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Sexton, Julie

Research Associate



research overview

  • I research how to improve student learning, how to improve faculty teaching, and what factors are associated with students' academic and career choices (e.g., what leads them to select and persist in science). All of my research in has diversity, equity, and inclusion as the main foundation. Through my research, I aim to: • Identify how contextual/environmental factors are associated with personal factors and outcomes • Determine what contextual/environmental factors allow for, and are associated with, more inclusive social climates for students in academic settings • Identify students' conceptual development of science topics • Develop tools to identify students' conceptual development • Identify teaching approaches that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in science • Contribute to theory development, particularly social cognitive career theory and gender theory


  • discipline-based science education research, geoscience, geoscience education research, diversity, equity, inclusion, recruitment and retention, student conceptual development


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courses taught

  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.

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