Principal Investigator (PI) Paul Yoder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Program Coordinator of Secondary
Education. Dr. Yoder holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia.
Having previously taught in the Harrisonburg City Public School (HCPS) district, Dr.
Yoder is intimately familiar with the requisites of teaching in a high-need LEA and
has long-established relationships with HCPS personnel. As PI, Dr. Yoder has overall
project management responsibility; coordinates recruitment, selection, and monitoring
of scholars; and liaises with NSF, the project evaluator, and the project team. Paul
serves as an education faculty mentor and organizes meetings and dissemination efforts.
He also maintains and distributes a list of the high-need districts where scholars’
teaching commitment can be filled.
Co-PI Kristopher Schmidt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology: Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Simon Fraser
University (Burnaby, BC, Canada). Dr. Schmidt assists Noyce scholars in designing
and leading lab experiences for local high school students during the annual Shenandoah
Valley Biotechnology Symposium during spring break. Dr. Schmidt serves on the scholar
selection team, mentors and advises biology education Noyce scholars, and coordinates
with STEM teachers and leaders on the Biotechnology Symposium internships, STEM Academy
Summer Camp internships, and May teaching internships. Kris also participates in recruitment
and dissemination efforts.
Co-PI Daniel Showalter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics: Dr. Showalter holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Ohio University. Dr. Showalter serves on the scholar selection team, mentors mathematics education and computer science
education scholars, and coordinates with the lead math and computer science teachers
in HCPS. Daniel also participates in recruitment and dissemination efforts.
Co-PI Laurie Yoder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry:Dr. Yoder holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Michigan, and
completed post-doctoral work in ultrafast laser spectroscopy at UM. Dr. Yoder serves on the scholar selection team and as faculty mentor to chemistry education
scholars. Laurie participates in recruitment efforts and creation of recruitment materials,
assists with organizing monthly PLC meetings for scholars, and participates in dissemination.