Ph. D. Laurie Ferguson Ruberg
Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV
Center for Educational Technologies (1995 to present)
Associate Director: Project management, project coordination, strategic and planning.
Principal Investigator: NASA Explorer Schools Evaluation project; Mid-Atlantic Region
Space Science Broker (MARSSB) program; NASA Innovations in Climate Education.
Senior Instructional Designer: Lead designer for two NASA-funded curriculum
development projects: BioBLAST®, a software-based curriculum supplement for high
school biology classes, and the International Space Station Challenge, a web-based
Principal and Founder of PLANTS, LLC - a business formed (2013) to provide professional
scientific and technical services related to plant growth and food production processes.
Professional services include educational workshops, hands-on training, professional
development, and information assistance to promote sustainable agriculture practices.
CURRENT FUNDED DESIGN AND EVALUATION PROJECTS
- Manager, NASATalk.com, a Joomla-based content management system (2008-present).
- Principal Investigator, Exploring Global Climate Change Through Problem-Based
Learning, a two-year curriculum development project funded by NASA (2010-2012).
- Principal Investigator: Project Research and Evaluation, CDC/NIOSH/OMSHR Contract
254-2008-23745 with Wheeling Jesuit University (Oct 2011- May 2013).
- Evaluator, Mining and Industrial Safety Technology and Training Innovation (MISTTI)
project, CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement (Oct 2009 – Sep 2012).
- Evaluator, NASA Earth and Space Online “Missions” for High School Learners with
Accompanying Electronic Professional Development, NASA (Jun 2009 – May 2012).
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg (1988-1995):
College of Education, Instructional Systems Development
Research Associate: Research funded by NSF Undergraduate Course and Curriculum
Development, “Development and Assessment of a Multimedia Plant Science
Laboratory” NSF Curriculum Development Grant #92-2170-06. Dissertation research.
Self-Instruction Curriculum Lab Manager: Computer lab technical support staffing.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Interactive Design and Development Group
Research Associate/Assistant Project Director: Served as team leader for development of
Virginia Public Information Stations, a project funded by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and the Kellogg Foundation.
Human Services on Cable Inc., New Orleans (1985-1987)
Project Director: Served as program manager; provided leadership for the design and
planning of a distributed human service information system. Implemented activities with
support from a volunteer board of directors, community stakeholders, and local cable
sponsor. Secured grant support and corporate funding to support program.