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Ted Erski is an instructor of earth science, geography and energy studies at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois. With over twenty years of teaching experience, he remains committed to fostering a challenging yet caring environment where students are encouraged to become motivated self-learners, independent thinkers, and responsible citizens. His work in science education is a natural fit in this respect, because science demands logic, clarity of thought, and rigorous thinking. Ted recently completed building and teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled Fundamentals of Energy Resources, and he is currently building two additional MOOCs. When asked why, he replies that providing free, quality instruction to anyone in the world is his service commitment to our global community. In addition to his academic work, Ted serves as advisor to the Down to Earth student organization and is an active member of the Distance Education Team at McHenry County College.
Christine Pfund, PhD, is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). Dr. Pfund earned her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, followed by postdoctoral research in Plant Pathology, both at University of Wisconsin-Madison. For almost a decade, Dr. Pfund served as the Associated Director of the Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning and the codirector of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, helping to train future faculty to become better, more effective teachers. Dr. Pfund is now conducting research with several programs across the UW campus, including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Center for Women’s Health Research. Her work focuses on developing, implementing, documenting, and studying research mentor-training interventions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Dr. Pfund coauthored the original Entering Mentoring curriculum and coauthored several papers documenting the effectiveness of this approach. Currently, Dr. Pfund is coleading two studies focused on the impact of training on both mentors and mentees and understanding specific factors in mentoring relationships that account for positive student outcomes.
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