2021 GER Electionspublished May 31, 2021 4:17pm
It is time to vote for officers of the Geoscience Education Research Division of NAGT. The ballot includes Past President, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Graduate Student Liaison. Voting begins on June 1 and ends on July 1, 2021.
Officer Candidate Biographies
Education: B.A. Geology, Whitman College; M.S. Geology, Washington State University; Ph.D. Geology, University of Montana
Teaching Experience: college level courses including Introductory Geology, Geomorphology, Geology of the National Parks and Monuments, Oil and Gas Geology, Geomechanics, and Geology Capstone course.
Memberships: AGU, GSA, NAGT, Geoscience Alliance (GA), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Education: B.A. Peace & Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley; B.S. Geology, University of Hawai'i at Hilo; four 1-year certificates in pedagogy and Ph.D. Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame.
Teaching Experience: college STEM faculty pedagogical professional development, K-12 science teacher Earth Science content professional development, college courses in the social and learning sciences and the natural sciences.
Professional Experience: Geophysics Science Aide at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (5 years), Science Teaching Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder (3 years), Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University (1 year), Associate Editor for JGE (2012-2018). Grants: Recipient of funding through NSF-WIDER, NSF-IUSE, and Nebraska Department of Education; external evaluator or advisory member for projects funded through NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, and NSF-IUSE.
Memberships: AAAS, ACS, AGU, GSA, NAGT, NARST.
"I am interested in the Vice President position because I am passionate about promoting geoscience education research and want to help grow the geoscience education research community while fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment for our members. Through my interactions with the division thus far, I have witnessed the importance of this community to the advancement of geoscience education research, facilitation of professional development, and dissemination and exchange of resources and ideas. I hope to assist the division with these ventures as well as create new opportunities for collaboration both within the division and with the broader geoscience community. Through my position as the State Representative for South Carolina in the Southeastern Section of NAGT, I have become familiar with NAGT and have had the opportunity to work with many members of the geoscience education research community. As Vice President, I hope to continue to build these relationships and help to grow the community."
"As Media Director, I would be able to leverage my expertise in social media and my abilities to communicate with others to help promote our Division's events and priorities with our members and broader community. I have also held a similar role as a graduate student with the Geoscience Education Division of GSA where I ran our social media account and worked with our Board to communicate events and happenings in the Geo. Ed. Division with members of our Division."
Graduate Student Liaison
"I'm relatively new to NAGT, but I think being in this role will help me learn about the organization while helping my graduate student peers when I can. I've been in grad school for a few years now and I'd like to be the person for others that I wish I had when I first started out. Zo Kreager and I have been working together in the NAGT Graduate Student writing group for about a month now and she helped me see that I'd be a good fit for the role. As a concurrent MS and PhD student in the geosciences and geoscience education, I'm in a unique position to assist graduate students and undergraduate students alike. I've been the instructor of record for earth and atmospheric science courses that are designed for pre-service teachers at Western Michigan University for 3 years now (and counting), and I love what I do! My research is in virtual field trips in the geosciences, a topic I'm very passionate about for widening accessibility to the geosciences."