Bryan Rebar is the associate director for the UO center for STEM Careers through Outreach, Research, and Education (STEM CORE). Rebar received his PhD in environmental science with a specialty in science education from Oregon State University. Throughout his career, Rebar has been interested in teaching that at once captivates learners and portrays authentic science.
Rebar formerly served as director for the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program at Cal Poly, a teacher research experience program helping preservice and early career science and math teachers to participate in original, cutting edge studies at leading national laboratories.
In his current role at UO, Rebar manages a portfolio of initiatives to advance teacher recruitment, teacher professional development, and outreach. These initiatives aim to leverage the resources and expertise of the university in order to promote connections among students, faculty, educators, administrators, and representatives of industry, public agencies, and other educational programs. All of these efforts are part of a larger vision to enhance the quality and quantity of students excelling in STEM and pursuing STEM-related careers. Rebar also serves as an external evaluator for the Oregon Coast Education Program, which prepares teachers to teach ocean science related curricula, including field experiences, using best practices.
Prior to his graduate studies, Rebar worked as program director for the Desert Sun Science Center-Astrocamp, a residential science education center for visiting school children in California. Rebar began his career in education as a naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, a residential school in northern Minnesota, where he taught visiting school age students in an outdoor setting. Consequently, Rebar believes teaching and learning should take place in context, involve social interactions, and should, most of all, involve elements of play and fun.