Clients & testimonials

My past clients include:

External Evaluator

PhysTEC:  Physics Teacher Education Coalition II. (NSF-IUSE).  American Physical Society, Monica Plisch, 2016-present.

APS PROFESSIONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP:  Professional Skills Development Workshops for women, American Physical Society, 2016.

CS CONCEPT INVENTORY:  Infrastructure and Development of a Computer Science Concept Inventory for CS2 (NSF-IUSE), University of San Diego, Dr. Leo Porter, 2015-present.

NEW FACULTY WORKSHOP:  Enhancing STEM Learning through Faculty Development:  Discipline-Based Workshops and Faculty Learning Communities for Physics and Astronomy Faculty (NSF-TUES), American Association of Physics Teachers, Dr. Robert Hilborn, 2014-present.

PratherThe word that best describes Stephanie and her team is EXPERTS.  They are exceptional at evaluation methodology and providing insightful and professional reports that clearly identify a path for improving your program.  

– Edward Prather, University of Arizona (New Faculty Workshop)   

PERISCOPE:  Video Resource for Professional Development of University Physics Educators (NSF-TUES), Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Rachel Scherr, 2013-present.

Stephanie helps tune me in to what my project is supposed to be accomplishing and how we might measure that. She devises meaningful evaluation activities and carries them out thoroughly and professionally. I am grateful for her partnership!

– Dr. Rachel Scherr, Seattle Pacific University (Periscope)

McKaganStephanie is the best external evaluator and project manager out there. I’ve worked with many evaluators, and no one matches Stephanie’s ability to support large messy projects in staying organized and in communication, and to providingclear reports with insightful perspective on things that those of us on the project team don’t notice.  – Dr Sam McKagan, Director of Physport.org

IQ-BIOLOGY IGERT: IQ-Biology Graduate Training Program in quantitative biology (NSF-IGERT), CU-Boulder, Dr. Thomas Cech, 2011-2015.

IPLS CONFERENCE:  Introductory Physics for Life Sciences Conference (NSF-TUES), American Association of Physics Teachers, Dr. Robert Hilborn, 2014.

TEEN SCIENCE CAFÉ: Teen Science Café Network (NSF-AISL), Science Discovery, CU-Boulder Dr. Stacey Forsyth, 2013-2015.

ENGINEERING SCREENCASTS: LearnCheMe Screencasts and ConcepTests (NSF-TUES), CU-Boulder, Dr. John Falconer, 2013-2015.

ENGINEERING GAANNS: Graduate Assistance Program in Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (DoE GAANN), CU-Boulder, Dr. Robert McLeod, and Renewable and Sustainable Energy, CU-Boulder, Dr. Alan Weimer, 2013-2014.

ENGINEERING IGERT:   COSI Graduate Training Program in Computational Optics (NSF-IGERT), CU-Boulder, Dr. Rafael Piestun, 2009-2013.

CEAE WORKSHOPS:  Teaching Excellence Workshops (NSF-TUES), Center for Astronomy Education, U. of Arizona, Dr. Edward Prather, 2011

PHET:  Expanding PhET Simulations to Grades 4-8 (NSF-DRK12), CU-Boulder, Dr. Katherine Perkins, 2010-2013.

Writing and Editing

J-TUPP CASE STUDIES.  APS-AAPT, Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs (J-TUPP), College Park, MD · Dr. Bob Hilborn.  Researched and wrote case studies of thriving physics programs for national task force report.  https://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/jtupp.cfm2016.


heronStephanie assisted the Task Force by producing case studies of institutions that have developed innovative approaches to preparing students for diverse careers.  Her research and writing skills were well matched to this project, but her most important contribution was in synthesizing the results by identifying the unique features of the individual sites and to relating them to the larger themes of the report.

EDITORIAL BOARD.  PhysPort.org,  Seattle, WA · Dr. Sarah McKagan.  Reviewed website content aimed at physics teachers and provided editorial feedback.  2016.

