Geoscience Education Research Division Officers
President Nicole LaDue
Education: B.S. Geology, SUNY Albany; M.A.T., Cornell University; Ph.D. in Geology, Michigan State University. Teaching Experience: 9th grade Earth Science at 2 public high schools in New York State (6 years), dual-credit physical geology through SUNY Oneonta, Global Change introductory geoscience course at MSU, science teaching methods classes at NIU. Professional Experience: 2 years as an Einstein Educator Fellow in the Directorate for Geosciences, NSF; Member of Earth Science Literacy Initiative Organizing Committee; Panel reviewer for NSF, NOAA, NEEF; Reviewer for JGE; Member of SILC (NSF Spatial Intelligence Learning Center), NSTA, NAGT, GSA.
Vice President Todd Ellis
Education: B.S. Physics, Penn State University - University Park; B.S. Meteorology, Penn State University - University Park; M.S. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University - Fort Collins; Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Teaching Experience: SUNY Oneonta: Introduction to Meteorology, Introduction to Oceanography, Global Climate Change, Computer Data Analysis in Meteorology, Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Atmospheric Radiative Transfer, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, Senior Research Seminar; K-12 and Public Outreach: NASA CloudSat Mission and GLOBE Program since 2008. Professional Experience: PI, NSF CCLI Program on Computer Usage in Undergraduate Meteorology, 2009-2012; PI, NASA EPOESS Grant for Teaching Inquiry using NASA Earth-System Science (TINES) 2011-2015; Co-PI NSF Geo-Ed Grant on the SUNY Oneonta ESOP Dual-Enrollment Program (2010-2013); Co-PI NSF Noyce Scholars Program at SUNY Oneonta (2009-2015); Panel Reviewer for NASA, NSF; Member, NSTA, NAGT, GSA, AGU, AMS.
Treasurer Kim Cheek
Education: BA elementary education (minor special education) Goucher College, Towson, MD; M.Ed. elementary education, Towson University, Towson, MD; MS, geoscience, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS; Ph.D. education: science, Durham University, Durham, UK. Relevant teaching experience: science methods for elementary and early childhood majors, introductory earth science. Activities include: Professor in Residence at urban elementary school; text writer for Earth Science exhibit at Singapore Science Centre; curriculum consultant for Sekola Ciputra, Surabaya, Indonesia; critical stakeholder reviewer for A Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS; 11+ years full-time K-12 teaching experience; member SILC (Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center), GSA, NAGT, NARST, and NSTA; Phi Beta Kappa member.
Secretary Katherine Ryker
Katherine has seven years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels, with teaching awards from NC State and NAGT. She enjoys putting her geoscience education research into practice through professional development opportunities. These have included a SERC Career Development Teaching webinar, the NC State Graduate Student Summer Teaching Institute, university-wide workshops on improving practices in STEM labs, and departmental seminars on Moodle and time management. At EMU, she focuses on pre-service teacher training in the earth sciences. In more informal settings, Katherine has designed and led a week-long summer camp geared toward increasing diversity in the geosciences and works regularly with local K-12 students and teachers to engage the community at large.
Education: B.S. Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University; M.S. (Sedimentology) and Ph.D. (Geoscience Education) in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University. College teaching experience: Earth Science for Elementary Educators; Secondary Methods for Earth Science Education (Eastern Michigan University); Physical Geology lecture and lab; Geology of NC for Teachers (North Carolina State University). High school teaching experience: Biology, AP Biology, Earth Science, Astronomy, Intro to High School Math, and Algebra I for Durham Public Schools; Durham, NC. Member: GSA, IAGD (International Association for Geoscience Diversity), AEG, NAGT, NSTA, ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education).