Kathy Ellins is engaged in efforts to improve science learning and to reach the public through: (1) curriculum development for the Earth/climate sciences and geohazards; (2) teacher professional development; (3) multi-institutional collaboration to promote diversity in the geosciences at the K-12 and undergraduate levels; and (4) interdisciplinary projects that explore the intersection between the sciences and visual arts. This work has been supported by federal grants, primarily NSF, and state agencies, and carried out in collaboration with geoscientists and learning scientists at UT Austin, Tyler and El Paso, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Auburn University, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, and TERC, a not-for-profit organization in Massachusetts.
Dr. Ellins has guided the masters-level research of geoscience students at the University of Florida and education graduate students in the UTeach program at UT Austin. She also mentors many secondary teachers as they transition from classroom teachers to geoscience education leaders. In 2015-2016 Dr. Ellins was awarded a Fulbright CORE Scholar and was hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica.