2015 TED Officer Elections

published Aug 4, 2015 12:00am

The fall 2015 officer election has concluded. Please join with us in congratulating your new NAGT officers for the 2015-16 academic year!


Jeff Thomas is an assistant professor of science education and earth science at Central Connecticut State University. He teaches secondary science methods, earth science and physical science for elementary majors, meteorology, and various graduate courses for in-service science teachers. Previously, Jeff was a secondary earth science teacher for twelve years and he was also a broadcast meteorologist for four years. His research interests are related to inquiry, curriculum development, geoscience education.

Education: BS Meteorology (minor in Geology), California University of Pennsylvania; Ed.D, Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. Professional Experience: Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut State University (08 to pres.). Professional Activity: PI for two Teacher Quality Partnership grants; Co-Pi for one Connecticut K-8 Instructional Improvement grant, and project management team member for two Math & Science Partnership grants. Professional Service:Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Awards Committee (10-13), reviewer for the Journal of Geoscience Education.

Vice President

Mark P. Turski is a Professor of Earth Systems Science at Plymouth State University in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Mark began his teaching career as a middle and high school Earth Science teacher before moving to the university level. In his 25 years of teaching at PSU he has taught a broad spectrum of courses in the earth, space and physical sciences, and secondary science methods. He has supervised student teachers, provided graduate courses for in-service teachers and professional development for school districts. He has been the director of both the Training Earth System Science Teachers and Preparing Earth System Science Teachers of Tomorrow grants, which were part of The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) and NSF's Geo-Teach project. He has presented at the national NSTA and GSA conferences for over 25 years and is a past president of the New England chapter of NAGT. He is a passionate traveler, diver and rugby fan.

Education: 1976 - B. S. - University of Maine - Orono: Plant and Soil Sciences, Soil Option; 1980 - University of Maine - Orono: Secondary Education Teaching Certificate; 1987 - M. Ed. - University of Maine - Orono: Science Education (Environmental Science Concentration); 1994 - Ph.D. - University of Texas - Austin: Science Education (Astronomy Concentration)