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teaching adult learners, research improving student performance

Blythewood, SC
March 21, 2018

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University of South Carolina Certificate in Paralegal Studies 2018 Curtin University, Perth, Australia Science & Mathematics Ph.D. 2008 Education Centre

Peer Review in an Undergraduate Biology Curriculum: Effects on Students’ Scientific Reasoning, Writing and Attitudes Australasian Digital Thesis, PID 18880

University of Washington, Seattle WA Department of Botany M.S. 1999 Spore dispersal mechanics and potential evolutionary consequences to populations of fungi in Pacific Northwest Forests St. Lawrence University, Canton NY Environmental Studies & Biology B.S. 1994 Salutatorian and summa cum laude

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


Educational Consultant

Assessed and evaluated educational programs for clients to improve student learning outcomes and program performance. Provided professional editorial services for scientific and technical manuscripts. Reviewed manuscripts for professional journals to determine publication-worthiness. Development and delivery of professional development experiences for teachers. May 2016 to


Southern Regional Education Board

Co-Director, Advanced Careers. Responsible for professional development of high school educators to teach innovative programs in rapid growth, high skill industries such as aerospace engineering, clean energy technology and health informatics.

April 2015 –

April 2016

South Carolina Department of Education

Director, Offices of Instructional Practices and Educator Evaluation. Led an office of 20-30 professionals with a budget of $4 million dedicated to continuous improvement of K-12 student learning standards in all subject areas, developed and implemented associated professional support for teachers. Led a team charged with implantation of state-wide educator evaluation systems centered on value-added methodologies. Nov. 2012 –

March 2015

University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Visiting Research Associate Professor. Conducted research on how graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields learn to research and write for publication within their disciplinary norms. June 2012 -

May 2013

University of South Carolina

Assistant Vice President for the Office of Research and Graduate Education.

Re-conceptualized and implemented university wide training programs for all graduate students at the university (approximately 800 per year) in order to accelerate research skill development and support initial teaching experiences.

Jan. 2011-

June 2012

Associate Dean of the SC Honors College.

Management of the proposal review process, awarding and tracking of all undergraduate research projects spanning all disciplines for the College. Advisement and support of all pre-med and pre-vet students producing acceptance rates into medical and veterinary programs above 80% (national acceptance rates average 50%). Representation of the College at local, state and national levels to maintain ranking of the SCHC as the top Honors Program in the nation.

July 2008 –

Jan. 2011

Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Biological Sciences.

Produced and managed entire course schedule for the department

(approximately 7000 FTEs per year). Coordinated academic advisement assignments for all biology majors (approximately 1000 students). Personally advised 80-100 majors per semester. Managed staff of undergraduate office and provided support for all teaching activities of the department. Dec. 2002 –

August 2007

Coordinator of Introductory Biology Laboratories.

Redesigned, created and implemented course curricula to deepen development of scientific reasoning and writing skills for cohorts of up to 800 students per semester. Trained and supported teaching assistants for the Introductory courses (20-40 per semester). Additional professional roles included editorial board service for numerous professional journals and textbooks.

Dec. 2001 –

June 2003

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources,

Education Director.

Reformed and implemented six statewide programs for K-12 students to incorporate authentic scientific experiences and criteria including the Envirothon and Governor’s Institute for Natural Resource Conservation. June 1999 –

Nov. 2001


Between 2004 and 2013, in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, I wrote and was successfully awarded a total of $4.3 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation during a period when the rejection rate for proposals was close to 90%. My collaborative research program with colleagues from multiple disciplines resulted in dozens of conference presentations and I authored and co-authored 18 published papers in peer reviewed journals. These achievements demonstrate my significant writing and public speaking abilities as well as the ability to respond to requests for goal development, planning and implementation of programs to provide solutions or create knowledge from start to finish. These collaborative research projects and publications also demonstrate that I am an extremely effective team member. Documentation, citations and writing samples available upon request. LEADERSHIP

I have a diversity of leadership experiences from actively directing an office with a staff of approximately 30 professionals to more subtle types of leadership. For example, as when goals needed to be accomplished, but I lacked authority over resistant colleagues, I effectively persuaded and motivated them to enact reforms. I generally accomplish such change through identifying how to alleviate frustrations or challenges currently being faced. When in an active leadership role, I prefer a collaborative, inclusive team-based approach soliciting input from all members of the group. The expression of a diversity of perspectives across a group often results in more innovative or successful solutions and strategies. TEACHING

I have 20 years of experience teaching in higher education at both undergraduate and graduate levels and in providing professional development courses and workshops for pre-service and in- service educators. Course foci have included biological science, pedagogy of science teaching, the development of expertise, writing for disciplinary publication, synergies between teaching and research skill development and curriculum and instructional design. My student evaluations were always overwhelmingly positive, but included thanks for making the learning experience rigorous and challenging. Further details, syllabi, and course evaluations available upon request.

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