Dr. Carol Hanley, Associate Director
Dr. Carol Hanley has worked as a science educator for over 20 years. She taught high school biology and chemistry in at Bryan Station High School in Fayette County for 13 years. After receiving her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky, she joined the Kentucky Department of Education. At KDE, she was the Sciences Branch Manager in the Division of Curriculum and Assessment and helped develop Kentucky’s science content standards as outlined in the Program of Studies and Core Content for Assessment. In addition, she was the science team leader for the development for the science portion of the KIRIS and CATS.
In 2001, she came to the University of Kentucky as an extension specialist in 4-H youth development with responsibilities in statewide program and extension agent development. In 2005, the majority of her time was spent as the Director of Education and Communications at the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment. The Tracy Farmer Center, which is now the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, conducts professional development programs for teachers, environmental programs for students, outreach for community members, and supports UK faculty in research efforts. In 2007, the Institute received a $1.2 million grant from NSF to conduct community-based science projects using GIS, remote sensing and 3-D modeling technology. Recently, Dr. Hanley assisted the Institute in awarding the first UK Global Sustainability Award, recognizing individual efforts in sustainability across the world. As associate director, Dr. Hanley ensures that the Institute has balanced programming in the three areas of education, outreach, and research support.
Esther Edwards, Program Coordinator
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