Dr. Stephen Scogin

Associate Professor of Biology and Education
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Stephen Scogin is new to Michigan and Hope College, having moved from Texas in the summer of 2014. Stephen holds a dual appointment in the Departments of Biology and Education. His primary teaching assignment is the Organisms and Environments course (Biology 104) for future elementary teachers.

Originally trained as a scientist, Stephen embraces research as a means of discovery. As an educator, he has an appreciation for research as a tool to inform practice. Science education research unites both of these passions: Stephen's research uses diverse research methods to address unique problems in both science and education.

A large portion of Stephen's research agenda focuses on K–12 science teaching and learning. More specifically, his projects investigate student engagement in science, motivational support in learning environments and scientist/student partnerships. These research endeavors look at how apprenticeship-type relationships between professors and students contribute to authentic science learning and student motivation.


  • Ph.D., curriculum and instruction in science education, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • Ed.S., educational administration, Pensacola Christian College, 2010
  • M.S., biology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995
  • B.S., biology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1993

Professional experience

As a person who loved the outdoors and nature, Stephen pursued degrees in biology with a particular focus in aquatic ecology. He went on to work in industry, primarily focusing on responsible waste management programs to preserve natural ecology and protect water resources.

While teaching laboratory courses during his master’s degree work, Stephen realized he had a passion for teaching. After several years in private industry, he transitioned into education and has been involved with classroom learning in some capacity ever since. He has taught science at many levels, including junior high, high school and college. Beginning in 2005, Stephen served for six years as the head of school for a private school in Texas. He completed his Ph.D. in science education in 2014.

Selected publications


  • “Encouraging greater student inquiry engagement in science through motivational support by online scientist-mentors,” Science Education, 99(2)
  • “Job satisfaction of high school science teachers: Prevalence and association with teacher retention,” Electronic Journal of Science Education, 17(4)


  • “Science teachers’ strategies and actions for motivating science learners in PlantingScience,” annual conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, 2015
  • “A mixed methods analysis of student success in diverse high school science programs,” annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2014
  • “Motivational support and student inquiry engagement: A self-determination theory perspective of online scientist-mentoring,” National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, 2014
  • “Developing educational videos for science and math instruction,” annual convention of the School Science and Mathematics Association, 2013
  • “SWOT analysis of the PlantingScience program using self-determination theory,” 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, 2013
  • “Authentic classroom science using scientist-mentors: Successes and challenges in blending online and laboratory learning,” National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, 2013
  • “Broader impacts: Scientists and teachers partnering in K-12 classrooms.” 1st International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference, 2013
  • “Increasing student motivation and engagement in science,” Annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America, 2012

Outside the college

Stephen has been married to his wife, Holly, for over 20 years. They have two children, Peyton and Emily.


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Dr. Stephen Scogin

Phone Number616.395.7362

A. Paul Schaap Science Center 3057 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3698
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