Geoscience Education

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Ph.D. University of Georgia
M.S. Emory University 
B.S. University of North Carolina-Charlotte

GEOL 110: Physical Geology
GEOL 167: History & Philosophy of the Geosciences
GEOL 272: Planetary Geology
GEOL 291: Geowriting
GEOL 367: Genesis of Solid Earth Materials
GEOL 398: Earth & Environmental Science in Ireland
GEOL 399: Field Methods in Geology
GEOL 477: Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences
ISCI 161: Science Processes
ISCI 162: Science of the Planets


I use my background in K-12 and college-level STEM education and program assessment and evaluation to support teachers of science at the preservice and inservice career stages.  I also support student research that is consistent with the goals and objectives of the BA-Earth Science program, namely communicating science to non-scientific audiences.  I was a member of the Earth and Space Design Team for the National Research Council's A Curriculum Framework for K-12 Science Education.  I am also a past President for both the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) and the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA).  I currently serve as the Co-director for the James Madison University Center for STEM Education and Outreach and Coordinator for Science Teacher Preparation inthe College of Science and Mathematics at JMU.  I am an NAGT Counselor for Virginia and serve on the Preservice Teacher Preparation Committee for NSTA.  I have a B.S. in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where I also received my preparation as a science teacher.  I have a M.S. in Geology from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Georgia.

  • Preparation and Professional Development of Earth Science Teachers
  • Development and Evaluati9on of Instructional Materials in Earth Science
  • Assessment of Student Learning in the Classroom, the Field, and across Geoscience Programs


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