Science educator Tom Lord is retiring from the IUP Department of Biology.
Tom Lord has been a dedicated professional in the classroom for nearly 40 years, not only working toward imparting the necessary content, but focusing on teaching his students how to think. He taught at several levels, including high school in New Jersey and in international settings (Frankfurt, Germany, and various locations in England) and in higher education at Uppsala College, Burlington County Community College, and here at IUP. Tom is renowned as an advocate for inquiry and constructivist techniques, holding offices and serving on panels of several national science education organizations during his tenure here.
Tom has been, and continues to be, actively involved in professional development activities and organizations at the local, state, and national levels. At the national level, he has held the offices of vice president and president of the Society for College Science Teachers, and recently served as one of just four members on the Leadership Team of the Alliance of Affiliates of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He is also the current director of the College Science Teaching committee for NSTA. He has also served local organizations as a member of the IUP Allegheny Arboretum board and the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center Steering Committee. Tom has been recognized for his achievements in increasing student understanding many times. Awards that acknowledge these contributions include Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Teaching Award, the IUP Teacher Institute Innovative Teaching Award, the IUP Distinguished Educator Award, and the National Association of Biology Teachers Teacher-Researcher Award. He has also been nominated for the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, offered by the Society for College Science Teaching.
Tom has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, including American Biology Teacher, Journal for College Science Teaching, Perceptual and Motor Skills, School Science & Mathematics, Mathematics in Schools, and Innovative Higher Education. Tom also coauthored Ferns and Fern Allies of Pennsylvania (distributed by Penn State Press) in 2006, Schoolyard Science: 101 Easy and Inexpensive Activities (through NSTA Press) in 2011, and a chapter in R.E. Yager’s 6th Exemplary Science Program Monograph in 2009 with Holly Travis. His written work also includes several books on the Lake George area of the Adirondacks, including Stories of Lake George, More Stories of Lake George, Still More Stories of Lake George, and Poems of Lake George. The Lake George books are used by many teachers as a valuable addition to ordinary classroom textbooks because they highlight unique aspects of the region.
Tom is continuing his work in field biology and science education while enjoying retirement in the Lewes, Delaware, region. He will be teaching courses through the University of Delaware branch campus nearby, and is looking forward to enjoying the unique bird and plant life in that area.
We wish Tom all the best for his retirement!
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