Christine Schnittka

Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor for Critical Needs in Education

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Office: 5072 Haley Center

Units: Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Campus Mail: 5040 Haley Center


Phone: (334) 844-8277

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Academic Area

Science Education

Short Bio

Dr. Christine Schnittka, Professor of Science Education in Auburn University’s College of Education, develops and researches design-based curriculum units for elementary and middle school youth, targeting key science concepts through a maker lens. Her curricula have been used by teachers in more than 33 states and 13 countries. She is currently investigating the science and engineering embedded in traditional crafts, hoping to turn her findings into more curricula for elementary and middle school teachers to use.


Dr. Schnittka is a former middle school science teacher and has been teaching elementary and secondary science education for 11 years. She has published her work in journals such as the International Journal of Science Education, The International Journal of Engineering Education, Advances in Engineering Education, Science & Children, The Science Teacher, and Science Scope. She teaches science methods, educational technology, and assessment courses. A creative polymath, she likes to spend her free time with her knitting needles in one hand and clay in the other.


Ph.D. in Science Education, 2009, University of Virginia

M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, 1992, University of Virginia

B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, 1986, Auburn University

Professional Experience

2019 - Present

Professor, Auburn University

2014 - 2019

Associate Professor, Secondary Science Education, Auburn University

2012 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Secondary Science Education, Auburn University

2009 - 2012

Assistant Professor, Elementary and Middle Level Science Education, University of Kentucky College of Education-Department of STEM Education

2007 - 2008

Science and Math Teacher, Walton Middle School, Charlottesville, VA

1995 - 2004

Science Teacher, Village School, Charlottesville, VA

1993 - 1995

Research Assistant, University of Virginia

1982 - 1984

Mechanical Engineer, IBM


  Christine Guy Schnittka, Ph.D.