Environmental and Natural Resources Initiative
Dr. Carol Hanley has worked as a science educator for over 20 years. She taught high school biology and chemistry in at Bryan Station High School in Fayette County for 13 years. After receiving her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky, she joined the Kentucky Department of Education. At KDE, she was the Sciences Branch Manager in the Division of Curriculum and Assessment and helped develop Kentucky's science content standards. In 2001, she came to the University of Kentucky as an extension specialist in 4-H youth development with responsibilities in statewide program and extension agent development. In 2005, the majority of her time was spent as the Director of Education and Communications at the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment. She served as associate director of the Tracy the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, conducting professional development programs for teachers, environmental programs for students, outreach for community members, and supports UK faculty in research efforts. In 2007, Dr. Hanley and her team received a $1.2 million grant from NSF to conduct community-based science projects using GIS, remote sensing and 3-D modeling technology and has been awarded over $3 million in grant funding. In 2010, Dr. Hanley assisted the Institute in awarding the first UK Global Sustainability Award, recognizing individual efforts in sustainability across the world. Currently, she serves as associate director, of the College of Agricultures, Environmental and Natural Resources Initiative. In 2012, Dr. Hanley was awarded the Kentucky Science Teachers Association Distinguished Educator of the Year Award; Bluegrass Tomorrow, Robert Clay President's Award and United Way of the Bluegrass, Excellence in Education Award.