Director of Education and Public Engagement
Tim has been a leader in STEM education for more than 20 years. His recent book, “Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education”, earned the 2014 Peter Lang Publishing Book of the Year. In addition, Tim has developed and led a range of programs focusing on astronomy and STEM-related education. He currently serves as PI on three NSF supported programs including, Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy, the Chile-US Astronomy Education Outreach Summit, and the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program.
Prior to his role with AUI, he served as an Einstein Fellow at NSF-EHR Division of Graduate Education, taught astronomy and earth sciences at the high school and college levels for more than 20 years, and served as K–12 Science Coordinator for Oil City Schools.
He has led numerous professional development programs throughout the United States and abroad, and has developed a variety of astronomy experiences for learners of all ages. His students regularly engaged in authentic astronomy research, and have been recognized throughout the scientific community for their discoveries.
Tim’s own contributions have been recognized through the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Educator Achievement Award, Tandy Technology Scholars Award, the Pennsylvania Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, PolarTREC, NITARP, TLRBSE, and numerous other STEM education awards and programs.
Tim also remains active within the amateur astronomy community, has directed numerous outreach efforts, and led several small-scale observatory design and construction projects. He holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, and a master’s degree in Science Education from Clarion University of PA.