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Faculty and Staff|Department of Secondary Education

Jason Katzmann

Temporary Assistant Professor - UW/CC

Ph.D., Biological Education from the University of Northern Colorado, 2007
M.A., Integrated Natural Science from Colorado College, 2000
B.S., Human Biology from Texas Women's University, 1994

I was born and raised until age 11 in California, primarily the Los Angeles area. In the middle of sixth grade my family moved to Gillette, Wyoming where I attended junior high and high school. It was in high school that I attended the Teton Science School for one week during the spring semester of my junior year. The experience had a huge impact on my life. Eventually, that experience led me to a career as a science teacher. I graduated from Campbell County High School in 1988 and went off to college in California and Texas. After receiving my B.S. degree in human biology and chemistry from Texas Women's University in 1994, I was certified to teach at the University of North Texas in 1995. Immediately after being certified to teach secondary science I moved to Colorado where I taught middle school and high school science, eventually becoming a teacher on special assignment working with secondary science teachers. I taught biology, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and advanced placement biology at the high school level. I earned my Master's degree in integrated natural science from Colorado College in 2000 and a Ph.D. in biological education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007. While at UNC I taught elementary science methods courses, biology for elementary education majors and human anatomy lab. I am happily married to Kris. We have three fabulous children. I love my family, the outdoors, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, biking, photography, playing volleyball, swimming and simply watching nature.

Research Interests:

  • Place-based education, letting nature teach
  • High-stakes testing and its impact on classroom teachers
  • Student teacher effectiveness and sense of belonging
  • Effective professional development for practicing teachers
  • Integrating STEM via team collaboration


  • Secondary Science Methods I and II
  • Elementary Math/Science Methods
  • Secondary Science Student Teaching Residency
  • Environmental Science for Teachers
  • Midpoint Portfolio Reflection
  • Research in Science Education I
  • Mammalogy

Affiliations, Associations, Consultation:

  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
  • National Science Teacher Association Student Chapter Advisor (NSTA-UW&CC)
  • Science Math Teaching Center (SMTC) Advisory Board Member
  • Casper Mountain Science School (CMSS) Advisory Board Member
  • Werner Wildlife Museum Advisory Board Member

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