Donna M. Plummer

Professor Emerita of Education

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BS: Biology, Texas Wesleyan University

MA: Biology and Life Teaching Certificate for Biology, Physical, and Life/Earth Science, University of Texas at Arlington

PhD: Science Education, University of Missouri-Columbia


Science education; Extensive experience teaching science at the junior high, high school and college level. Teaches introductory classes on education, autism, and diversity; Served as faculty sponsor for the L.I.F.T. program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors taught an evening enrichment program for designated fourth- and fifth-grade students; Publications in "Science and Children, Science Activities," and "Reading Horizons."


Plummer joined the Centre faculty in 1996. She teaches Practicum & Introduction to Education, The Autism Puzzle, The Superhero: A Moral Model, and Voices of Diversity in the Classroom. She has also served as chair of the education program. Plummer retired in 2018.

She was the longtime faculty advisor for the LIFT program (“Learning Is Fun Together”), in which Centre’s education majors prepared and facilitated an evening enrichment program for local fourth- and fifth-grade students. She has also served as the teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program committees of numerous first-year teacher interns in Boyle County and Danville, Kentucky elementary/middle schools. Her invited book chapter, “Line Graphing Skills and Attitudes of College Biology Nonmajors” was published in the international book, "Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education." Her work with a local elementary teacher and Centre student teacher, “Linking Science and Literacy” on the integration of science with children’s literature was published in Science Activities.

Plummer holds a B.S. in biology from Texas Wesleyan University, an M.A. in biology and a life teaching certificate for biology, physical, and life/earth science from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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