Kim Cheek, Ph.D.
Kim Cheek is an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of North Florida in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum. She also is Director of the EdD program in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a BA from Goucher College in Elementary and Special Education, a MEd in Elementary Education from Towson University, an MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a PhD in science education from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim previously taught at the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA.
Prior to moving to the university level, Kim taught K-8 students for 11+ years in three states in the USA. She has conducted professional development workshops for teachers and consulted with the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida and an international school in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Dr. Cheek teaches STEM methods courses for elementary pre-service and in-service teachers, academic writing for doctoral students, supervises EdD dissertations, and serves on doctoral committees. Her research interests include how to improve students’ understanding of science concepts, development of culturally responsive pedagogy by teacher candidates, and systems thinking in elementary STEM learning. In addition to experience as a K-12 teacher and higher education professor, Kim has over 30 years of experience in Christian education, teaching adults and children. She has served as a children’s ministry director at four churches and has conducted professional development workshops for children’s ministry teachers in the US and Singapore.