University at Buffalo

Alexandra E. Schindel (she/her)

Alexandra E. Schindel

Science Education

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Environmental Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Equity and Poverty; Science Education; Learning Sciences; Social Justice; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Education

Contact Information
564 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4067

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Professional Summary:

My research lies at the crux of two of the most significant challenges in US schooling: a) the pressing need to increase the participation of young people in science from communities that have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields; and b) educating youth in a time of climate crisis. In my research, I address the critical need to increase learning and participation in science, environmental, and climate change education among underrepresented youth and to develop teacher capacity to facilitate empowering, equity-based practices in these fields. I accomplish this through two interrelated strands: (1) examining and enacting critical approaches to environmental and climate change education; and (2) examining contexts that support youth participation, civic action, and empowerment in school science.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011)
  • MAT, Cornell University (2001)
  • BS, Brigham Young University (1998)
Recent Publications:
Journal Special Issue:
  • Schindel, A., Rish, R., Ramdath, K.*, Mawer, D.*, Christiano, M.*, & Higgins, C.* (2023). Sustaining Relationships Through Critical Place Inquiry. Journal of School & Society, 8(2), 37-44.
Journal Article:
  • Schindel, A., Henry, A.*, Tripp, J.*, Wang, C., & Christ, T. (under review). Integrating Critical Pedagogy of Place with NGSS in Kindergarten.
Recent Presentations:
  • Schindel, A. (2022, December). Healing Relationships with the Natural World Through Critical Place Inquiry. Paper presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science, Cholula, Mexico.;
  • Schindel, A., Tolbert, S., Ramdath, K.*, & Urban, L.* (2023, April). Empowering Science Praxis: Lessons from a Social Justice Science Teacher Inquiry Group. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Chicago, IL.;
Recent Grants:
  • Citizen Science Teachers: University at Buffalo (UB) Noyce Residency Scholars; Federal; NSF NOYCE; Awarded; (06/04/2021-06/01/2025)
Recent Activities:
Professional Service:
  • AERA Environmental Education SIG Program Chair for 2024 Conference

Contact Information

564 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4067

View CV