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                                     Christopher L. Atchison
                            Assistant Professor, Geoscience Education
                       Department of Geosciences, Georgia State University
                  455A Sparks Hall, P. O. Box 4105, Atlanta, GA 30302-4105 USA

            Office: 404.413.5789 | Email: catchison@gsu.edu | Web: www.catchison.com


EDUCATION

2011   Doctor of Science Education
       The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
       Dissertation: The significance of access: Students with mobility impairments constructing
       geoscience knowledge in field-Based learning experiences

2004   Master of Science in Geology/Education
       Wright State University, Dayton, OH
       Summa cum Laude
       Thesis: Tools for everyday approaches to science: A model curriculum of magnetism and
       technology for the middle school student

2002   Bachelor of Science in Geology
       Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2002   Associate of Science in Physics
       Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

RESEARCH/TEACHING INTERESTS

   •   Geology: Geoscience education, speleology, alternative field experience, diversity issues
   •   Technology: Immersive learning environments, distance learning, multiple representation
   •   Teacher Education: Science/Technology methods, constructivism, qualitative methods

RESEARCH FUNDING

   Stredney, D., Atchison, C. L., Price, A. & Irving, K. E. (2010). OEDG Track 1: Expanding
       Geoscience Diversity through Simulated Field Environments for Students with Physical
       Disabilities. NSF 10-599 #1108127, Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the
       Geosciences, National Science Foundation. ($202,990.00).

   Atchison, C. L. (2010). Ohio STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA). In-kind funding in support of the
      Alternative Field Environments for Non-Traditional Students project. ($10,480).

   Atchison, C. L., Price, A. & Stredney, D. (2009). OEDG Planning Grant: Expanding Geoscience
      Diversity: Alternative Field Environments for Non-Traditional Students. NSF GEO #0939645,
      Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the Geosciences, National Science Foundation.
      ($39,980.00).
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PUBLICATIONS AND MANUSCRIPTS

   Atchison, C.L. (2011). The significance of access: Students with mobility impairments constructing
      Geoscience knowledge through field-based learning experiences. (Doctoral Dissertation). Ohio
      State University, Columbus, OH.

   Atchison, C.L. & Feig, A.D. (2011). Theoretical perspectives on constructing experience
      through alternative field-based learning environments for students with mobility impairments. In
      A. D. Feig & A. Stokes (Eds.), Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research.
      Geological Society of America Special Paper 474, p. 11-21, doi: 10.1130/9780813724744

   Atchison, C.L. (2004). Tools for everyday approaches to science: A model curriculum of
      magnetism and technology for the middle school student (Unpublished master’s thesis). Wright
      State University, Dayton, OH.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Peer Reviewed
   Atchison, C. L. (2011). Addressing the needs of students with mobility impairments in geoscience
       field-based learning environments. Presentation at the 2011 Association for Science
       Teacher Education International Conference, Minneapolis, MN, January 19-22. Available online
       at: http://theaste.org/meetings/2011conference/ASTE%202011%20Completed%20Program.pdf

   Atchison, C. L. (2010). Geoscience field experiences and the inclusion of students with mobility
      impairments. Presentation at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting,
      Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5. Denver, CO, October 31-November 3.
      Available online at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/abstract_182272.htm

   Brewer, J. & Atchison, C. L. (2010). STEM field education: Increasing interest among students
      with disabilities through geoscience education. Presentation at the Geological Society of
      America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5. Denver, CO,
      October 31-November 3. Available online at:
      http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2010AM/finalprogram/abstract_181384.htm

   Atchison, C. L. (2010). Mobility impaired students’ perceptions of field-based learning
      experiences. Paper presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Science Teacher Educators
      (ASTE) Regional Conference, Johnson City, TN, September 24-25. Program found online at:
      http://ma-aste.org/ma-aste/Program.html

   Atchison, C. L. (2009). Innovative, alternative field opportunities for students with mobility
      impairments. Presentation at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting,
      Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 4, No. 7, p. 384. Portland, OR, October 17-22. Available online
      at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009AM/finalprogram/abstract_162471.htm

   Atchison, C. L. (2008). First-year success: Ohio’s online teacher induction program. Poster
      presentation at the 2008 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)
      International Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 3-7. Available online at:
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       http://www.aace.org/conf/site/sessions/index.cfm/fuseaction/PaperDetails?CFID=5284819&CFT
       OKEN=87733132&presentation_id=34955

   Atchison, C. L. & Weissmann, T. (2008). First-year success: Ohio’s online teacher induction
     Program, year one. Presentation at the 2008 eTech Ohio Educational Technology
     Conference, Columbus, OH, February 4-6.

