Tina Cheuk



rank Assistant Professor
email tcheuk@calpoly.edu
office location 02-131

(805) 756-6775


  • 2019, Ph.D., Science Education, Stanford University
  • 2007, M.A., Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies, Stanford University
  • 1999, B.S., Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Chicago

Research Interests

  • Science education
  • Disciplinary literacy and language development
  • Curriculum and assessment development
  • Research-practice partnerships
  • STEM gender equity


    • Cheuk, T., Quinn, R., & Conner, J. O. (2022). Introduction to ‘Political Activism in Postsecondary Settings: Possibilities and Limits in Institutional Change toward Social Justice’. Peabody Journal of Education, 97(5), 521–532. https://doi.org/10.1080/0161956X.2022.2143699 
    • Mayorga, E., Cheuk, T., Quinn, R., Conner, J. O. (2022). Afterword to ‘Political Activism in Postsecondary Settings: Possibilities and Limits in Institutional Change toward Social Justice’. Peabody Journal of Education, 97(5), 631–638.
    • Cheuk, T. & Morales-Doyle, D. (2022). The ‘messy middle’ of science education partnerships. Science Education. 106(5), 1198–1213. https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21751
    • Cheuk, T. (2021). Can AI be racist? Color-evasiveness in the application of machine learning to science assessment. Science Education. 105(5), 825–836. https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21671
    • Cheuk, T. (2020). Emergent bilingual and multilingual learners in California: Californians Together passing the torch to the next generation of advocates (1996 to present). Berkeley Review of Education. 9(1). https://doi.org/10.5070/B89146421
    • Santos, M., Castellón, M., Cheuk, T., Greene, R., Mercado-Garcia, D., Zerkel, L., Hakuta, K., & Skarin, R. (2018). Preparing ELs for College and Career: Lessons from successful high schools. Teachers College Press.
    • Cheuk, T., & Quinn, R. (2018). Dismantling the wall between Church and State: The case of public education. Phi Delta Kappan. 100(3), 24–28.
    • Cheuk, T.  (2016). Discourse practices in the new standards: The role of argumentation in Common Core-era next generation science classrooms for English language learners. Electronic Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 20(3), 92–111.
    • Stage, E. K., Asturias, H., Cheuk, T., Daro, P.A., & Hampton, S.B. (19 April, 2013). Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Generation of Standards. Science. 340(6130), 276–277.

    Courses Taught

    • EDUC 436: Learning to Teach K-8 Science with Diverse Populations
    • EDUC 439: Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Seminar I
    • EDUC 403: Developing Teachers of Color
    • EDUC 532: Advanced Field Experiences in Education 
    • EDUC 598: Action Research Project in Education 

    Selected Grants

    • $2.1M. co-PI. Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Residency Program (TIER). Funder: U.S. Department of Education 
    • $60,000. PI. Data-to-Action Campaign for Parenting Students with the Urban Institute. 2023-2025. 
    • $55,000. PI. Student Parent Joy. PI. Funder: Imaginable Futures. 2023-present. 
    • $50,000. Co-PI. Fostering a mutual support network for aspiring and early career teachers of Color. Funder: Spencer Foundation. 2020-2025. 
    • $2500. PI. ‘Grant us the sun’: Kitchen-table conversations with the Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC). Funder: Chancellor’s Office at the California State University. 2023. 
    • $20,000. PI. Multigenerational outcomes and returns on investments for student parents in the California University System. Funder: Center for California Studies at Sacramento State. 2022-2023.


    • 2023 Cal Poly President’s Diversity Award, faculty winner (1 of 2) 
    • 2022 Outstanding Faculty Innovator in Student Success nominee (1 per campus), California State University

    Professional Service

    • PreK-12 STEM Education Innovations, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Board on Science Education (BOSE), committee member (1 of 14), 2023-2025. 
    • 2028 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment Framework Panel, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), development and steering committee member (1 of 30), 2022-2023. 
    • California State Literacy Plan, California Department of Education, committee member (1 of 41). 2020-2021. 
    • Bilingual Authorization Work Group, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, committee member (1 of 25). 2020-2022. 
    • Science Curriculum Framework, California State Board of Education, committee member (1 of 20). 2014-2015.


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