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I'm a PhD physicist and science educator, providing consulting services to support college and high-school educational reform. I specialize in communicating research-based instructional practices to teachers. I also work with academics to envision and carry out effective educational programs based on research on how people learn.

Find out more about my experience on my resume page, or scroll down for my recent clients. Need someone to help with a project? Drop me a line. I love work.

Services

  • Workshops for college and high school instructors
  • Proposal visioning and editing foreducational grants
  • Feedback and evaluation on educational programs, particularly those focusing on innovative college-level programs or faculty development
  • Physics content review and writing, primarily for instructional materials or teacher audiences
  • Media production, including audio production and video direction
  • Public speaking and presentations

Areas of expertise

  • Physics content
  • Education research
  • Faculty professional development
  • College-level instructional innovation
  • Communication about science & effective educational techniques

 

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Recent clients and positions

Workshop Leader

University of California at Berkeley. Presented workshops on effective clicker use, writing clicker questions, and aligning assessments with learning objectives. November, 2011 and February 2012

i>clicker / MacMillan. Webinar presenter. Regular presenter for webinar series on effective use of classroom technology. 2009-present.

University of Oregon Science Literacy Program. Presented workshops on effective clicker use, writing clicker questions, and aligning assessments with learning objectives. 2011-2012.

Oregon Association of Physics Teachers. Presented workshops on learning goals, backwards design, and alignment of assessment with learning outcomes. 2011.

Sheridan County School District. Presented workshops on effective questioning techniques and question-writing, with a focus on clickers and peer instruction. 2011.

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT). Prepared and presented full-day faculty professional development workshop on learning goals, backwards design, formative assessement and effective use of clickers. 2011.

Writer & producer.

Physics Education Research User's Guide. Directing and producing videos on instructional techniques. 2013-present.

Physics Education Research Topical Group: Wrote and released press releases about physics education research for the media. 2012-present.

Learning About Teaching Physics podcast. Created podcast on physics education research, directed towards high school and college physics teachers. 2010-2012.

JILA Research Highlights, CU-Boulder and NIST. Produced short articles about atomic and astronomical physics for the public.

PhET Interactive Simulations. Directing and producing videos on effective uses of interactive simulations in the classroom. 2010- present.

Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton Developed and wrote online module for faculty, Teaching with Learning Assistants. 2010.

National Science Digital Library: Produced podcast series for K-6 teachers and web content. 2009-2010.

American Institute of Physics: Developed Physicists' Manual for participants in Adopt a Physicist program. 2009

AAAS Science Magazine: Reported and produced two interview segments for regular podcast. 2009.

National Public Radio, AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Learned the art of radio writing and production with the nation's premier science reporters. 2005.

External Evaluator.

Teen Science Cafe Networks. Evaluating local component of national NSF-AISL network of informal science experiences for teens. 2013-present.

GAANN Graduate Assistance programs. Evaluating two DoE-GAANN programs at CU-Boulder in the College of Engineering. 2013-present.

LearnCheMe Screencasts. Providing assessment for NSF-TUES project to create screencasts and conceptests for "flipped" classrooms in engineering. 2013-present.

PhET Interactive Simulations. Evaluating NSF DRK-12 program to create interactive simulations in middle school environments. 2010 - present.

COSI Graduate Training Program, CU-Boulder. Evaluated innovative graduate education program (NSF-IGERT) in computational optics. 2009-present.

IQ-Biology Graduate Training Program, CU-Boulder. Evaluated innovative graduate education program (NSF-IGERT) in quantitative biology. 2011-present.

Teaching Excellence Workshops, Center for Astronomy Education, U. of Arizona. Evaluated faculty development program for new astronomy faculty. 2011.

Instructional Material Development & Review

Lawrence Hall of Science Science Education for Public Understanding (SEPUP). Science content review. Reviewed instructional modules for scientific accuracy.

Big Bang Productions. Teacher Guide Developer. Created teacher guides to accompany video/graphic novel series, The Adventures of Mr. Tompkins, for DVD and iPad/iPhone. August, 2010-present..

Harvard-Smithsonian Science Media Group / Annenberg Media. Curriculum developer. Development of curriculum and accompanying guide to be used in facilitating a professional development course for high-school physics teachers on Physics for the 21st Century. November, 2009 - May, 2010.

Science Education Initiative at University of Colorado. Postdoc. Developed curriculum and researched student learning in Carl Wieman's innovative educational reform program.

Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception. Postdoc. Created podcasts and webcasts, developed and taught teacher workshops. Here is a passionate description of what my time at the Exploratorium meant to me.