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Preeti Gupta



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Dr. Preeti Gupta, senior vice president for education and family programs, is responsible for strategic planning and program development for the internationally replicated Science Career Ladder Program, keys initiatives in school change, teacher professional development, and family learning. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering from Columbia University, a Master's Degree in Education from The George Washington University and a doctoral degree in Urban Education from the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 1999, she was selected as one of forty-two women who have contributed to the community in unique ways showcased in a photo exhibition, The Many Faces of Queens Women. In 2005, she won the Inaugural National Roy L Schafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field from the Association for Science Technology Centers.  


Her research interests include supporting teachers in become STEM practitioners, teacher preparation, youth employment and workforce development and the role of cultural institutions in mediating identity development in youth. Her most recent federal awards include the IMLS-funded Sustaining Community Collaborations, a project to co-create science program events with the local Hispanic and Asian communities with the intention of increasing visibility and use of the science center in those communities, the NSF-funded Virtual Hall of Science designed to support high school youth to develop, and implement a virtual science center while developing 21st century ICT skills, and the NSF-funded project, CLUSTER, a research project designed to pilot a teacher preparation program that weaves high quality clinically experiences working in a science center with a rigorous preparation program at a local college.  


Gupta, P. (in formation). Using Evaluation Results to Build a Culture of Evaluation Into an Institution. Invited Chapter for NSF-funded PI Guide to Managing Evaluation in Informal Science Education

Gupta, P. Adams, J., & Dierking, L (September, 2011). Motivating youth through authentic, meaningful and purposeful activities: An examination through the lens of transformative activist stance. Invited White Paper for Convening on Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM. Boston, Massachusetts

Adams, J., & Gupta, P (in formation). "I learn more here than I do in school. Honestly, I wouldn't lie about that.": Creating a space for agency and identity around science. International Journal for Critical Pedagogy.

Gupta, P. Correa, J. Bueno, S., Sharma, J. (in press) Using cogenerative dialogues in an informal science institution. In K. Tobin, A. Shady (Eds.) Transforming urban education: Collaborating to produce success in science, mathematics and technology education. Eds. K. Tobin, A. Shady. Sense Publishers

Saxman, L., Gupta, P., Steinberg, R. (2010). CLUSTER: University-Science Center Partnership for Science Teacher Preparation. New Educator. 6(3/4). 280-296

Gupta, P., Adams, J., Kisiel, J., DeWitt, J. (2010). Examining the complexities of school-museum partnerships. Cultural Studies of Science Education. 5(3). 685-699

Gupta, P., Adams, J. (in press). Museum-University Partnerships for Pre-service Education. In International Handbook for Science Education. Eds. B. Fraser and K. Tobin. Springer Publications.
Parker C., Stylinski, C., Darrah M., McAuliffe C., Gupta,P., Akbayin, B. (in press). Integrating information technology into STEM classrooms: A preliminary review of ITEST teacher professional development. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education.

Gupta, P., & E. Siegel. (2007). Science career ladder at the NY Hall of Science: Youth facilitators as agents of inquiry. In Exemplary science in informal education settings: Standards-based success stories, Eds. R. E. Yager and J. H. Falk, 71-84. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.