Texas Tech University

Rebecca Hite, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Email: Rebecca.hite@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.6370

Office:  Education 364


Rebecca Hite is an Assistant Professor of Science/STEM education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Hite taught high school science and geography for 13 years in the public schools of North Carolina as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.  During her tenure teaching, she attained National Board Certification, was awarded a Kenan Fellowship for Teacher Leadership at NC State, selected as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) science ambassador, served as a research teacher with the American Physiological Society at the McAllister Heart Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, and received both local and state level recognition for exemplary science teaching and leadership.  Hite proudly served as a Congressional Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives (7th district of IL with the Honorable Danny K. Davis).  As a doctoral student, Hite was recognized as an ASCD emerging leader fellow, an AEI education policy research fellow, a William and Ida Friday graduate student fellow, and a NC education policy fellow.  In 2016, she was awarded the John C. Park National Technology Leadership Fellowship Award in science education by The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) for her research in teacher's pedagogical perceptions of 3-D, haptic-enabled virtual reality technology.

Her research foci at Texas Tech University includes exploring the affordances of emergent instructional technologies (3-Dimensional, haptic-enabled, and virtual reality) in STEM education as well as addressing issues of underrepresentation in STEM by evaluating the efficacy of targeted interventions to augment individual and collective STEM interest, motivation, and identities.  She draws inspiration from her experiences with both formal and informal science teaching and learning, teacher leadership development, advocacy work in STEM education policy, as well as her interests in advancing geography within the STEM disciplines.  

Dr. Rebecca Hite, PhD


  • Bachelors of Science in Biology, Bachelors of Arts in Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Science Teaching, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Science Education, North Carolina State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Education / STEM Education
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Sociocultural Perspectives
  • Non-Cognitive Factors
  • Teacher Leadership / Master STEM Teachers

Selected Publications

Hite, R., Jones, M. G., Andre, T., Childers, G., & Corin, E. N. (2019).  Female and minority experiences in an astronomy-based hobby.  Cultural Studies of Science Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11422-018-9884-y

Hite, R., Jones, M. G., Childers, G., Ennes, M., Chesnutt, K., Pereyra, M., & Cayton, E. (2019).  Investigating potential relationships between adolescents' cognitive development and perceptions of presence in 3-D, haptic-enabled, virtual reality science instruction.  Journal of Science Education and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-018-9764-y

Hite, R. & Thompson, C. J. (2019).  Activity Theory as Theoretical Framework for Analyzing and Designing Global K-12 Collaborations in Engineering:  A Case Study of a Thai-U.S. Elementary Engineering Project.  The Journal of International Engineering Education (JIEE), 1(1), 1-39. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/jiee/vol1/iss1/5/

Hite, R., Jones, M. G., Childers, G., Chesnutt, K., Corin, E. N., & Pereyra, M.  (2019). Teachers' Pedagogical Acceptance of Novel 3D, Haptic-Enabled, Virtual Reality Technology. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 23(1), 1-34. http://ejse.southwestern.edu/article/view/18732/12306

Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Corin, E., Hite, R., Pereyra, M., Cayton, E., & Ennes, M. (2019).  Crosscutting Concepts and Achievement: Is a Sense of Size and Scale Related to Achievement in Science and Mathematics?  Journal for Research in Science Teaching, 56(3), 302-321. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21511

Hite, R., & Milbourne, J. (2018).  A Proposed Conceptual Framework for K-12 STEM Master Teacher (STEMMaTe) Development. Education Sciences, 8(4), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040218

Jones, M. G., Andre, T., Corin, E., Childers, G., & Hite, R. (2018).  Citizen Scientists and Non-Citizen Scientist Hobbyists:  Motivation, Benefits, and Influences. International Journal of Science Education Part B:  Communication and Public Engagement, 8(4), 287-306.  https://doi.org/10.1080/21548455.2018.1475780

Hite, R., Solis, P., Wargo, L., & Larsen, T. B. (2018).  Exploring Affective Dimensions of Authentic Geographic Education using a Qualitative Document Analysis of Students' YouthMappers Blogs. Special Issue, Authentic Learning inEducation Sciences, 8(4), 1-19.  https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci8040173

Chesnutt, K., Jones, M. G., Hite, R., Cayton, E., Ennes, M., Corin, E. N., & Childers, G. (2018).  Next generation crosscutting themes: Factors that contribute to students' understandings of size and scale. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 55(6),876-900. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21443 

Hite, R.  (2017). The Riddle of the Red Queen: Exploring Evolution & Extinction.  National Center for Case Study Teaching in  Science (NCCSTS), 1-7. http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=955&id=955

Hite, R., Jones, M. G., & Jur, J. S.  (2016). Engineering Imagination with Ideation.  Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership, 1(1), 9-24. https://kenanfellows.org/journals/wp-content/uploads/sites/297/2018/11/1-2-PB.pdf

Wadosky, K., Rodriguez, J., Hite, R., Min J., Walton, B., & Willis, M.  (2014). Muscle RING finger-1 attenuates IGF-1-dependent cardiomyoctye hypertrophy by inhibiting JNK signaling. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism,306(7), E723-E739.  https://www.physiology.org/doi/pdf/10.1152/ajpendo.00326.2013

Wadosky, K., Hite, R., Portman M., Gerdes, A., & Willis, M.  (2013). Muscle RING finger-1 (MuRF1) inhibits thyroid hormone dependent cardiomyocyte growth in vitro and in vivo.  The FASEB Journal, 27(1), 936.5.  https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.27.1_supplement.936.5

Wadosky, K., Hite, R., & Willis, M.  (2013). Muscle RING finger-1 (MuRF1) inhibits insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1)-dependent cardiomyocyte hypertrophy by reducing Akt nuclear activity.  The FASEB Journal, 27(1), 386.4.  https://www.fasebj.org/doi/abs/10.1096/fasebj.27.1_supplement.386.4