I am at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as an Associate Professor of Science Education in the School of Natural Resources, Director of the National Collaborative for Research on Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW), and Coordinator of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources‘ (IANR) Science Literacy Initiative. I also hold an appointment in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education (TLTE), College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS). From 2009-2013, I was an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the University of Iowa College of Education. Between 2004-2009, I was a doctoral student in the University of Michigan School of Education, Dept. of Educational Studies, specializing in science education and a masters student in the School of Natural Resources & Environment. As a doctoral fellow with the NSF-funded Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS), I worked for Elizabeth A. Davis, Professor of Science Education, on the Curriculum Access System for Elementary Science (CASES) project. Prior to my arrival at the University of Michigan in 2004, I spent nearly a decade as a student at the University of Kansas and a 9th-grade biology and physical science teacher at Chisholm Trail Junior High School in the Olathe School District. During this time, I worked as a graduate assistant for the Kansas Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation (KCETP), an NSF-funded initiative focused on science and math teacher education reform.