Colby Tofel-Grehl

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Associate Professor, Science Education


Colby Tofel-Grehl

Contact Information

Office Location: EBLS 240
Phone: 435-797-1342
Email: colby.tg@usu.edu
Additional Information:

Educational Background

PhD, Science Education, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, 2013
Exploring Specialized STEM High Schools: Three Dissertation Studies Examining Commonalities and Differences across Six Case Studies
BA, Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology, (Mathematics and Philosophy), Fordham University, 1999

Biography

Dr. Colby Tofel-Grehl is an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership at Utah State University. Her scholarship interrogates the structures, systems, and practices that foster inequities across STEM learning environments. She designs teacher professional development and curricular materials within frameworks of rightful presence and critical theories to facilitate minoritized rural youth’s success within STEM spaces. This work leverages the affordances of Making and data science to center students’ identities and cultures within authentic and empowering STEM work. She is principal investigator of over $19 million in federal grants, including a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to study and develop a new model of rural STEM teacher professional learning and a U.S. Department of Education GEAR-UP grant. She received the 2019 Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology from Division D of the American Educational Research Association and the 2020 Early Career Science Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the Association for Science Teacher Educators. In 2021, the National Science Foundation’s ITEST Program recognized her grant, Project ESTITCH, as one of three nationally outstanding projects in the service of broadening participation in STEM.

Teaching Interests

Qualitative Research Methods<br>Advanced Qualitative Research Methods<br>Secondary Science Teacher Methods<br><br>

Research Interests

STEM education<br>STEM schools<br>Science education <br>Science curricula<br>Maker Spaces

Awards

SIGCSE NSF Showcase Honoree, 2017

National Science Foundation

Researcher of the Year 2015, 2015

Teacher Education and Leadership

Curry Cup Winner, 2011

University of Viginia

Barbara Labrecque Corbin Scholarship Award, 2010

University of Virginia


Publications | Books

  • Gubbins, E.J, Villanueva, M., Gilson, C.M, Foreman, J.L, Bruce-Davis, M.N, Vahidi, S., Callahan, C., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2013). Status of STEM high schools and implications for practice.. University of Connecticut, The National Research center on the Gifted and Talented *

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., Hunsaker, S.L, (2017). STEM High Schools in the United States: Teacher Belief Regarding Workload and Student Giftedness..
  • Howell, J., Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., Ducamp, G., (2016). E-textiles to teach electricity: An experiential, aesthetic, handcrafted approach to science: Teacher Pioneers: Visions from the Edge of the Map. Carnegie Mellon: ETC Press *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Curriculum

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Searle, K., Hawkman, A., MacDonald, B., Suarez, M.I, (2021). Rural teachers' cultural and epistemic shifts in STEM teaching and learning. Theory and Practice in Rural Education, 11:2, 45-66. doi: 10.3776/tpre.2021.v11n2p45-66
    • Feldon, D., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2018). Phenomenography as a Platform for Mixed Methods Research. American Behavioral Scientist, 62, 887-899.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., Feldon, D., (2018). The role of standards and standardized testing in gifted STEM education.. Roeper Review, 40, 130-138.
    • Feldon, D., Peugh, J., Roska, J., Maher, M., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2017). Time-to-credit gender inequities of first-year Ph.D. students in the biological sciences. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 16:1, ar4.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., Searle, K., Maahs Fladung, C., Feldon, D., Gu, J., Sun, C., (2017). Electrifying Engagement in Middle School Science Class: Improving Student Interest Through E-textiles. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 26:4, 406-417. doi: 10.1007/s10956-017-9688-y
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C.M, Nadelson, L.S, (2017). Comparative Analyses of Discourse in Specialized STEM School Classes.. The Journal of Educational Research, 110:3, 294-307.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2017). STEM high school teachers' beliefs regarding STEM student giftedness.. Gifted Child Quarterly, 6:1, 40-51.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Litts, B., Searle, K., (2016). Getting Crafty With the NGSS. Science and Children, 54:4, 48-53.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Feldon, D., (2016). Reviewing STEM education for high ability learners.. Teachers' College Record
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2016). Variations in the intensity of specialized STEM high schools.. Journal of STEM Teacher Education, 51:1, 33-56.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C.M, (2016). STEM School Discourse Patterns. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 17:2, 34-41.
    • Forman, J., Gubbins, E.J, Villanueva, I., Massicotte, C., Callahan, C., Tofel-Grehl, C., (2015). National Survey of STEM High Schools' Curricular and Instructional Strategies and Practices.. NCSSS Journal, 20:1, 8-19.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Fields, D., (2015). Sewing up science.. The Science Teacher, 82:8, 45-49.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., (2014). A National Need for Parity in STEM Education.. Teaching Children Mathematics21, 261-262.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Callahan, C., (2014). STEM high school communities: Common and differing features.. Journal of Advanced Academics, 25:3, 237-271.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., Feldon, D., (2013). Cognitive task analysis-based training: A meta-analysis of studies. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, 7:3, 293-304.
    • Tofel-Grehl, C., (2011). Reviewing a power shift in public education.. American School Board Journal198, 46.

    Professional Journal

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Publications | Other

      An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

      Teaching

      SCED 5210 - Learning Theory, Curriculum, and Assessment, Fall 2020
      EDUC 6770 - Qualitative Research Methods, Fall 2020
      SCED 5210 - Learning Theory, Curriculum, and Assessment, Spring 2020
      SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2020
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2019
      SCED 5210 - Learning Theory, Curriculum, and Assessment, Fall 2019
      SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2019
      EDUC 6800 - Mixed Methods Research, Spring 2019
      TEAL 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics in Teacher Education and Leadership, Spring 2019
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2018
      TEAL 6720 - Practicum in Science Instruction, Fall 2018
      EDUC 6770 - Qualitative Research Methods, Fall 2018
      SCED 5820 - Science Teaching Methods, Fall 2018
      TEAL 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics in Teacher Education and Leadership, Fall 2018
      SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2018
      SCED 4210 - Assessment and Curriculum Design, Spring 2018
      SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2018
      SCED 6305 - Graduate Clinical Experience, Spring 2018
      SCED, TEAL 4400, 6900 - Independent Study, Spring 2018
      TEAL 6900 - Independent Study, Spring 2018
      CETE, TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Spring 2018
      TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Spring 2018
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2017
      TEAL 6720 - Practicum in Science Instruction, Fall 2017
      TEAL 7820 - Seminar: Special Topics: Journal Readings in Science Education Research, Fall 2017
      TEAL 7820 - TEAL 7820: Journal Readings in Science Education, Fall 2017
      SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2017
      EDUC 6800 - Mixed Methods Research, Spring 2017
      SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2017
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2016
      TEAL 6720 - Practicum in Science Instruction, Fall 2016
      SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2016
      SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2016
      SCED 3400, 5820 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2016
      SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2016
      TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Summer 2016
      TEAL 6560 - Special Topics, Summer 2016
      SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2016
      SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2016
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2015
      SCED 5820 - Science Teaching Methods, Fall 2015
      SCED 3400 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2015
      SCED 4300 - Clinical Experience II, Spring 2015
      TEAL 6700 - Improvement of Science Instruction, Spring 2015
      SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Spring 2015
      SCED 4400 - Teaching Science II, Spring 2015
      SCED 3300 - Clinical Experience I, Fall 2014
      SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Fall 2014
      SCED 3400,5820 - Teaching Science I, Fall 2014
      SCED 5500 - Student Teaching Seminar, Spring 2014