Dennis A. Casey, Ph.D.

 

Director of Education and Public Programs
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Career

  • Science Education Consultant (2017-present)
  • Former Director of Education and Public Programs, Virginia Museum of Natural History (2001-2017)
  • Former Adjunct Instructor, Hollins University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Baldwin College, Virginia Tech
  • Former Instructional Coach, Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (2014-2105)

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education - Natural Sciences, 1985, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 1998, Virginia Tech
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, 2001, Virginia Tech

Research Interests 

  • Education for social justice
  • Social constructivism
  • History and nature of science and technology
  • Earth systems science education

Community Service

  • First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, Elder
  • Friends of Wilson Park, Co-founder
  • Rotary Club of Martinsville, Past President
  • Southwestern Piedmont Master Naturalists, Former Advisor and Treasurer

Selected Grants

Virginia Institute for Integrative STEM-H Education (2013-2014). Principal Investigator and Project Leader. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

Martinsville Henry County Community Nature Initiative (2008-2013). Project Director. Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.
 
Virginia Science Institute for STEM Education (2011). Principal Investigator and Coordinator. Virginia Department of Education.

Virginia Science Standards Institute (2001-2010, 2012). Principal Investigator and Coordinator. Virginia Department of Education.

Professional Experience
  • Elected National Science Teachers' Association Council, Director, District VIII, (2015-2018)
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science Unconference (2014)
  • National Congress on Science Education, National Science Teachers Association , Virginia Association of Science Teachers Representative, (2014)
  • Web Administrator, Virginia Junior Academy of Science (2013-present)
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science Corps Member (2012-present)
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science Unconference (2012)
  • JOIDES Resolution Ship to Shore School of Rock (2012)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Virginia Science Education (2006-present)
  • Virginia Master Naturalist Program Executive Committee Member (2005-present)
  • Virginia Resource Use Education Council Member (2001-present)
  • Web Administrator, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (1994-present)
  • Virginia Education Technology Advisory Committee (2005-2007) 
  • Technology Strand Coordinator, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (2006)
  • Virginia Cave Board Education Committee (2005-2008)
  • Informal Education Representative Program Committee, National Science Teachers Association Eastern Area Convention (2004)
  • Reviewer Enhanced Scope and Sequence Earth Science, Virginia Department of Education (2004)
  • Governor's Environmental Education Advisory Committee (2001-2002)
  • Senior Research Associate, Virginia Museum of Natural History at Virginia Tech (2000)
  • Reviewer, Earth Science Content Chair,Special Award Judge, Virginia Junior Academy of Science (1999-present)
  • Virginia Tech Excellence in Education Review Panel (1999)
  • Virginia Tech College of Human Resources and Education Graduate Council (1999)
  • Instructor and Webmaster, The Geological and Biological Change and the Nature of Science Institute for Middle and High School Teachers, Virginia Tech (1999)
  • Science and Technology Consultant, Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education (1998-2000)
  • Instructor, Elementary Science Methods Course, Virginia Tech (1998)
  • Matching Praxis II Subject Assessments to Virginia Licensure Regulations Committee (1998)
  • Science Education Program University Mentor, Virginia Tech (1997-2000)
  • Virginia Science Standards of Learning Assessment Committee (1996-1999)
  • Eisenhower Grant Review Committee (1995-1996)
  • National Science Teachers Association Chapter and Affiliated Groups, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Representative, Colorado Springs, CO (1994)
  • Virginia Science Standards of Learning Writing Committee, Earth Science, Chemistry (1994, 2011)
  • Virginia Science Textbook Evaluation and Textbook Adoption Committees (1994, 2011)
  • President-elect, President, Past President, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (1994-1996)
  • Outdoor Adventure Instructor, Roanoke County Parks and Recreation (1991-1995)
  • Founding Member, Treasurer, Vice-president, President, Blue Ridge Association of Science Teachers (1988-1993)
  • Astronomy and Oceanography Instructor, Roanoke County Schools Summer Gifted Program (1987-1992)
  • Earth Science Teacher, Roanoke County Schools. County Science Fair Coordinator, Peer Mediation Sponsor, Student Assistance Program Sponsor, Science Club Sponsor, Video Production Sponsor (1985-1997)

