Department of Science Education

Anne Stephens, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephens is an assistant professor in the Department of Science Education and Director of the Inland Northern California Science Project. She is currently serving as Principal Investigator for a Cohort 11 California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant, Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary (SEES) with the Tehama County Department of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUC she spent five years as a consultant in the STEM Office at the California Department of Education where she served as the statewide coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network.


Ph.D. (2014) — Science Education, UC Davis

M.A. (2002) — Interdisciplinary Studies (Science Teaching), CSU Chico

Secondary Teaching Credential (1986) — Life Sciences, CSU Chico

B.S. (1984) — Biological Sciences, UC Davis

Courses Taught

  • SCED 142: Concepts in Life Science
  • NSCI 489A: Science Teaching Internship
  • SCED 490: Seminar
  • SCED 343: Concepts in Environmental Science

Research Interests

Dr. Stephen’s is interested in how students develop environmental action competence in both formal and informal settings through such avenues as project-based learning and citizen science.  


Regional Stormwater Learning Lab Project 
Award: $350,590
California State Water Resources Control Board “Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS)

Laptops to enhance student learning in science education
Award: $18,063
CSU Chico Student Learning Fees Grant

PI, California Mathematics and Science Partnership 
Award: $1.8 million
(CaMSP)Tehama County “Science and Environmental Engineering for Secondary teachers “SEES”


Stephens, A.K. and Ballard, H.L., (2015). Developing Environmental Action Competence in a High School Urban Agriculture Program using the California Partnership Academy Model, in STEM Learning through Urban Agriculture and Gardens. Springer. (In review).

Professional Affiliations

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

Current Advisory Board Member

  • California Science Teachers Association, Policy Committee
  • California Environmental Education Foundation
  • California Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)
  • California Project Learning Tree
  • Gateway Science Museum
  • Outdoor Education For All

anne stephens

Assistant Professor

Holt Hall, Room 101C