Vanessa Klein

Assistant Extension Professor, 4-H STEM Specialist, & Assistant Professor of Education
5741 Libby Hall Room 103A, Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.3209

Dr. Klein develops and assists with educational programming and provides leadership for applied research focused 4-H STEM programming. She also teaches in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, Orono. Vanessa is an early career science education scholar, with a research focus on environmental education and teacher education. She has seven years of teaching and research experience in higher education at three different universities which encompasses STEM education from early childhood through secondary contexts. Within PK-12 education, she has eight years of science teaching experience which includes informal STEM education and as well as two years as a public high school science teacher in rural Ohio.


  • Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction – Concentration: Science Education & Environmental Education. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2015
  • M.A. Biology – Concentration: Ecology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2011
  • M.A. Teaching – Concentration: Life Sciences, grades 7-12, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2008
  • B.S. Biology – Concentration: Evolution, Ecology, & Animal Behavior, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2005

Professional Organizations:

  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Association for Science Teacher Educators (ASTE)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
  • American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)