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Brad Hoge is a science educator as well as a scientist, which happened purely by accident and has helped him fill a niche role at UHD.
Hoge is an associate professor of natural sciences and is the director of HUNSTEM, the Houston Urban Network for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which is a learning community for teachers, students, parents and STEM professionals.
These two roles allow Hoge to liaison between the community and scientists, build collaborations and facilitate relationships, all while educating the next generation of emerging scientists.
"I appreciate the opportunity I have here at UHD because it suits the unusual skill set I have," he said. "I'm able to be a jack-of-trades and do a little of everything, without having to narrow my focus."
Hoge earned his master's of education degree from Texas A&M University in curriculum and development, and his doctorate degree in paleoecology, the study of ancient organisms and their environments, from Rice University. Before coming to UHD, Hoge worked at the Children's Museum of Houston as the science education curator, taught at the middle and high school level, and was a stay-at-home parent for several years.
At UHD, Hoge teaches coastal studies and environmental field studies, as well as physical science studies for students in the Department of Urban Education. He also mentors with Scholars Academy, an academically competitive program for students in the STEM fields, and conducts research with students on the ecological succession of mitigation wetlands.
He says that his teaching style is hands-on, project-based learning and involves field experience, which the students love.
"Our students are really fantastic at UHD," he said. "The diversity of the student body is so valuable because each student brings a different perspective to the classroom."
This year, Hoge received the UHD Excellence in Teaching Award for his dedication to students and his craft.
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Last updated or reviewed on 8/24/13