Becca Franzen, Ed.D. 

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-4943
Fax: (715) 346-3624
E-mail: becca.franzen@uwsp.edu
Office: TNR 237

 

 


 
After earning her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Becca worked in varied roles at environmental education centers and camps for people with disabilities. Seeing a need to better connect with local communities, Becca went back to school for a Masters degree in Human and Community Resources. She then completed her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Science Social Studies and Environmental Education Integration from Northern Illinois University. Becca teaches courses in foundations of environmental education, environmental education methods, environmental issues and investigations and graduate seminar.  Her research focuses on pre-service teacher education in environmental education and environmental literacy. 

Education 

  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 2012 
       
    Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science, Social Studies, and Environmental    Education Integration
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 2009
      
    Human and Community Resources with an emphasis in Adult Education
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 2000
       Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation, minor degrees in Biology and Camp and Youth Agency Administration and Programming  

Professional Affiliations 

  • National Association for Interpretation, 1997-present (Certified Interpretive Trainer, 2008 –present) 
  • North American Association for Environmental Education, 2010 - present
  • Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, 1997 - present
  • Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree facilitator, 2012 - present

Refereed Presentations  

Franzen, R.L. & Kacoroski, J. (2014, April).  Technology and training: Preparing environmental educators to use technology in the field.  Presented at the meeting of the National Association for Interpretation Region 5, Rockford, Illinois.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2013, September).  Environmental education and teacher education programs.  Presented at the meeting of the Midwest Environmental Education Conference, Coralville, Iowa.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2013, August).  Environmental literacy of preservice teachers.  Presented at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
 
Franzen, A.S., Franzen, E.L., & Franzen, R.L. (2013, January).  Animal signs.  Presented at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
 
Franzen, R.L. & Lane, J. (2012, October).  Wisconsin’s Teacher Educator Network for Environmental Education: Influencing policy, teaching, and research.  Presented at the meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Oakland, California.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2012, October).  A quantitative analysis of environmental education in elementary teacher education programs.  Presented at the research symposium of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Oakland, California.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2011, November).  Crucibles, values, and philosophy.  Presented at the meeting of the National Association for Interpretation, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2011, November).  Student directed service learning.  Presented at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, Rosholt, Wisconsin.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2011, October).  Culture and policies intertwine: Best practices in EE teacher preparation?  Presented at the meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2010, October).  Environmental ethics: Helping others understand and act on their values.  Presented at the meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Buffalo, New York.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2010, April).  GPS: Ghosts, puzzles, and stories.  Presented at the meeting of the National Association for Interpretation, Region 5, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2009, October).  Empower yourself and your campus: Increasing multicultural student success.  Presented at the meeting of the National Academic Advising Association, San Antonio, Texas.
 
Franzen, R.L. (2007, October).  Kids first, ability second.  Presented at the meeting of the Midwest Environmental Education Conference, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
 
Hanson, R.L. (1999).  Student involvement in the new season.  Presented at the meeting of the National Association for Interpretation, Syracuse, New York.  
 

Invited Presentations

Franzen, R.L. (2013, April).  Values and the environmental educator.  Keynote presentation at the Environmental Education Association of Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois.

Franzen, R.L. (2013, February).  Making fast connections that last.  Panel member at the UW-Stevens Point Alumni speed networking night, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2012, July).  Elementary teacher education programs: Incorporation and use of the NAAEE Guidelines.  Presented at the meeting of the Teacher Educator Network for Environmental Education, Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2011, March).  How to use your “outside” resources.  Presented at the meeting of T.E.A.C.H. House, DeKalb, Illinois.

Franzen, R.L. (2010, September).  Debriefing strategies.  Presented at the meeting of Leadership Portage County, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2009, November).  How to use your “outside” resources.  Presented at the meeting of T.E.A.C.H. House, DeKalb, Illinois.

Franzen, R.L. (2009, September).  Debriefing strategies.  Presented at the meeting of Leadership Portage County, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2008, December).  Debriefing strategies.  Presented at the meeting of Leadership Portage County, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2007).  Crafting your own professional philosophy statement.  Presented at the meeting of the University Centers full-time staff, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2005, August).  Motivating and rewarding staff.  Presented at the meeting of the University Centers Supervisory Staff Training, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. 

Research Experience

Franzen, R.L. & Ashmann, S. (2013).  A review of the environmental education component of Wisconsin’s teacher education programs: A five-year follow-up study.  Research in progress, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Franzen, R.L. (2013).  Environmental literacy assessment of preservice teachers.  Research in progress, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Franzen, R.L. (2012).  Incorporation and use of the NAAEE Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators in elementary teacher education programs (Doctoral dissertation).  Retrieved from ProQuest. (UMI 3552282).
Franzen, R.L. (2012).  Perspectives on environmental education preservice teacher preparation.  Research in progress, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Course progression, course performance, retention, and graduation rates of UWSP students with math placement 1 or 3
(2011).  Unpublished manuscript, Office of Policy Analysis and Planning, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

2011 faculty survey results: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
(2011).  Unpublished manuscript, Office of Policy Analysis and Planning, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2010).  Faculty perspectives on environmental education teacher training, Unpublished manuscript, Department of Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Wisconsin students from 7th congressional district at UW-Stevens
Point (2010).  Unpublished manuscript, Office of Policy Analysis and Planning, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Franzen, R.L. (2010).  Wisconsin River Academy.  Unpublished manuscript, Department of Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois.

Franzen, R.L. (2009).  Success of multicultural college students in academics and early employment experiences after graduation (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

UWSP Greek life task force report
(2007).  Unpublished manuscript, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Alcohol and other drug abuse biennial review report
(2006).  Unpublished manuscript, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Senior Survey
(2006).  Unpublished manuscript, Student Involvement and Employment Office, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.