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Robert Andrew Kolvoord


Work Address

Libraries and Educational Technologies

MSC 4116

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

540/568-2752

 

Education

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Bachelor of Arts in Physics with High Distinction, 1983

 

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Master of Science in Materials Science, 1985

 

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1990

 

Professional Experience

Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) (current)

Interim Director, School of Engineering

Professor (2003-present), Assoc. (1999 – 2003), Asst. Professor (1995-1999)

James Madison University

 

Academic unit head for new School of Engineering.

 

Faculty member in the Integrated Science and Technology program. Joint appointment with

College of Education in 2000. Co-creator of the Malta Sustainable Environmental Resources

Management Program (w/Dr. J. Miles). Co-supervised Malta 2006 Summer Study Abroad and

Supervised Semester in London, Spring 2008.

Selected Courses taught:

Analytical Methods I, II, III - lower division courses integrating calculus, physics,

statistics, and computing. I have participated in the design of AM I and II and led the course

team for AM II. With a colleague, I created a “lab leader” program to involve undergraduates

in teaching.

 

GIS and the Environment – a senior/graduate level seminar on the use of GIS in

Environmental Applications

 

Imagery and Data Display – a graduate level seminar on the use of data visualization

in education

 

Multimedia Industry - an upper division course in multimedia design and production.

 

Simulation and Modeling - an upper division course in discrete and continuous

modeling and simulation.

 

Data Visualization – senior seminar on data visualization tools and techniques,

including image processing and GIS.

 

Science of the Planets – introductory planetary astronomy for pre-service teachers.

 

Associate Dean of Educational Technologies, James Madison

University (1999)

Member of the senior management team of the Libraries and Educational Technologies

division with responsibility for distance learning program support, integration of educational

technology with curricula, support for faculty development, educational media production and

licensing, and coordination of technology resources in the colleges.

 

Director, CISAT Medialab (1996 - 1998)

Director of a multimedia production facility. Managed a staff of two professionals and 8-

10 student assistants in providing instructional technology design and support. Pursued

external funding for projects and develop innovative applications of educational technology.

 

Senior Research Associate, Univ. of Arizona (1994–1995)

Directed Hands-On Image Processing project funded by the Annenberg/CPB Math and

Science Project, managed curriculum development and publication, evaluated program

effectiveness in schools, and developed external funding opportunities for the Image

Processing for Teaching project

 

Associate Director, Center for Image Processing in Education (1992-1995)

Co-founder of the Center, managed financial affairs and directed outreach and

development efforts. Co-director of NSF-funded project in developing technology curriculum

 

Research Associate, University of Arizona (1990-1994)

Pursued original scientific research on planetary rings and planetary formation

Directed curriculum development and electronic outreach efforts, managed on-site

evaluation process, and mentored teachers for the Image Processing for Teaching project

 

Imaging Team Associate, Galileo Space Probe, NASA (1990-1992)

Performed data support and analysis tasks for the Galileo project as the spacecraft

completed its Earth-Moon and Asteroid Encounters

 

Grants Awarded

Principal Investigator, Hands-on Image Processing Project,

funded by the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Reform Project, $515,000, June 1993-

December 1996.

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Image Processing for Technological Education, funded by the

National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program, $1,250,000,

January 1995 - December 1997. Renewal funding of $700,000 for March 1997-February

1999.

 

Principal Investigator, Project VISM, Visualization in Science and Mathematics. Funded by

the National Science Foundation $766,288, May 1999-September 2002. No-cost extension

through Summer 2004.

 

Principal Investigator, Great Outdoors, Digital Indoors, funded by Eisenhower Professional

Development funds through the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, $40,000, July

2001- June 2002. Renewed for $50.459 for July 2002-June 2003. Renewed for $26,705 for

July 2003 – August 2004.

 

Co-Principal Investigator, NASA RISE at JMU: Contributions to a State Remote Sensing

Data Venter, $46,500 from NASA for 2002 activities.

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Project GRASP (subcontractor to Science Museum of Virginia –

M. Talaiver, PI). Funded by Virginia No Child Left Behind Funding, $33,646, August 2005

– August 2006.

 

Principal Investigator, National Center for Rural STEM Education. Funded by the United

States Department of Education, $297.300, October 2005 – September 2007.

 

Principal Investigator, Gordon Conference Mini-Grant on Data Visualization (with

colleagues at Northwestern Univ.), $5,000. October 2005 – June 2006.

 

Principal Investigator, Bridging the Valley. Funded by the National Science Foundation’s

STEM Talent Expansion program, $2,468,121, September 2008 – August 2013.

 

Principal Investigator, Gordon Conference Mini-Grant on Data Visualization (with

colleagues at Michigan Tech and Pacific (OR) Universities), $6,000. October 2009 – June

2011.

 

Principal Investigator, Video Case Studies of the Impact of GIS on Spatial Thinking.

Funded by Northwestern University (as a subcontract to National Science Foundation

funding), $25,035. January 2010 – August 2011.

 

Other Project Funding - Clean Cities CD-ROM directory. Funded by IRI, Inc. for the

United States for the Department of Energy $25,649, June 1996 - May 1997; Page County

Economic Development CD-ROM. Funded by Page County, VA $7,865. Nov. 1997 - Oct

1998; Harrisonburg City School Training Grant. Funded by the Harrisonburg City Public

Schools $12,500, January – December 1999, renewal funding for $19,255 for Jan. – Dec.

2000, renewal funding for 18,343 for Jan. – Dec. 2001.

