for Science Teacher Education, and the American Education Research Association for her work. Her work has attracted more than $14 million in state and federal research and education grants. With support from the National Science Foundation, Gess-Newsome is leading an international research effort to better define and improve science teacher knowledge and classroom practice.
Julie Gess-Newsome, a professor of science education, was most recently dean of the Graduate School of Education at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Prior to her tenure at Willamette, Gess-Newsome served as the J. Lawrence Walkup Distinguished Professor of Science Education at Northern Arizona University’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning for more than a decade. She is a member of the board of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and a past president of the Association for Science Teacher Education.