Dear University and Community Colleagues:
I wish to acknowledge the legacy of Dr. Mark Musick, a friend and collaborator, who retired in June 2014 as the Quillen Chair. The administration of the Clemmer College of Education has identified STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education as an area of focus to be addressed through the Quillen Chair of Excellence in Education. For my term as Quillen Chair, I propose to maintain involvement in professional leadership organizations at the state, regional, and national levels such as the School Science and Mathematics Association, the Association of Science Teacher Education, and the National Association of Science Teachers. I have created a web-based resource to be used by education faculty, students and area schools as a clearinghouse for all STEM related professional development and opportunities.
Throughout our lives we all have been influenced by many teachers and owe so much to the experiences and revelations that came to us through their guidance. Many of the successes in my life I owe to the wonderful mentors and role models I have encountered. I began teaching science in 1989 at a rural high school in West Virginia. As teachers, we are committed to life-long learning and the advancement of our practice. So, I continued my education, earning a Masters in Science Education and then my doctorate (2001). My adviser in graduate school was an experienced chemistry, physics, and mathematics teacher and she was a guiding light through my graduate years. I found the confidence and passion that led me from teaching science content in public school settings to preparing preservice teachers, of various concentrations and grade levels from early childhood to high school. These experiences became the foundation in my development of strategies for applying the complex understanding of the nature of science and science education. Contemporary research and development have exposed all of us to new outcomes and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These outcomes will influence trends and changes to curriculum. The bottom line is all students can learn and be proficient in science and mathematics given the right methodology and approach. My research agenda centers on science teaching and learning within the public school systems, teacher education programs and the S.T.E.M. content specific areas.
I will continue to serve the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education as program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Teaching program and will teach the major foundations course for that program. I serve the state and the community as a member of the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub Advisory Council (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network) and as a member of the faculty of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education.
If I can be of assistance in an advisory capacity for S.T.E.M. research or other creative activities, please do not hesitate to contact me.