Deidre Sessoms


Contact Information

Benicia Hall 1022
(916) 278-4267

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Joined Faculty: June 1997

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

Dr. Deidre Sessoms is Professor in the College of Education and Interim Director of the Student Research Center at Sacramento State. In addition, she serves as Co-Director of the CSU Student Success Network: ( A former plant physiologist, Deidre’s PhD in science education informs her current work on STEM student success across the K-16 continuum. She has directed various student success efforts, including an HHMI funded undergraduate biology student success program for under-represented students at UC Davis; the First Year Experience Program at Sacramento State, and the K-12 Teaching Credential programs at Sacramento State. She advises numerous STEM education projects in the CSU, including the STAR Program (STEM Teacher and Researcher), the Preparing a New Generation of Teachers for California S.D. Bechtel, Jr. funded system-wide initiative, and Next Generation Science Standards implementation in teacher preparation. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $5 million in STEM education projects funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal, state, and philanthropic organizations.

Educational Degrees

Ph.D., Science Education, University of California, Davis, degree conferred March 2002.Dissertation Title: A pragmatic conception of science: Implications for science teaching
California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Life Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Introductory Physical Sciences, UC Davis, August 1989.
Master’s Coursework and Research (2 years), Plant Physiology, UC Davis, 1987: thesis not completed.
B.S., Biology major, with Chemistry, Mathematics and English minors, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau Missouri, Graduated with Highest Honors May 1985.

Professional Awards or Commendations

  • Sacramento State College of Education Outstanding Service to the Community Award, 201
  • Sacramento City Council “Outstanding Community Service Award” for service to the Tahoe Park Neighborhood, 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

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Last updated: February 7, 2018
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