   Atchison, C. L. & Ochs, L. (2008). Helping individual school districts succeed with specialized
      professional development. Presentation at the 2008 eTech Ohio Educational
      Technology Conference, Columbus, OH, February 4-6.

   Atchison, C. L. & Ochs, L. (2007). More than just convenient professional development.
      Presentation at the 2007 eTech Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Columbus, OH,
      February 5-7.

   Atchison, C. L. (2004). Tools for everyday approaches to science: A model curriculum of
      magnetism and technology for the middle school student. Geological Society of America (GSA)
      Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 14. Denver, CO, November 7-10.
      Available online at: http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2004AM/finalprogram/abstract_73828.htm

Panel Presentations
   Atchison, C. L., Ochs, L. & Rowley, J. (2007). Specialized, district-wide, online professional
       development. Panel presentation at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Ohio
       Instructional Technology Association (SOITA) Annual Conference, Dayton, OH, December 4-6.

   Atchison, C. L., Weissmann, T., Apolito, B. & Ritter-Hall, L. (2007). Ohio’s online entry year
      teacher program. Panel presentation at the 2007 eTech Ohio Educational Technology
      Conference, Columbus, OH, February 5-7.

Poster Presentations
   Atchison, C. L. (2011). Geologic field experience for students with mobility impairments. Poster
      presentation at the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability Conference.
      Columbus, OH, May 4-5.

   Atchison, C. L. (2009). The effect of experience on the conceptual understanding of cave geology.
      Poster presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Science Teacher Educators
      (ASTE) Regional Conference, Portsmouth, OH, September 18-19. Program found online at:
      http://ma-aste.org/2009_OH/MA_ASTE_Fall_2009/Program.html

Invited Presentations
    Atchison, C. L. (2010). Swallowed by a sinkhole! Invited presentation for the Diversability U
        summer disabilities camp at Wright State University, Dayton, OH, July 20, 2010.

   Atchison, C. L. (2009). Geology. Invited interview for the Starting Wright Program webinar.
      Wright State University, Dayton, OH. March 10, 2009. Available online at:
      http://www.onlineconferencingsystems.com/wsu/031009/ (best viewed with Internet Explorer)

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   Atchison, C. L. (2008). Reducing the fear of using educational gaming in the classroom. Invited
      presentation for the PBS Games in Education Videoconference, PBS 45 & 49, Kent, OH, May
      23, 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

   •   Ohio Professional Teaching License, Earth Science 7-12

COURSES TAUGHT

Georgia State University                                                        Atlanta, GA
   • Geological Sciences (GEOL) 1121K, Introductory Geosciences I
   • Integrated Sciences (ISCI) 2001, Integrated Sciences I: Life/Earth

Ohio State University                                                       Columbus, OH
   • Education Teaching & Learning (Ed T&L) 636, Advanced Methods in Teaching Secondary
       School Science (Winter 2010)
   • Earth Science (ES) 583, Field Geology of the Appalachian Mountains (Spring 2010)
   • Education Teaching & Learning (Ed T&L) 750, Fundamental Ideas of School Technology
       (Summer 2010)

Wright State University                                                     Dayton, OH
   • Earth and Environmental Science (EES) 199 Introduction to Cave and Karst Geology (Spring
       2010)
   • Physics/Science and Mathematics (SM) 145 Foundations in Problem Solving and Scientific
       Literacy (Spring 2002)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011- Present Georgia State University                                          Atlanta, GA
   Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education

2010-2011    Ohio Supercomputer Center                                          Columbus, OH
   Graduate Assistant
   • Conduct activities and collect data on the Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the
      Geosciences (OEDG) Planning Grant: Expanding Geoscience Diversity: Alternative Field
      Environments for Non-Traditional Students. NSF GEO #0939645.

