Lori Andersen, Ph.D. '13 has accepted a position with Kansas State University to serve as an assistant professor of science education. Lori was the 2012 recipient of the Armand J. and Mary Faust Galfo Education Research Fellowship which is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in the School of Education who demonstrates outstanding promise in educational research design through excellence in coursework in research design and data analysis; and also in one or more of the following categories: excellence in the design of her dissertation; helpfulness to fellow students and or faculty members in their research efforts; and helpfulness to fellow students in their coursework and research design and data analysis.
Lori completed her doctoral program in Gifted Education Administration. Lori has a passion for research and has published many papers. She has worked as the Assistant Editor of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and assisted in completing a program evaluation for a NASA Langley teacher professional development program. She was responsible for instrument development, data collection, data analyses, and reporting. During this past academic year she has been working with the Dean of Students office on a program evaluation for William and Mary's new suicide prevention program as well as being involved in the data collection and analyses for the Camp Launch grant research at the Center for Gifted Education. She devoted a great deal of time learning advanced statistical techniques while completing her dissertation.
Lori's studies at William and Mary helped her to launch a third career. Her first career was as a United States Naval Officer and she reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Lori's second career was as a high school physics teacher. She earned National Board Teacher Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Science in 2008. She hopes to integrate her prior experiences and the knowledge she gained while at William and Mary in her new career as a Science Teacher Educator.