Pei-Ling Hsu

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Pei-Ling Hsu
Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Director, PhD Program Director of Teaching, Learning, and Culture

Dr. Pei-Ling Hsu is Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas in El Paso and is a former high school earth science teacher. Researching is Dr. Hsu’s passion, not only because it advances knowledge, but because it plants seeds that can make a difference in people's lives and our society. She received her M.S. in science education from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan and Ph.D. in science education from University of Victoria in Canada. Her research interests focus on informal science learning, partnerships with scientists, discourse studies, and students’ career pursuits in science. Her publications appeared in top journals in science education, such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, Research in Science Education and International Journal of Science Education. In terms of grants, Dr. Hsu received more than 2 million funding from various sources, such as National Science Foundation, the Office Research and Sponsored Projects (UTEP), College of Education (UTEP). Dr. Hsu is also the recipient of 2015 Regions’ Outstanding Teaching Awards from University of Texas System. She has taught different education courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Also, through the partnership with different organizations (e.g., museums, after school programs) and schools, Dr. Hsu’s undergraduate and graduate students participated in creating engaging science projects for K-12 students inside and outside schools. So far, about 1,300 students benefited from these science projects.


  1. Science Discourse
  2. Youth Empowerment
  3. Internship Education
  4. Dialogic Pedagogy
  5. Youth College and Career Readiness