Kimberly Lightle

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Director of Research and Admin, Office of Research

(614) 688-3485

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Kimberly Lightle received her PhD in Educational Studies in 1995 from The Ohio State University, College of Education with a focus on science teacher education. Her first position after graduating was with the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC), a project housed in the OSU College of Education and has been with the college ever since. She has been funded through five National Science Foundation programs (National STEM Digital Library, Discovery Research K-12, International Polar Year, Climate Change Education, and Geoscience Education) as well as the Ohio Board of Regents and NASA with budgets totaling more than $7 million. In her current position, Director of the EHE Office of Research, she directs the daily operations of the College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research including developing systems within the college for communicating funding opportunities and research accomplishments, including oversight of the Office web presence and publications. She is building relationships with colleagues across the university, with community partners, professional organizations, and with local school districts to expand the EHE pool of project collaborators. Dr. Lightle is developing enrichment programs for faculty that stimulate collaborative research and provide training in fundamental issues related to solicitation and administrative management of grants and contracts.


  • 1995 – PhD in Educational Studies, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    • Areas of Emphasis: Science Education, Teacher Education, Educational Technology, and Assessment
  • 1989 – MEd in Educational Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Areas of Emphasis: Science Education and Informal Education
  • 1982 – BS, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
    • Major: Zoology, Minor: Chemistry

Selected Grants

  • Connecting Climate Science and Inquiry, February 2012 – May 2014, Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality Program, $102,587
  • Repositioning NSDL for the Next Generation of Digital Learning, February 2012 – August 2012, UCAR (NSF Flow-through), $119,291
  • Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, September 2010 – August 2013, NSF GeoSciences Education – GEO 1034922, $126,700
  • Supplement to Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, November 2009 – August 2012, NSF Climate Change Education Program (CCE), $116,760
  • Middle School Portal Math & Science Pathways, September 2008 – August 2012, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 0733024, $2,369,699
  • Digital Resources to Support Just-In-Time Teacher Preparation, December 2007, Subcontract with UCAR/NSF, $8,500
  • Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and Science in K-5 Classrooms, September 2007 – August 2010, NSF DR K-12 Grant Number – DRL 0733024, $1,506,876
  • NSDL Middle School Mathematics and Science Portal, February 2006 – June 2008, UCAR (NSF Flow-through), $560,000
  • Connecting K-16 NSTA Science Content to the NSDL Metadata Repository, July 2005 – June 2008, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 0506535, $847,791
  • Digitizing and Cataloging NASA's Best Videos Project, June 2005 – October 2005, NASA, $21,000
  • Collection Building and Capacity Development for K-12 Federally-Produced Mathematics and Science Education Digital Library, September 2002 – August 2005, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-0226228, $498,000
  • Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL), 2001 – 2003, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-0121677, $309,000
  • Developing a National Digital Library Science Metadata Schema, Supplement to the National Digital Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Digital Library Grant, 2002 – 2003, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 128632, $60,560
  • National Digital Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Digital Library, 2000 – 2003, NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-008534, $502,000

Selected Publications

  • Lightle, K. S. (2012). Spotlight on STEM: Keeping up with advances in STEM Research. Middle Ground, 15(3), 34-35.
  • Lightle, K. S. (2011). More than just the technology. Science Scope, 34(9), 6-9.
  • Lightle, K. S. (2011). Differentiate teaching and learning with web 2.0 tools. Middle Ground, 14(3), 8-9.
  • Fries-Gaither, J., & Lightle, K. S. (2011). Penguins and polar bears integrates science and literacy. Science, 331(6016), 413. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196976
  • Lightle, K. S. (2010). Using social media to build an online professional learning network of middle level educators. Knowledge Quest, 39(2), 48-53.
  • Lightle, K. S. (2010). Using social media to close the participant gap of middle level educators. ISTE siglit Innovative Learning Newsletter.
  • Lightle, K. S., Almasy, E., Barbato, L., Clark, S., George, Y., Hsi, S., Lowe, C., MacKinney, P., & McIlvain, E. (2010). Best practices for metrics collection and analysis: Report of the NSDL metrics working group. Boulder, Colorado: National Science Digital Library, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 39 p. Retrieved from
  • Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum. (2010). Future of STEM curricula and instructional design: A research and development agenda for learning designers. Report of the Blue Skies Workshop convened by the National Science Foundation. Retrieved from
  • Additional publications can be found at

Selected Presentations

Invited Presentations

  • Putting Behavior Change into K-12 Green Curriculum and Instruction. Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). August 5, 2012, Columbus, OH
  • Role of Social Networking in Climate Change Education. NASA-NOAA-NSF Tri-Agency PI Meeting. March 1, 2011. Washington, DC
  • Making the Most of Digital Learning Resources for STEM with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference 2010. July 8, 2010. Washington, DC
  • Demystifying the Federal Grant Review Process: National Science Foundation. With David Haury. Workshop Series sponsored by The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research. April 23, 2010. Columbus, OH. Presentation available at
  • Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and Science in K-5 Classrooms. Featured presentation – Elementary Science Day. Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Annual Conference. February 25, 2010. Columbus, OH
  • Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recognition Program. January 5, 2010. Washington, DC

Educational Technology                                                                    

  • Using Digital Tools and Services to Extend Your Reach, Broaden Your Impacts. Innovate! Conference. The Ohio State University. April 12, 2012, Columbus, OH
  • Build Your Own eBooks with CAST's UDL Book Builder. eTech Ohio Conference. February 15, 2012. Columbus, OH
  • Create, Collaborate, and Connect with the Middle School Portal 2 Professional Learning Network. eTech Ohio 2011 Conference. February 3, 2011. Columbus, OH
  • Engaging Teachers with Social Media: Successes and Challenges. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. October 11, 2010. Washington, DC
  • Additional presentations can be found at