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Kevin Niemi

Director of Outreach Programs
Contact Info

(608) 262-5480


Room 118D

445 Henry Mall

Madison, WI 53706

My work at WISCIENCE spans all areas of K-12 science education outreach, with a particular focus on teacher professional development. Beyond offering professional development sessions and workshops, I am very involved in national dialogues around science education and outreach/broader impacts. I contributed to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards and am committed to ensuring educators have the support they need around implementation. In 2014, I co-authored Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide, published by the National Science Teachers Association Press.

I have provided professional development sessions, workshops, and presentations in science education in Wisconsin and across the United States, and I have consulted extensively with the Ministry of Education and numerous universities in Thailand. I have served on the professional development committees with both the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), and I am a past President and current CFO of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST). 

I received my Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota and subsequently did a postdoctoral stint in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison, taught in the Biology department at Grinnell College, and served as the first education coordinator for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI. I have been with UW-Madison since 1996 in my outreach and community engagement role.