My professional life separates into three distinct categories. The college professor, the corporate quality trainer, and the education change agent.
In 1964, after receiving an MS in physics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, I received an appointment as assistant professor of physics at West Liberty University in West Virginia. I later became chairperson of the physics department, taught astronomy, intermediate physics, and took over the physical science course for students in the elementary teaching degree program. It was apparent these students were afraid of science and as the typical textbooks were clearly inappropriate, I discarded the book and created a new two-semester course sequence using an inquiry-based, hands-on science style of learning. The students responded well and as a result, I became interested in the problems of the psychology of learning and thinking. I began a doctoral program in educational psychology at West Virginia University receiving that degree in 1983.
An unexpected opportunity sent me off in a very new direction-becoming manager of the new computerized “Laboratory Information Management System” at the New Martinsville Plant of Mobay Chemical Corporation. During this time in New Martinsville, I volunteered with a Mobay chemist and a math professor at Bethany College, to create an experimental hands-on, after-school science program for all fourteen elementary schools in Marshall County, West Virginia. The success of this effort depended in part on receiving a coordinated set of grants, one from the US Department of Education and the other from the National Science Foundation. Mobay (subsequently known as Bayer MaterialScience) took notice of this after-school science program and transferred me to Pittsburgh as one of their Science Education Coordinators helping to guide the corporate science education outreach initiative called Making Science Make Sense. Bayer collaborated with the National Science Foundation and I became involved with the NSF “Local Systemic Change” initiative (introducing kit-based science teaching into school districts around the country). The partnership included associated programs sponsored by the National Sciences Resources Center of the National Academy of Science. Collaborating with all of these organizations allowed me to help teams of teachers and administrators gain several NSF grants (totaling six million dollars) that triggered a local systemic change initiative in the five counties of the northern panhandle of West Virginia and another grant for two counties around Charleston, South Carolina. My interest in problems of education continued at Bayer as a corporate trainer for Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, ISO certification, and Root Cause Analysis. I retired from Bayer in 2008 and ever since am devoting time to devising techniques for turning on the subconscious mind as an aid to the conscious brain in learning, teaching, and enhancing creativity. This effort culminated in writing a book applying Michael Polanyis tacit theory of knowledge to strengthening the intuitive parts of the mind.
- Second prize winner 1968 physics film competition held by the American Association of Physics Teachers.