Department of Biology

Dr. Cindi Smith-WaltersSMITHWALTERS

Co-Director of MTSU Environmental Education Center

Phone: (615) 898-5449
Office Location: SCI 1163
MTSU Box 60 Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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 Chapter
  • 1986 Oklahoma Project Learning Tree - Outstanding New Program in the Nation, American Forest Council

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.