Dr. Pei-Ling Hsu is Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas in El Paso and is a former high school earth science teacher. She received her M.S. in science education from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan and Ph.D. in science education from University of Victoria in Canada. Her research interests focus on informal science learning, partnerships with scientists, discourse studies, and students’ career pursuits in science. She is the coauthor/editor of 3 books, 29 refereed journal articles, 15 book chapters, 29 conference papers, and 74 presentations at international and national conferences. Her publications appeared in top journals in science education, such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, Research in Science Education and International Journal of Science Education. In terms of grants, Dr. Hsu received more than 2 million funding from various sources, such as National Science Foundation, the Office Research and Sponsored Projects (UTEP), College of Education (UTEP). Dr. Hsu is also the recipient of 2015 Regions’ Outstanding Teaching Awards from University of Texas System. She has taught different education courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Also, through the partnership with different organizations (e.g., museums, after school programs) and schools, Dr. Hsu’s undergraduate and graduate students participated in creating engaging science projects for K-12 students inside and outside schools. So far, about 1,300 students benefited from these science projects.


Associate Professor in Science Education

UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor

Ph.D. Program Director - Teaching, Learning, and Culture

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Room 813, Education Building

Department of Teacher Education

College of Education

University of Texas at El Paso

500 W. University Avenue

El Paso, TX, 79968, USA



1. STEM for All Video Showcase - Speak Up! Youth's Cogenerative Dialogues with Scientists (5/20/2019)

2. KTSM - UTEP Faculty Presents Video in Innovative STEM Education (5/19/2019)

2. UTEP News - UTEP Educators' Video Promotes STEM Education (5/16/2019)

3. El Paso Herald-Post - UTEP Educator's Video Promotes STEM Education (5/16/2019)

4. CAISE Spotlights - Speak up! Youth’s Cogenerative Dialogues with Scientists (10/11/2017)

5. UTEP News - 10 UTEP Faculty Earn Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award (8/28/2015)

6. UTEP News - Regents Recognize 10 UTEP faculty as Outstanding Teachers (8/21/2015)

7. EPISD News - Work With a Scientist Program Wraps Up for the Summer (7/28/2015)

8. UTEP News - UTEP Researchers Enhance Creativity of High School Students (7/17/2015)

9. UTEP News - High School Researchers Begin ‘Work With a Scientist’ Program (1/16/2015)

10. El Paso INC. - UTEP Program to Jumpstart STEM Careers (1/14/2015)8.

11. UTEP News - UTEP’s Work With a Scientist Program Launches 2nd Cohort of High School Researchers (1/9/2015)

12. UTEP Expertise Connector - High School Students Pave a Future to Science (8/1/2014)

13. EPISD News - Irvin High School Students Present Their Research Projects at UTEP (7/15/2014)

14. News Channel 9 – KTSM - Local High School Students Get Hands-On Experience with Science (12/20/2013)

15. University Communications - Irvin Students, UTEP Faculty Part of $1.5M Research Project (12/9/2013)

16. El Paso Inc. - Irvin Students, UTEP Faculty in Research Project (12/8/2013)

17. El Paso Times News - Students Attend Orientation for UTEP – Irvin High School Research Collaboration (12/7/2013)

18. UTEP News - $1.5 M NSF Study Focused on Impact of Informal STEM Learning (10/10/2013)

19. UTEP News - Faculty Awarded More than $2 Million to Strengthen STEM Education and Interest (10/01/2013)

20. UTEP News - Professor Uses “Circus” to Study Teacher Retention! (9/25/2012)


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