Shari Britner

Associate Professor

Westlake Hall 233
(309) 677-3175

B.A., Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Eckerd College
M.Ed., Middle Grades Education from Georgia State University
Ph.D., Emory University


Dr. Britner is an Associate Professor whose teaching responsibilities focus on elementary and middle school science education for undergraduate students. Other undergraduate courses she teaches include Exploring Diversity, Human Development, Adolescent Development, Effective Teaching Strategies, and Student Teaching K-8. She also teaches in the Professional Master of Arts in Elementary Math, Science and Technology Education program. Dr. Britner's prior teaching experience ranges from preschool to graduate students over 17 years of public school service, mostly teaching middle school science in an urban setting. She was among the first group of teachers in the nation to earn National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in 1994. Her teaching style is dynamic and geared toward helping students appreciate course material and its application to their future careers and personal lives. Her goal is to help future teachers become lifelong learners and reflective educators, able to integrate and apply knowledge from varied sources and experiences.


Dr. Britner's research and publications focus on attitudes and motivation in science, particularly self-efficacy and anxiety related to science; inquiry-oriented science pedagogy; and equity issues in science and science education. She has published qualitative and quantitative articles in The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Elementary Science Education, and The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, in addition to several book chapters and monographs. She was awarded the College of Education and Health Science Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award and the Bradley University Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Award for Scholarship in 2007. She is currently involved in an NIH-funded research project (through a research consortium with Georgia State University, Emory University, and Yerkes Primate Center) comparing the effects of collaborative and traditional summer research programs on undergraduate neuroscience students’ research skills self-efficacy, mastery of science content and process skills, and long-term career progress in science-related careers.


At the national level, Dr. Britner has served on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal for Research in Science Teaching, the Journal of Elementary Science Education, and as Chair of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching's Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Committee. She reviews manuscripts for journals including Spanish Journal of Psychology, Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Science Education, and the Journal of Research and Education (University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan). At Bradley University, Dr. Britner has served, or is currently serving on a number of University committees including the Steering Committee for the Science 101 Program; the Planning Committee and Coordinating Committee for the Professional Master of Arts in Elementary Math, Science and Technology Education program; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committee; and the Kemper Coordinators Council. She serves as a senator-at-large representing the College of Education and Heath Sciences and as the coordinator of the college's ongoing teacher accreditation for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). At the department level, Dr. Britner has served, or is currently serving, on numerous committees including the Scholarship Committee (past Chair), Elementary Education Committee (past Chair), several search committees, NCATE sub committees, and has served as a sponsor for the Bradley Student Education Association and as Faculty Liaison for the Illinois Golden Apple scholars on campus.