2010           Ohio State University, School of Education and Human Ecology Columbus, OH
   Assistant Instructor
   • Assistant Instructor for Ed T&L 636, Advanced Methods in Teaching Secondary School Science
      (Winter 2010)
   • Assistant Instructor for Earth Science 583, Field Geology of the Appalachian Mountains (Spring
      2010)
   • Instructor and course designer for EES 199, Introduction to Cave and Karst Geology (Spring
      2010, taught at Wright State University)

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   •   Co-Instructor for Ed T&L 750, Fundamental Ideas of School Technology (Summer 2010)

2010          Ohio State University, School of Education and Human Ecology Columbus, OH
   University Supervisor – M.Ed. Program
   • Supervise M.Ed. students engaged in field experiences and student teaching in middle school and
      high school placements in urban, rural, and suburban environments
   • Conduct periodic classroom observations of student interns, led conferences between interns and
      mentor teachers, provide feedback on lesson planning and various assignments, lead weekly
      reflective seminars, and assess interns’ weekly assignments

2008-2009       Ohio Supercomputer Center                                        Columbus, OH
   Instructional Designer, Educational Technology
   • Project manage the instructional design and development of online courses and training materials
       for the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science
   • Research of instructional design theory and practice of online content delivery and effective
       online learning strategies
   • Maintain project consortium with nine individual colleges and universities in the State of Ohio
   • Seek funding and write grants pertaining to geoscience education research aligning to OSC
       initiatives
   • Instructional design, distance learning course consultant for the Byrd Polar Research Center, ES
       580Y, Standards Based Earth Science Education: Global Climate Change

2006-2008      eTech Ohio                                                        Columbus, OH
   Educational Technology Consultant
   • eLearning Project Manager and Team Leader.
   • Project Manager for Ohio SCORES Project, Ohio Entry Year Teacher (EYT) Program, Ohio
      Mathematics Academy Project (OMAP) Self-Paced, INFOhio Resources, Ohio Assistive
      Technology Distance Learning Project (OATDLP) and others.
   • Responsible for developing the eLearning program yearly budget and monthly budget and
      program reporting.
   • Work with outside technology vendors providing services for online course development.
   • Experience in Blackboard, WebCT, Carmen, Sakai, Moodle, and PLATO learning management
      environments.
   • Oversee project development of new online professional development courses and manage
      nearly 60 current online courses.
   • Troubleshooting and content editing within learning management systems during online course
      deployment.
   • Graduate administrator for Ashland University, Cleveland State University, Findlay University,
      Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College and University of Cincinnati.
   • Responsible for grade reporting for participants seeking graduate credit on all online professional
      development courses.
   • Staying abreast and reporting on current distance learning research and current technologies
      used.
   • Provide trainings and presentations on distance learning and current eLearning program
      initiatives.
   • Evaluate various proposals for technology grant awards.
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2004-2006     eTech Ohio – Independent Contractor                                 Columbus, OH
   Subject Matter Expert
   • Provided and designed earth science content in a standards based educational format using
      Blackboard computer-based technology for the online Ohio Science Institute (OSCI) in Earth
      Science.
   • Assisted in the overall instructional design process to create an online course utilized for the
      professional development of teachers to be highly qualified in science.

   Online Course Facilitator
   • Responsible for set-up, technical support, facilitating and encouraging communication through
      discussion boards and email, monitor course attendance, assessment, and completion of the Ohio
      Science Institute (OSCI). This program offers graduate credit from a host of institutions.
   • Applied geologic knowledge and conceptual understanding to promote an interest in content
      discussion with course participants.

2004        Montgomery County Educational Service Center                       Dayton, OH
   Web Course Designer
   • Authored Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) Science Intervention Online Course.
   • Provided content for science intervention course on the Miami Valley Interactive Distance
     Learning (MVIDL) telecommunity.
   • Developed content pages for course using MOODLE web-course design.

