University of Northern Iowa
I am an Assistant Professor of Earth Science and Science Education at the University of Northern Iowa. My education spans both geology and science education. My background in geology includes an MS thesis in physical volcanology. For my dissertation in science education, I investigated differences in student responses to conceptest questions used in an introductory Earth science course. I have also worked as a project geologist for an international environmental firm, and taught middle school and high school science and math.
Currently I teach an introductory Earth science course for elementary education majors. My research centers on investigating better ways to teach Earth science concepts to pre-service teachers. Current projects include investigating how my course impacts student science teaching self efficacy, and designing inquiry-based lessons for the course.