 

Areas of Interest

Applications of Geospatial Tools to Education (curriculum development, professional

development and research on student spatial thinking skills)

Science and Technology Education (curriculum reform, applications of technology,

assessment, novel applications of computers, media, and networks to discipline-specific

education)

Scientific/Data Visualization (image processing, educational applications, modeling and

simulation)

Computing (educational applications , distance learning, visualization, numerical methods,

animation, simulation, image processing,)

Solar System Dynamics (planetary rings, orbital evolution, origin and evolution of the solar

system)

 

Awards

Echols Scholar, 1979-1983, University of Virginia.

Phi Beta Kappa, 1983.

Dupont Fellowship, 1983--1984, University of Virginia.

NASA Graduate Student Fellow, 1987-1990.

HIP Biology (Executive Editor) - Curriculum Administrator Top 100

HIP Biology (Executive Editor) - Technology and Learning Award for

Excellence

HIP Biology (Executive Editor) - Technology and Learning Software

of the Year Award

HIP for Educators (Executive Editor) - Technology and Learning

Software of the Year Award

Project Kaleidoscope Faculty of the 21st Century, Class of 1997

Named Outstanding Faculty Member by ISAT Class of 1999, 2003 and

an Outstanding Teacher by ISAT Class of 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005

College of Integrated Science and Technology Inaugural

Distinguished Service Award (2001)

Best Theory Paper (w/Mike Charles) at the Society for Information

Technology in Education 2001 Conference

Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Heidelberg Model

Schools Project, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, 2002.

JMU Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, 2003.

Provost’s Award for International Education, 2007

Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Outstanding non K-12 Science Educator, 2007

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Innovation in K-12 Education Award, 2007

Honorable Mention, Governor’s Award for Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Education,

2010

Virginia State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, 2011 Outstanding Faculty

Award, Teaching with Technology

 

Selected Publications

Kolvoord, R.A., J.A. Burns and M.R. Showalter (1990). Periodic features in Saturn's F ring: evidence for nearby moonlets. Nature 345, 695-697.

 

Executive Editor, HIP Physics Curriculum CD-ROM (1994). Published by Tom Snyder

Productions. Curriculum collection of image processing exercises for high school and college

Physics

 

Executive Editor, HIP Biology I and II Curriculum CD-ROM (1996). Published by the

Center for Image Processing in Education. Curriculum collection of image processing

exercises for high school and college Biology

 

Executive Editor, Hands-on Image Processing CD-ROM and Video (1996). Published by

the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project and the Center for Image Processing in

Education. Hypermedia tutorial and video for learning image processing applications in

education.

 

Executive Editor, HIP Mathematics (1998). Published by the Center for Image Processing in

Education. Curriculum collection for middle school mathematics.

 

Kolvoord, B. (1999). Data Visualization Tools for Science and Math.

The Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. Vol. 2(2), pp.

175-182.

 

Executive Editor, Biotechnologist (1999). Published by the Center for Image Processing in

Education. Curriculum collection for community college and college biotechnology classes.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. (1999). Focus Section on Current and Emerging Technologies – Get the Picture: Visualization Tools for Science and Math. Virginia Society for Technology in Education

Journal. Vol. 14(1), pp. 4-9.

 

Kolvoord, B. (1999). Data Visualization Tools for Science and Math. The Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations Vol. 2(2), pp. 175-182.

 

Charles, M. and R. Kolvoord (2001). Teacher’s stages of development In using visualization tools for inquiry-based science: The case of Project VISM. Proceedings of SITE 2001. Charlottesville, VA:

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

 

Malinowski, R., C. Klevickis, and R. Kolvoord (2001). Come See the Molecules – Using 3-D Modeling Programs to Learn Chemistry. Learning & Leading with Technology Vol 29(4), pp. 36-41.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. and K. Keranen (2004). GIS for K12 Critical Thinking: Developing Fire Risk Assessment Maps. Proceedings of the ESRI 2004 Education Users Conference. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

 

Klevickis, C, R.A. Kolvoord, K. Giovanetti, T. Daughtrey, S. Fairchild, M. Handley and D. Peterson (2004). First Steps toward Change in Teacher Preparation for Elementary Science. Submitted to the Journal for

Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Efforts. In press.

Kolvoord, R.A. and K. Keranen (2005). Spatial Thinking with ArcExplorer –Java Edition for Education: Applications for Grades 4-6. Proceedings of the ESRI 2005 Education Users Conference. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. and K. Keranen (2005). The ABC's of GIS: Applications for Upper Elementary Classrooms. Cutting Ed, Fall 2005, (Vol III-2), pp. 4-9.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. (2005). Introducing GIS to the Next Generation in the Virginia Geospatial Newsletter, Spring 2005 edition.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. (2007). The Geospatial Semester in the Virginia Geospatial Newsletter, Spring 2007 edition.

 

Kolvoord, R.A. (2007). Connecting Project-Based GIS Curricula with Secondary Students. Proceedings of the IGU/HERODOT Conference on Innovative Curriculum, London, England.

 

Keranen K. and R. Kolvoord (2008). Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

 

Keranen, K. and R. A. Kolvoord (2011). Making Spatial Decisions With GIS, 2nd Edition. ESRI Press, Redlands, CA.

 

Kolvoord, R., M. Charles and S. Purcell (2011). What Happens After the Professional Development: Case Studies on Implementing GIS in the Classroom. Chapter in Learning Science Through the Innovative Use of Geospatial Technologies Designing Effective Learning Tools and Programs for K-16 Settings. Barnett, Michael; MaKinster, James; Trautmann, Nancy (Eds.). Springer-Verlag. In press.

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