Consultant & State Coordinator for TAMP
Degree InformationB.S., University of Tennessee ()
Bob English serves as State Coordinator for the Tennessee Amphibian Monitoring Program (TAMP) and is the webmaster for the WaterWorks! program. In addition to consulting with the Center for Environmental Education, he and his wife Pandy work on a variety of natural history inventory projects in several states. He has over 20 years of experience in birding and his nature photography has been published in a number of books, magazines and CD-ROMS, including the National Audubon Society books, The Bird Garden and The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher. His frog and toad photographs and recordings are featured on the website for his environmental consulting service, Leaps . Other passions are flying (he received his diamond badge in sailplanes in 1985 and currently flies a 1949 Piper Clipper) and amateur astronomy.
Associate Professor of Biology Education
Office | Room 1161, Science Building (SCI)
Mail | MTSU Box 60, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Degree InformationEd.D., Tennessee State University (2002)
E.D.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1979)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1976)
Areas of Expertise
My primary research interests are situated in my desire to understand more about teaching and learning as it relates to life and environmental science.
I joined the faculty on a tenure-track position the Fall of 2002 but have served as an adjunct instructor since 1989. I am co-director for the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and have served as assistant to the directors for the Center for Environmental Education since 2002 and a program consultant with the CEE since 1992. I am a facilitator-trainer for Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET and conduct numerous workshops related to life and environmental science for teacher development programs.
Professional Affiliations and Contributions
Association for Science Teacher Education - Conference proposal reviewer
Ecological Society of America - Teaching Issues in Ecology Education reviewer
National Association of Biology Teachers - Four Year Section Chair, 2014 and Professional Development Committee
National Association for Research in Science Teaching - Conference proposal reviewer
National Science Teachers Association - JCST manuscript reviewer
North American Association for Environmental Education - Research Symposium proposal reviewer
Society for College Science Teachers - TN membership chair (2005 -2013)
Tennessee Academy of Science - President, 2014 and Education Section Chair (2004-2013)
Tennessee Environmental Education Association - Conference presenter
Tennessee Science Teachers Association - Conference presenter
Sadler K, Stevens S, Willingham J. 2015. Collaborative Concept Maps: A Voice for All Learners. Science Scope. 38(9): 38-44.
Sadler K, ClichÃ© C, & Lasater M. 2015. Bringing the Outside in: Learning Ecology through the Study of Native Plants. Science and Children. 52(7): 86-91.
Jenkins L, Walker R, Tenebaum Z, Sadler K, & Wisser K. 2014. Why the Secret of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Could Influence Science Education - Connecting People and Nature. In Mueller M & Tippens D (Eds.), Ecojustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education. Springer Publishing, pp. 265-279.
Sadler K. 2014. Exotic Invasive Species: The Guests that Won't Go Home. In Grant T (Ed.), Teaching About Invasive Species. Marquis Books: Canada, pp. 3 - 6.
Sadler K (editor). 2014. Exploring Life Laboratory Manual (5th Edition). Hayden McNeil Publishing Company.
Otter R, Seipelt S, Graeff T, Alexander R, Gray J, Peterson K, & Sadler K. 2013. Comparing Student and Faculty Perceptions of Online and Traditional courses. The Internet and Higher Education. 19:27-35.
Sadler K. 2013. Animals - Part I. In Wilson C (Ed), Passing the State Science Proficiency Tests: Essential Content for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. University Press of America: Lanham, MD, pp 161-167.
Rutledge M & Sadler K. 2011. University Students' Acceptance of Biological Theories - Is Evolution Really Different? Journal of College Science Teaching. 41(2): 64-69.
Winther A, Sadler K, Saunders G. 2010. Approaches to Environmental Education. The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Springer Publishing Company: New York, pp. 31 - 50.
Schepige A, Morrell P, Smith-Walters C, Sadler K. 2010. Using Environmental Education Project Curricula with Elementary Preservice Teachers. Editors: Bodzin A, Klein B, Weaver S. The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education. Springer Publishing Company: New York, pp. 281-296.
Hagevik R, Melear C, Lunsford E, Sadler K, & Smith-Walters C. 2010. Joining the Last Child in the Woods: An Argument for Environmental Education in Teacher Preparation. In P. Kurtz and Fujun Ren (Eds.), Improving science spirits and building a harmony society. Beijing: Chinese Science and Technology Press, pp.76-83.
Ervin B, Sadler K. 2007. Splash, Flash, Crank, Slide, Alive! Interactive Standards-based Science Experiences for Pre-K through 2nd at Discovery Center. NSTA Monograph of Exemplary Informal Science Programs. NSTA Press: Arlington, VA, pp.153 - 166.
Rutledge M & Sadler K. 2007. Reliability of the Measure of Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution Instrument with University Students, The American Biology Teacher, 69(6):332-335.
Sadler K, Smith-Walters C, Ring T, & Lasater M. 2006. Thinking Outside the Box: No Child Left Inside at Campus School, Exemplary Science in Grades PreK-4: Standards-based Success Stories. NSTA Press: Arlington, VA, pp.43 - 56.
Katz L, Sadler K, & Craig D. 2005. Science Professors Serve as Mentors for early Childhood Preservice Teachers in the Design and Implementation of Standards-Based Science Units, Journal of Elementary Science Education, 17 (2): 43-56.
Sadler K. 2003. The Effectiveness of Cooperative Learning as an Instructional Strategy to Increase Biological Literacy and Academic Achievement in a Large, Non-majors College Biology Class. College Park, MD: Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED471548)
Professor | Director of MTSU Environmental Educ
Office | Room 1163, Science Building (SCI)
Mail | MTSU Box 60, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Degree InformationPh.D., Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City (1988)
M.S., Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City (1984)
B.S., East Central College, MO (1978)
Areas of Expertise
Environmental education in both formal and informal settings; Science Teaching and Instructional Strategies ; Learning; Evaluation and Assessment.
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.
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.
2012 - Trails and Trillium Tribute Award presented to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Naturalist Program by Friends of South Cumberland State Park (a founding member, sit on the Board of Directors, and serve as treasurer of TNP)
2012 Tennessee Academy of Science: Fellow 2011 National PLT Educator of the Year
2010 MTSU Foundation Award for Excellence in Public Service
2010 Tennessee PLT Facilitator of the Year
2008-2009 President: TN Academy of Science
2008-09 Award of Excellence for Educational Programming (MTSU CEE) from the TN Association of Museums for work with the TN State Museum on a series of public programs, teacher's workshops, and a newspaper insert publication which accompanied the museum's exhibition, The River Inside: John Guider's Amazing Journey.
2009 Silver Telly Award to the MTSU CEE for the "Empower Hour" a video focusing on engaging teens in reducing water pollution, was produced for the MTSU WaterWorks! Program and was selected from over 13,000 entries.
2007 Program Chair: TN Academy of Science
2006 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, Tennessee Environmental Education Association
2005-2006 EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE, MTSU College of Basic & Applied Sciences
2005-2006 MTSU SPECIAL PROJECTS AWARD, MTSU Foundation & College of Basic & Applied Sciences
2005-present EDITORIAL BOARD, Ranger Rick Magazine, National Wildlife Federation
2004-2005 EXCELLENCE IN GRANTSMANSHIP, MTSU College of Basic & Applied Sciences
2003-present GOVERNOR'S COMMITTEE: KEEP TN BEAUTIFUL (3 yr appt.)
2003-2006 EDITORIAL BOARD: Journal of College Science Teaching, National Science Teachers Association
2001 TN GOVERNOR'S AWARD CONSERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP, TN Department of Environment and Conservation
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