DR. CINDI SMITH-WALTERS
Co-Director of MTSU Environmental Education Center
Phone: (615) 898-5449
Fax: (615) 898-5920
MTSU Box 60
B.S. (Biology/Secondary Educ.), East Central State University
M.S. (Curriculum and Instruction), Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. (Environmental Science), Oklahoma State University
Environmental education in both formal and informal settings; Teaching and Instructional
Strategies; Learning; Evaluation and Assessment.
Contributor/evaluator of several international curriculum projects including project
WILD, Project Learning Tree, and Project Aquatic WILD; Co-author of WILD SCHOOL SITES,
a guide for developing habitat improvement projects on school grounds; Developed several
curricula projects in-house dealing with endangered species of Tennessee, urban habitat
improvement, science on the Murfreesboro City Square, etc.
- 2000 MTSU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, MTSU Foundation
- 2000 Project Learning Tree Service Award, Oklahoma Project Learning Tree
- 1999 MTSU Foundation Award for Outstanding Public Service, MTSU Foundation
- 1999 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education, TN Env. Ed. Assn.
- 1998 Science Educator of the Year/Higher Education, TN Science Teachers Association
- 1994 Project WILD Director's Award of Recognition, National Project WILD
- 1993 Forest Resource Award, TN Forestry Association
- 1993 Excellence in EE Award, TN Environmental Education Association
- 1992 President's Environment and Conservation Challenge Award presented by President
George Bush Sr.
- 1991 SAMAB Award to conduct teacher forestry education training in Sweden
- 1991 Certificate of Appreciation, Metro Council Directors of Volunteers
- 1990 Conservation Educator of the Year, Tennessee Conservation League
- 1990 Earth Day Make a Difference Award, TN Division of Forestry, District IV
- 1988 State of Excellence Award, Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon
- 1987 Outstanding Educator of the Year, Soil & Water Conservation Society, Oklahoma
- 1986 Oklahoma Project Learning Tree - Outstanding New Program in the Nation, American
GRADUATE PROGRAM ROLE:
Directs individual study projects of graduate students; Member of the Graduate Faculty
Since 1993 the MTSU Environmental Education Center has garnered well over $4 million
in grants and contracts to conduct environmental education programs and projects in
Middle Tennessee. The Center works with both formal and informal educators, pre-service
teachers, community members, and youth.