Adam Papendieck

Adam Papendieck
Learning Scientist, Jackson School of Geosciences
Lecturer, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Writer in Residence, Jackson School of Geosciences


Email: apapendieck@jsg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 232 0889
Office: JGB , EPS 1.208
Mailcode: C1160

Adam Papendieck (he/him) is a Learning Scientist and Lecturer with the Jackson School of Geosciences. He leads the Learning Science CoLab, a design and research collaboratory connecting scientists who study the earth with social scientists and communities to improve learning, teaching, communication and public engagement in science. Adam also works with Jackson School faculty and staff on the development of models for better, more inclusive classroom experiences, like Curiosity to Question, as well as approaches for learning and changemaking beyond the classroom, like Storytelling for Change and the Geoscience Ambassadors Program. As a researcher, he examines learning as an interactive, emotional and values-sensitive project of meaning-making and identity formation. As lecturer, he teaches about writing, communication, education and the broader social and ethical impacts of science.

Adam has a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Learning Technologies) from UT Austin, a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, and a BA in Philosophy and Biology from Macalester College. He has over 15 years of experience leading international sponsored projects to build human and technological capacity for accessible and culturally relevant higher education, and has also worked extensively on participatory science and community-based learning activities for health and resilience. He has edited, reviewed and published in scholarly journals in the fields of the learning sciences and educational technology, and is active in the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the American Education Research Association (AERA) and at NAGT's Earth Educators' Rendezvous.

Adam rides his bike to work every day. Unless it's broken. Or he has a thing. Or he needs to grab one of his kids or take his dog to the vet or something. In any case, he's becoming a better bike-rider for himself and for our planet.

Areas of Expertise

Science Identity Formation, Ethical STEM, Participatory Learning, Connected Learning, Science and Technology Studies, Critical Theory of Technology, Sociomaterial and Cultural-Historical Perspectives, Design-based Research, Multimodal Narrative Research


Current Research Programs & Projects

Geoscience Ambassadors: Understanding, Communicating and Strengthening Diverse Pathways into the Geosciences.

Developing scientific inquiry, analysis, writing and mentorship through a tiered undergraduate and graduate course-based research experience.

Why and How Teachers and Entrepreneurs use Technology to Change Schools

Design Research on Learning, Identity and Ideological Positioning in a Broader Impacts of Science Course

Design Research on Field and Place-based Learning and Identity Development


Select Past Research

Faculty Development and Instructional Technology at the University of RwandaÂ’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Digital Literacies and eResources to support Human Resources for Health

Frederick Eby Research Prize in Humanistic Studies in Education (Dissertation Prize) - The University of Texas at Austin (2019)

Stephanie Hirsh and Shirley Hord Endowed Excellence Fund for Research Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2018)

Narrative and Research Doctoral Seminar Selected Participant - AERA Narrative and Research SIG (2018)

Faculty/Student Collaboration Award - University of Texas at Austin (2017)

Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Online Instruction, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2020)

Member, Online Education Task Force, The University of Texas at Austin (2020)

Modes of Innovation: How and Why Teachers and Entrepreneurs Use Technology for Change in Schools, American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference, New York, NY (2018)

Mapping Research and Writing Mentorship Assemblages in a Mixed Cohort Course-based Research Experience, International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS), London, UK (2018)

Examining the activity of teachers and technology entrepreneurs: Implications for teacher preparation, International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE) Conference, San Antonio, TX (2017)

Using technology and digital resources to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarly practices in health sciences higher education: lessons learned in Rwanda, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference, Austin, TX (2017)

Grassroots and Global: A Blended Approach to University Faculty Development in Rwanda, International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE) Conference, Denver, CO (2016)

Tablets for Medical Education (T4ME) Project in Rwanda: Usage Patterns and Learning Outcomes Over Three Years, Distance Teaching and Learning (DTL) Conference, Madison, WI (2015)

YearSemesterCourse
2024Spring GEO 371T Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2024Spring GEO 391 Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2024Spring EVS 151 Envir Sci Professionalism II
2023Spring GEO 371T Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2023Spring GEO 391 Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2022Spring GEO 371T Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2022Spring GEO 391 Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2021Spring GEO 371T Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci-Wb
2021Spring GEO 391 Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci-Wb
2020Spring GEO 371T Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci
2020Spring GEO 391 Broader Impacts: Conseq Sci

Graduate Positions

Science Impact Intern
This internship opportunity is focused on the development of activities and resources that amplify the positive impacts of science in society. Interns may chose to focus on work in a variety of domains, including science writing and communication, education, mentorship, outreach and engagement of the public.

For 2022-23, a special emphasis will be placed upon the continued development of a new Science Writing Program.

Email Adam Papendieck for further info: apapendieck@jsg.utexas.edu

 

Undergraduate Positions

Science Impact Intern
This internship opportunity is focused on the development of activities and resources that amplify the positive impacts of science in society. Interns may chose to focus on work in a variety of domains, including science writing and communication, education, mentorship, outreach and engagement of the public.

For 2022-23, a special emphasis will be placed upon the continued development of a new Science Writing Program.

Email Adam Papendieck for further info: apapendieck@jsg.utexas.edu