Brooke A. Whitworth, Ph.D.
Bridging the research-practice gap, supporting educators, and making professional development engaging and meaningful.
Brooke A. Whitworth is an Associate Professor and Educational Consultant who supports educators by bridging the research-practice gap, making professional learning and development engaging, and helping them take action by starting with one meaningful change. She is currently an Associate Professor in Science Education at Clemson University. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for three years and as an Assistant Professor for three years at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ. In these roles, she disseminated research through national and international journal articles, book chapters, and countless presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Science and Mathematics Teaching Methods, History and Nature of Science, Knowing and Learning, Classroom Assessment, Principles of Education, and Surveying the Science Education Literature.
Dr. Whitworth's current research focuses on investigating the role of district science coordinators, professional development models, and how teachers adopt geospatial technology in their classrooms. She is also working on projects that explore teacher leadership and differentiation in the classroom and in professional learning. Her work in these areas has resulted in over $7 million in grant funding. As a result of this funding and other opportunities, she works extensively with PK-12 pre-service and in-service teachers, higher education faculty, as well as principals, instructional coaches, and district leadership teams.
Prior to her work in higher education, Brooke worked for six years as a chemistry, physics teacher at the University North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC, and for three years as a chemistry, physics, and math teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, HI. These experiences provided her with a wealth of resources to access when working with teachers and consulting with organizations. She has delivered over 1,200 hours of professional learning and development nationwide, sharing best practices in education, differentiation, assessment, curriculum, and leadership development with thousands of educators. Participants have called her sessions “personally and professionally life-changing”. Brooke is also a National Science Teaching Association Fellow, received the Association for Science Teacher Education’s Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, and is a recipient of Clemson University’s College of Education Researcher of the Year Award.
When Brooke is not teaching or consulting, she is often found perfecting her serve on the tennis court or stand-up paddleboarding with her dog, Emi.
Please see her full CV below, and feel free to reach out with any questions. If there is a paper or presentation you are interested in, please let us know, and we will be happy to share it, or you may find it on her ResearchGate or GoogleScholar profiles.