VIRTUAL NEW FACULTY WORKSHOP and VIDEOS ON TUTORIALS.  PhysPort.org,  Seattle, WA · Dr. Sarah McKagan.  Filmed and produced virtual versions of the popular faculty workshop in physics.  Produced four short films about the use Tutorials in Introductory Physics, as well as two short introductory films for the website. https://www.physport.org/nfw/ and https://www.physport.org/recommendations/Entry.cfm?ID=933832015.

McKaganI learned when I tried that making a video requires a lot of skills in communication, production, and video editing that most scientists don’t have. Stephanie has a ton of experience in this area and is great at figuring out the essence of a project and walking you through the process of distilling that essence into a beautiful two-minute video that engages new users in your project. – Dr. Sam McKagan, director of Physport.org

MANUSCRIPT REVIEW.  Western Michigan University · Dr. Charles Henderson.  Reviewed guide, “Designing Educational Innovations for Sustained Adoption.”  http://www.increasetheimpact.com/. 2015.

I>CLICKER BLOG & WEBINARS.  i>clicker / MacMillan · James McNamee.  Provided webinars and blog posts on topics relevant to clickers and peer instruction. https://www1.iclicker.com/blog/.  2011-2016.

CIRTL MOOC PRODUCTION.  Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) · Dr. Derek Bruff.  Created online “learning goals” module, and oversaw production of “assessment” module for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on research-based teaching practices, including video content delivery and student assignments.  http://stemteachingcourse.org/2014.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONTENT REVIEW.  National Geographic TV · Dr. Paul Durbin.  Reviewed physics content for television shows, “Science of Stupid” and “None of Above.”  2013-2014.

LEARNING ASSISTANT MODULE.  Science Education Resource Center (SERC)  · Dr. Cathy Manduca.  Wrote a peer-reviewed online module about the use of Learning Assistants, with Valerie Otero.  http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/learning_assistants/index.html2012.

CURRICULAR REVIEW.  Lawrence Hall of Science SEPUP · Dr. Chris Keller.  Reviewed science content in lesson plans for K-12 science.  2012-2013.

PUBLIC SCIENCE WRITING.  JILA Communications Office, CU-Boulder  · Julie Phillips.  Wrote public-facing articles about scientific findings from JILA researchers.  2011.

PER PRESS RELEASES.  American Association of Physics Teachers ·  Physics Education Research Leadership Organizing Council.  Created outreach effort to generate press releases on physics education research.  http://www.compadre.org/per/press/.   2012. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GUIDE.  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics · Alex Griswold.  Created a teacher workshop guide to accompany an online course on Annenberg Learner, Physics for the 21st Century.  https://www.learner.org/courses/physics/.  2009-2010.

PODCAST PRODUCER.  National Science Digital Library · Susan Van Gundy.  Produced a monthly podcast on polar research for elementary teachers as part of the Beyond Polar Bears and Penguins project for the International Polar Year.   http://beyondpenguins.ehe.osu.edu/podcasts2009-2010.

Professional Development Services

PEDAGOGICAL WORKSHOPS:  Facilitated over 60 pedagogical workshops for faculty and K12 teachers on effective pedagogy, including use of personal response systems (“clickers”), backwards-design, assessment, and education research for a variety of clients, including:  University of California at Berkeley · i>clicker / MacMillan · Oregon State University · Duke University · University of DePauw · Middle Tennessee University · University of Oregon · Oregon Association of Physics Teachers · George Washington University · North Carolina A&T University · Sheridan County School District · CU-Boulder.

FACULTY DISCUSSION FACILITATOR   APS Department, CU-Boulder · Dr. Douglas Duncan.  Facilitated faculty conversations about course transformations and learning goals.  2012.

K12 COORDINATOR   Learn More About Climate, Outreach Office, CU-Boulder · Linda Molner-Kelley.  Created K-12 outreach programs and initiatives for the Office of University Outreach, focused on university resources related to localized impacts of climate change.  2012.