Outreach coordinator, chemistry
Is project director for the Purdue Instrumentation Project, a "loan" program for high-school chemistry and biology classrooms that takes science equipment/experiments to Indiana schools. Is project co-director for Operation Chemistry, a K-8 chemistry program for teachers.
Studies the role of collaborative problem solving in students' understanding of science concepts. Teaches courses about teaching biology at the elementary and secondary levels and the philosophy of science in science education.
Runs a biology resource center for students. Goes to high schools to discuss careers in biological sciences. Is particularly interested in recruiting minority students. Also helped design biology experiments to add to the Chemobile, Purdue's van that takes science equipment/experiments to Indiana schools. Founder and member of Indiana Association of Biology Teachers. Is a member of the Indiana Association of Developmental Education, the New York College Learning Skills Association and the Learning Assistance Association of New England.
Has published extensively about science education, particularly about science education reform and preparation of science teachers. Has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. Has studied energy education, metric education, gender equity in science education and science education for gifted children. Has been interviewed for numerous television and radio programs. Has served as gifted education consultant and science education consultant for many school districts, textbook publishers and museums, including the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Researches the relationship between student interactions, thinking and problem solving, and the construction of science knowledge by elementary and middle-school students. Specifically, studies how student interactions influence students' use of thinking skills, problem-solving strategies and the construction of scientific meaning. Is director of INLAB, a National Science Foundation-funded project that involves 30 mid-level Indiana science educators in an effort to improve laboratory teaching and develop alternative assessment methods for science teaching.
Oversees the School of Science's outreach program, an effort aimed at working with students and teachers in grades K-12 to improve science education.
Specializes in elementary mathematics education, specifically in teacher education and the interrelationship of teaching and learning mathematics in elementary school classrooms.
Researches the process of becoming an elementary science teacher by examining student teachers, beginning teachers and veteran teachers. Is interested in how children and adults learn science (or do not learn science) and how teacher preparation can be improved by this knowledge. Won a national science teaching award in 1988 and a Purdue award for innovative teaching in 1991.
Is an academic adviser for freshman engineering students. Has developed recruitment and retention programs for minority engineering students. Developed pre-college programs for minority students in grades 7-12. Has conducted workshops for junior and senior high school teachers.
Head, mathematics graduate program
Served as a member of the American Mathematical Society's committee on the advancement of underrepresented groups in mathematics and science.
Is a multicultural counselor. Has developed recruitment and retention programs for college and pre-college minority science students.
Director, Minority Access to Research Careers and
Access Internally for Minorities
Oversees programs that allow minority undergraduates to conduct summer research
in various areas at Purdue. Program started with nine students in 1980. Now, about
30 students participate each summer. Of the 528 participants through 1996, 283 have
received or were pursuing advanced degrees. Program has been copied at most other Big Ten
Has developed computer applications for research and teaching of biology and chemistry. Developed innovative multimedia computer programs to simulate experiments and illustrate complex science concepts. Programs are being used by high-school and college educators nationwide.
Runs largest program in the country to prepare graduate students interested in teaching chemistry at the college level. Is the author of more than 80 papers on research in chemistry or research in learning theory. Wrote 21 books or book chapters on these subjects. Studies how learning takes place among adults.
Is an author and reviewer for general chemistry texts. Has published articles on both chemistry and chemistry education. Served on national chemistry examination writing committee. Teaches remedial and general college chemistry.
Co-director, Technology Resources Center
Teaches courses in uses of computers in education. Works extensively with schools. Has published more than 20 articles related to research and applications of computers in education. Has written commercial software for education. Special areas of expertise include computer uses in science education; computer-based distance education; and instructional uses of interactive video and multimedia. Associate editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Assistant department head, curriculum and instruction
Researches the design, development and implementation of training programs and materials. Is particularly interested in the principles of adult education and the selection, use and evaluation of instructional media. Is studying the implementation of technology, especially computers, in middle and secondary schools.
Is the founding president of a national organization focusing on the recruitment and retention of women in engineering. Is the U.S. representative to international forums on gender equity and engineering. Has been a consultant to industry, government and educational institutions for the past 10 years. Was senior program officer for National Science Foundation Programs for Women and Girls.
Has developed computer graphics and software that help students better visualize physical concepts taught in undergraduate mechanics courses. Has won numerous teaching awards.
Dean, Schools of Engineering
Dean of Purdue's Schools of Engineering since 1995. Previously was head of the School of Electrical Engineering. As dean, he oversees the research and curriculum at one of the most distinguished engineering schools in the country, with more than 6,400 undergraduates and more than 1,800 graduate students. Purdue consistently has had the largest enrollment of women engineering students in the country (almost 1,500 in 1995), with the nation's largest student section of the Society of Women Engineers.
Head, School of Materials Engineering
Directs national effort to increase awareness of materials science and engineering as a career, especially among high-school and undergraduate students.
Has been named outstanding teacher in School of Science four times. Received national teaching award from Mathematical Association of America, 1993. Developed and taught a basic math course for future high-school teachers. Member of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.
Associate department head, physics
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Developed computerized physics laboratory used by more than 2,000 physics and engineering students per year. Member, American Association of Physics Teachers.
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