Reynaldo Ramirez Jr., Ed.D.

Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr., Associate Professor for Secondary and Science Education, is currently the department chairperson for the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation within the College of Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. His duties include oversight over teacher certification, student teaching, and alternative pathways to certification programs and serving as the project director for several funded projects.

He was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez has been an educator at both private, public and higher education institutions.  He entered the teaching profession in 1974 and has taught science and mathematics courses in the Los Fresnos, Point Isabel, and Brownsville public school systems.  He spent four years teaching biology, physical science, and advanced biology at the Marine Military Academy, a private military school where he also coached swimming. He has been involved with many environmental and outdoor activities that encourage the participation of youth.

Dr. Ramirez became a teacher and department chairperson in 1980 at Porter High School in Brownsville where he helped to develop the high school laboratory science programs and integrated technology in science teaching.  He sponsored several students in developing school district, regional, and international caliber science projects.  In 1987, Dr. Ramirez was employed as Brownsville ISD's K-12 science curriculum specialist where he re-instituted science fairs at the elementary level.  With the support of the superintendent and a $2.5 million budget, he coordinated the district's Saturday Academy program which was hailed as the largest parental involvement initiative for the school district.

In the early 1990's, Dr. Ramirez led the grant development that resulted in the first National Science Foundation funding for science and mathematics teacher professional development and student achievement activities. As a teacher, as well as a teacher leader, Dr. Ramirez has provided resources to support professional development for elementary and secondary science teachers in the impoverished south Texas region.

Prior to being employed full time with the University of Texas at Brownsville, he served as an adjunct instructor with the biology department where he taught human genetics and anatomy and physiology courses.  He also presented topics in environmental and marine science. Dr. Ramirez received his doctorate from the University of Houston in Higher Education Administration and Supervision.  His studies emphasized curriculum development in the area of science teacher professional development. 

Working with area children gives Dr. Ramirez an opportunity to stay in touch with current science education problems and issues. As an environmental activist he is often directly involved with environmental issues affecting the Rio Grande Valley and south Texas.  He continues to promote outdoor activities for children and has served as a volunteer Hunter and Angler Education Instructor for the Texas Parks and Wildlife since 1993. He is currently the TPWD Angler Area Chief and Master Angler Education Instructor and provides training to school districts and organization locally and around the state to promote outdoor education and science programs for children.

You can learn more about his interests by clicking on his personal webpages on the bottom right of the page.


Biographical Sketch


Fall 2012

  1. Master Science Teacher Learning Academies

  2. Teacher Quality Grant - Exploring Water Quality through PBL

  3. EDCI 6346 - Environmental Education Methods

  4. EDMG/EDSC Secondary Science Education Methods

  5. EDCI 6348 - Science Education Project

Spring 2013

  1. Teacher Quality Grant - Workshops and Field Trips

  1. EDCI 6344 - Current Issues and Research in Science Education


  1. UT-Brownsville Science Collaborative

  1. Teacher Quality Grant - Exploring Water Quality through PBL


  1. Science Achievement Initiatives

  2. Journaling and Lesson Design Strategies

  3. Experiential Learning

  4. Place-based and Outdoor Education