Jeffrey M. Priest, Ph.D.

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Director, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Associate Director, South Carolina Statewide Systemic Initiative
Professor of Biology, University of South Carolina at Aiken

EDUCATION

*Ph.D. in Zoology/Wildlife Ecology, August 1986, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
*M.S. in Science Education/Biology, March 1982, Florida Institute of Technology
*B.S. in Biology/Ecology, June 1980, Florida Institute of Technology

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

1998 - Present, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, South Carolina Statewide Systemic Initiative
1993 - Present, DIRECTOR, Central Savannah River Area HUB
1993 - Present, PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, University of South Carolina at Aiken
1988 - Present, DIRECTOR, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, University of South Carolina at Aiken
1986-87 - NON-GAME EDUCATION SPECIALIST, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
1982-86 - RESEARCH ASSISTANT, Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory, Southern Illinois University

PUBLICATIONS (selected)

Priest, J.M. (1995) National Science Standards...Who Cares? Ecology 101, Ecology. Vol 76, No. 1
March 1995
Senn, G.J. & J.M. Priest (1993) Computer Technology for Elementary and Middle Schools. Proceedings
of the 26th Annual Conference of the Association of Small Computer Users in Education, Myrtle Beach,
SC.
Priest, J. M. and G. Johnson (1990) Community SEED Blooms. Science and Children 27(6): 42.

CURRENT GRANTS AND AWARDS

Co-PI, Associate Director, South Carolina State Systemic Initiative, Phase 2, National Science Foundation, 1998-2003, $5.8 million

PI, Development of Model 3 year Staff Development Program to Enhance Science, Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, and Technology Education at the Elementary School Level Through the Use of Exemplary Materials and Classroom Restructuring SC CHE, 1996-99, $188,286.

Project Director, Scholarship Program for Increasing the Supply of Female and Minority Students in Environmental Waste Management and Remediation at USCA, SCUREF/DOE,1996-98, $20,000

Co-PI, South Carolina State Systemic Initiative, National Science Foundation, 1993-98, $9.7 million

Project Director, Natural Resources/Environmental Education Program, SCUREF/DOE, 1995-97, $616,000

PI, Development of Model 3 year Staff Development Program to Enhance Science, Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, and Technology Education at the Elementary School Level Through the Use of Exemplary Materials and Classroom Restructuring SC CHE, 1996-99, $188,286.

(Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator for over $7 million in grants since 1988)

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Since 1980, over 50 presentations at professional organization meetings such as Illinois Academy of Science, Midwest Fish and Wildlife Association, National Science Teachers Association, and Southeastern Association of Educators of Teachers of Science.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Ornithologists Union
American Society of Mammalogists
Wildlife Society
Association of Southeastern Biologists
National Science Teachers Association
Sigma Xi
(Membership in 6 other societies and organizations)

 


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