Image: Science Instructor Cathy HanksUte Kaden

Assistant Professor
School of Education, UAF
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston, 2007; M.S. in Geosciences and Mathematics, Technical Hochschule in Dresden, Germany; M.Ed. in Educational Technology, UT Brownsville

Ute Kaden is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education at UAF since 2008. Her fields of expertise are science, mathematics, and technology education. She has worked in leadership positions as international educator on curriculum projects in the UK, New Zealand, and with TERC research Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Between 1998- 2007 Kaden taught AP physics, college physics, mathematics, and AP German at Homer Hanna High School in Brownsville Texas and physical science/physics for educators at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC).

In 2005, Kaden participated in the Teacher and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (TREC) NSF sponsored program managed by the Arctic research Consortium of the United States as outreach teacher in the HOTRAX expedition transecting the Arctic basin form Dutch Harbor, AK to Tromsoe, Norway onboard of the coastguard icebreaker USCGC Healy. Dr. Kaden was also the PolarTREC outreach teacher onboard the Swedish Icebreaker Oden to McMurdo, Antarctica, the cruise opening the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2006 and in 2007 an outreach educator with the University of Texas El Paso during IPY Research and Educational Opportunities in Antarctica for Minorities (IPYROAM). Working with well-known scientists like Dr. B. Coakley on geophysics projects, sedimentary coring, and sea ice research during the expeditions enabled Kaden to bring cutting edge science to the classrooms and to teacher education programs in South Texas.

Kaden loves flying gilders and small airplanes and recently had the opportunity to soar with a LS4 glider to an altitude of 26,000 feet in mountain wave conditions at Minden, NV.