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Yue Li



Yue Li, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of educational sustainability in the School of Education at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Her research focuses on online and face-to-face professional development for formal and non-formal educators, and community-engaged learning to address sustainability challenges. She collaborates with scholars across disciplines and bridges quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct interdisciplinary research in both online and face-to-face settings, and in different cultural contexts. Her recent collaborative research projects include comparing online learning processes and outcomes for learners with different cultural and language backgrounds and exploring college students’ place attachment through an online photo sharing community. She has taught environment and sustainability courses at Cornell and UWSP, which have provided high quality and equitable learning opportunities for students, environmental and sustainability educators and other professionals from all over the world.

Experience and Interests


  • Assistant Professor, Educational Sustainability, UW-Stevens Point (2022-present)
  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, UW-Stevens Point (2024-present)


  • Research Associate, Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University (2019-2022)

Presentations and Publications


  • Li, Y., Armstrong A. & Krasny, M. E. (2024). Student Teaching Assistants’ Global Engaged-learning through MOOCs. iPresentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. April 11-14, 2024, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Logan N., S. Beaulieu, S. Bueno & Y. Li. (2023). University/District Partnerships to Prepare Future Rural Special Education. Presentation at the Teachers National Forum To Advance Rural Education (online). November 16-17, 2023.
  • Li Y., K. Liddicoat & B. Franzen. (2023). Using Photography to Enhance Nature Connectedness. Presentation at the Midwest Environmental Education Conference. November 2-4, 2023, La Crosse, WI.
  • Redman E. & Y. Li. (2023) Empowering Teachers as Change Agents in Sustainability. Presentation at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference (online). October 17-20, 2023.
  • Zhu W., Y. Li & Y. Hua. (2023). The Impact of a Photo-sharing Community on University Students’ Place Attachment. Presentation at  the North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium (online). October 12, 2023.
  • Li Y. (2023). Community Engagement in Educational Sustainability. Presentation at the 27th Annual UWSP Teaching Conference, Teaching for Social Justice (online). January 20, 2023.




  • Member, University Institution Review Board (IRB) Committee (2023-present)
  • Member, College of Professional Studies Diversity Taskforce (2022-present)

Professional Service

  • Co-program chair, Environmental Education Special Interest Group (SIG) at AERA (2024-2025)
  • Guest editor, Integrative Conservation, Special Issue on Nature Education: Connecting Humans and Nature for Conservation in China (2024)
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer: North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference and Research Symposium, and American Educational Research Association Annual Conference
  • Manuscript reviewer: Environmental Education Research, Journal of Environmental Education, Professional Development in Education, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Sustainability, Environment and Behavior
Yue Li
Assistant Professor - Educational Sustainability
College of Professional Studies Diversity Taskforce

438 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Environmental Education
Cornell University, 2017

M.S. in Natural Resources
Beijing Normal University, 2011

B.S. in Soil and Water Conservation
Beijing Forestry University


EDSU 908 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education for Sustainability
EDSU 721/921 - Building Equitable Education Systems: Understanding Race, Ethnicity, Power, and Privilege
EDCU 707 - Educational Research
EDSU 810 - Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability Leadership in Education
EDSU 904 - Transformative Sustainability Teaching and Learning
EDSU 905 Research I
EDSU 906 Research II
EDSU 918 - Research Literature
EDSU 919 - Residency