L. Octavia Tripp

Associate Professor

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Office: 5028 Haley Center

Units: Department of Curriculum and Teaching

Campus Mail: 5040 Haley Center

Email: tripplo@auburn.edu

Phone: (334) 844-6799

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Academic Area

Elementary Education

Short Bio

Lucretia Octavia Tripp, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University.  Her teaching and research center on developing and motivating preservice and in-service teachers in the area of science, culturally responsive teaching and temperament training. She is a STEM Educational Consultant and has lead several study aboard programs supporting teaching, mentoring and working with communities to show how science has a global impact on society.

She has been recognized for her distance and remote teaching globally. She has received the Undergraduate Teaching Award, Curriculum Teaching, Auburn University; the Frank T. Hawkins Distinguished Scholar Award, Research Association of Minority Professors, Atlanta GA; and the Senior Scholar in Residence, American Association Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Washington DC.

While she is originally from Macon, GA, Dr. Tripp claims Washington DC as part of her lived experiences where she served as a NASA Aerospace Education Specialist for many years. She still holds ties to NASA as a GLOBE Educator.

She enjoys sewing, jewelry making, curriculum development for students in Asia, and loving her Pomeranian, Maleah.


Ed.D. in Educational Studies, 1998, Oklahoma State University

M.S. in Natural and Applied Science, 1995, Oklahoma State University

B.S. in Middle Grades Education, 1980, Wesleyan College

Professional Experience

2010 - Present

Associate Professor, Elementary Education, Auburn University

2008 - 2010

Adjunct Professor, Spelman College

2004 - 2006

Adjunct Professor, Argosy University

2002 - 2010

Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Auburn University

1998 - 2002

Program Coordinator, NASA (Washington, DC)

1998 - 2002

Adjunct Professor, Howard University

1996 - 2007

Adjunct Professor, Bowie State University

1991 - 1998

Education Specialist, NASA (Washington, DC)

1987 - 1991

Classroom teacher (Science 8th grade), Cobb County Schools (GA)

1986 - 1987

Classroom teacher (Science 7th grade), DeKalb County Schools (GA)

1984 - 1986

Classroom teacher (Science 5th grade), Newton County Schools (GA)

1980 - 1984

Classroom teacher (Science 4th, 5th, & 8th grades), Bibb County Schools (GA)

Research Interests

  • Elementary science teachers
  • Temperament and learning styles
  • Virtually teaching and learning
  • STEM education