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Office: 113A Schroeder Complex
Phone: (414) 288-3892

Jill Birren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Courses Taught

Recent Publications


McNew-Birren, J. (2013). Public understanding of local lead contamination. Public Understanding of Science. doi: 10.1177/0963662513500743​

Van den Kieboom, L.,​McNew-Birren, J., Eckman, E., Silver-Thorn, M. B. (2013). Field experience as the centerpiece of an integrated model for STEM teacher preparation.Teacher Education & Practice. 26(2) 339-355.


McNew-Birren, J. (2012). A ‘Tragic Dichotomy’: A Case Study of Industrial Lead Contamination and Management in Herculaneum Missouri. In W. F. Tate (Ed.), Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.


McNew, J. (2004). Sink or swim: The transformative student teaching experience. In J. Weld (Ed.), The Game of Science Education. Boston, MA: Pearson Allyn & Bacon (80-102).

McNew, J. C., Weld, J., & Blake, R. (2004).Studying science teachers: Determining the impact of professional organization membership and standards use. The Science Teacher, 68(7), 32-37.


McNew, J. (2000). Sink or Swim: A student teacher's reflections on becoming a science coach. The Clearinghouse, 74(1), 35-37.


Weld, J., & McNew, J.C. (1999). Attitudes toward evolution. The Science Teacher. 66(9), 26-31.

Recent Presentations

McNew-Birren, J. C. (2011, April).A forced education: The environmental policy context for environmental education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

McNew-Birren, J. C. (2010, May). Think globally, act locally: The complexity of citizen perspectives around local environmental contamination in Herculaneum, Missouri. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

McNew, J. C. (2009, April). Science learning in confronting environmental lead contamination. Paper presented at the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, CA.

McNew, J. C. (2009, March). Herculaneum, Missouri: The causes and consequences of industrial lead contamination. Paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association, Chicago, IL.

Duncan, G.A., McNew, J. (2007, April). Ways of seeing diversity: Methodological dilemmas in the study of urban youth. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Balcerzak, P., Elmesky, R., Gay, A., Iverson, J., McNew, J., Oliver, L. (2007, January). Design of a K-12 learning progression in sub-cellular processes. Symposium at the International Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Clearwater, FL.


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