Leadership in Public Science K C Busch

Assistant Professor, Department of STEM Education

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Poe Hall 326C
Raleigh, NC

K.C. Busch joined NC State in August 2017 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Leadership in Public Science. An assistant professor in the Department of STEM Education, she specializes in informal science learning. Drawing on research from the fields of science communication and environmental psychology, Busch has investigated the language used to teach about climate change in educational settings. Her research serves as a counter-narrative to science education literature’s concentration on what students do not know about climate change. In contrast, Busch focuses on the framing of climate change in the science education system, and how that framing affects youth perception of the problem and their capacity for creating solutions. Her scholarship has been published in Environmental Education Research, the International Journal of Science Education, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, and featured in mainstream media such as The Guardian.

Busch holds a Ph.D. in science education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in science education from the University of Texas in Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in ecology from Iowa State University. She taught secondary school science in Austin, Texas, for twelve years; she also has two years of informal environmental education experience in Africa with the Peace Corps and in Nevada with the National Park Service.