2003-2004     Ohio Department of Education                                      Columbus, OH
   Course Instructor
   • Lead instructor for Ohio Science Institute (OSCI) in Physical Science for Region 4.
   • Developed inquiry-based lessons for a weeklong institute, providing regular and special
      education teachers content and strategies for implementing standards based physical science
      lessons in the classroom.
   • Responsible for scheduling two additional follow-up days needed for assessment strategies,
      evaluations and graduate credit completion requirements.

2003-2006      Northridge Local Schools                                          Dayton, OH
   8th Grade Science Teacher
   • Responsible for implementing science curriculum using standards based instruction, monitoring
       student progress and achievement, developing and implementing lessons, aligning curriculum,
       using data to drive instruction.
   • Instituted middle school science club, having students participate in my master’s thesis research
       that provided them the opportunity to learn higher- level geophysics concepts and use state of the
       art technology at Sunwatch Indian Village.
   • Instituted in-district science outreach program with the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery at
       Sunwatch Indian Village.
   • Participated in Intervention Assistance Team and Discipline Committee.
   • Assisted in the reorganization of the power indicators and essential questions in science grades 6-
       8 to encompass all ODE standard requirements of vertical alignment.
   • Tutored 8th grade students in math to prepare for the Ohio Achievement Test.
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   •   Developed and presented educational outreach programs to an area Montessori school.
   •   Head Varsity Wrestling and Middle School Track Coach

2003-2002    Lifeskills Center of Middletown                                  Middletown, OH
   Secondary Science/Math Teacher
   • Responsible for the completion of secondary academic requirements in the areas of math and
      science using PLATO computer based instruction for students ranging from 16-23 years of age.
   • Tutored students for 9th grade proficiency test.

2002          Wright State University                                           Dayton, OH
   Adjunct Physics Instructor
   • Taught “Foundations in Problem Solving and Scientific Literacy” in the Physics Department for
      the spring 2002 quarter.
   • Led first and second year education students through a cooperative, inquiry-based physics lab.
   • Responsible for content presentation, assessment, and reporting of grades to the Physics
      department.

2001-2000     Sinclair Community College                                       Dayton, OH
   Physics Tutor
   • Tutored students in the Physics Resource Lab in areas from conceptual to calculus-based
      Physics.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

   •   Secretary/Treasurer, GSA Geoscience Education Division (GED), 2009-2011
   •   Journal of Geoscience Education, manuscript reviewer, 2011
   •   Geological Society of America Topical Session Chair, 2011
   •   Geological Society of America Field Trip Leader, 2011
   •   Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference
       proposal reviewer; 2010, 2011
   •   Association of Science Teacher Education (ASTE) national conference proposal reviewer; 2008
   •   eTech Ohio State Technology Conference proposal reviewer; 2007, 2008
   •   Judge – Ohio State Science Fair Governor’s Award for Environmental Protection, 2007; Earth
       and Space Science, 2008
   •   Ohio Science Institute (OSCI) Leadership Trainer for Earth and Physical Science, 2004-2005

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS

   •   Founder, Acting Director, International Advisory for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
   •   Geological Society of America (GSA), Member since 2004
   •   National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), Member since 2007
   •   American Geophysical Union (AGU), Member since 2008
   •   National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Member since 2008
   •   Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), Member since 2009
   •   Board of Governors, Children’s Dyslexia Center, Dayton, OH, Member since 2009

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  •   SPSS Quantitative Data Analysis Software Training, 2009
  •   nVivo Qualitative Data Analysis Software Training, 2008
  •   Sense-Making Interviewing, 2007
  •   Sakai Content Management System (CMS) Training, 2007
  •   Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) Training, 2006
  •   Environmental Science for Elementary Teachers, Geologic Field Work, 2005
  •   Project Wild Certification, 2005
  •   Baldrige Training, Classroom Assessment and Data Analysis Training, 2004
  •   Ohio Science Institute (OSCI) Instructor Training, 2004
  •   Making Standards Work, Academic Content Standards Training, 2003
  •   Big Ideas and Essential Questions, Classroom Instruction Training, 2003




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