Christine A. Bertz, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

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About Dr. Bertz

Dr. Bertz  designs research proposals and evaluations with a particular focus on projects that aim to improve the quality of STEM teaching and learning.  She has led numerous evaluations at CREP, and has served as Principal Investigator for several multi-year evaluations of inquiry-based STEM innovations in partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).  Her personal research interests include exploring the value of informal science education experiences on student engagement with STEM academics and careers. She is trained in WCAG 2.0 accessibility compliance, and leads CREP's social media team.  

Dr. Bertz holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Mississippi and has over fifteen years of experience designing and conducting research projects.  Her background includes work in animal physiology, ecological conservation, botany, and water quality, and she has served as adjunct faculty at Southwest Tennessee Community College as well as an instructor at the University of Mississippi. In addition to her work at CREP, she serves in a volunteer capacity on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council, and has been a regional invited speaker to non-profit and conservation organizations. 


Ph.D., Biology, The University of Mississippi
M.S., Biology, Texas Christian University
B.S., Biology, Rhodes College