Awards and Honors 

  • Activate Martinsville Henry County Healthy Business Award, Community Nature Initiative (2009)
  • Programs That Work Award, Virginia Science Standards Institute, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (2009)
  • Inducted Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Graduate President, Virginia Tech (2000)
  • Virginia Association of Science Teachers Special Award for Outstanding Service to Virginia Science Education (1999)
  • Inducted Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, Virginia Tech Chapter (1999)
  • Inducted Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Virginia Tech (1998)
  • Virginia Association of Science Teachers Earth Science Award for Outstanding Contributions to Virginia Science Education (1996)
  • Virginia Department of Education Math and Science Scholarship Recipient (1983-1985)

Licenses, Certifications, and Endorsements

  • Information Security Certification, Commonwealth of Virginia (2015)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certification (2016)
  • Postgraduate Professional License. Earth and Space Science, General Supervision, Virginia Department of Education (2007)
  • Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment Trainer
  • NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification

Selected Papers, Publications, Courses, and Presentations

Casey, D. (2016). Using the NSTA Learning Center as a tool for professional development. Kentucky Science Teachers Annual Conference, Lexington, KY.
   
Casey, D. and Deatherage, C. (2015). Answering a public call: Designing a sustainable homeschool education program at a natural history museum. Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
   
Casey, D. (2014). Visit the Virginia Museum of Natural History Without Leaving Your Classroom. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Roanoke, VA.   

Casey, D. (2013). Fun with Fossils. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Norfolk, VA.

Casey, D. (2013). Launch of the new Virginia Museum of Natural History adventure classroom. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Norfolk, VA.

Casey, D. (2013). What are VAST's online resources and how can I contribute?Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Norfolk, VA.
 
Casey, D. (2013). Explore the new Virginia Museum of Natural History web-based watershed resource: "Follow the Rain." Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Norfolk, VA.

Casey, D. (2012). Professional development for elementary teachers: The Virginia science institute for stem education. Presentation, National Science Teachers Association STEM Expo & Forum, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Casey, D. and Hairston, G. (2012). Building a museum STEM education program from the ground up. Presentation, National Science Teachers Association STEM Expo & Forum, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

   

Alternative energy (2011, November). Moderator for panel discussion, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Roanoke, Virginia.

Casey, D. (2011). Behind the scenes at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Field trip, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Roanoke, Virginia.

Casey, D. and Walton, S. (2010). Hampton Roads classroom outreach science education programs. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Hampton, VA.

Casey, D. (2010). Virginia science standards institute: A model pd experience. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Hampton, VA.

Upper Elementary Science Institute. Courses taught through Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education (July, August 2010).

Casey, D. (2009). Establishing a local community nature initiative. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Herndon, Virginia.

Casey, D. (2009). The past, present, and future of Fort Monroe. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute, Herndon, Virginia.

Upper Elementary Science Institute. Course taught through Mary Baldwin College Masters of Arts in Teaching Program (August 2008).

Trout in the Classroom. Course taught through Mary Baldwin College Masters of Arts in Teaching Program (July 2008).

Virginia's State Parks: Your Backyard Classrooms. Mountain (2003) and Piedmont (2008) Editions: Project Coordinator.

Casey, D. Interpretation and exhibit design (2007). Presentation for Interpretation class in Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, VA.

Casey, D., Sharp, L. (2007). GLOBE Hydrology Protocols. Shortcourse, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, VA.

Casey, D., Sharp, L. (2004). GLOBE Hydrology Protocols. Shortcourse, National Association of Science Teachers Eastern Area Convention, Richmond, VA.

Casey, D. (2004). Hydrology for teachers. Presentation, Earth Science Core Content Academy, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Casey, D., Sharp, L. (2003). Introduction to GLOBE. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science teachers Annual Professional Development Institute, Portsmouth, VA.

Casey, D., Sharp, L. (2002). Integrating GLOBE with other environmental education programs in Virginia. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute, Richmond, VA.
    
Casey, D. (2002). Dinosaur digs, fossil hunting, and geology opportunities. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Regional Conference, Roanoke, VA.
   

Casey, D. (2001). Virginia Museum of Natural History resources that support the Virginia standards of learning. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute , Richmond, VA.

Apple, T., Deatherage, C., & Casey, D. (2001). Forest follies. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute , Richmond, VA.

Casey, D., & Glasson, G. (2001, March). Graphing calculator-based technology in an "alternative" science classroom: An anthropological perspective. Paper presented, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, St. Louis, MO.

Glasson, G., Bentley, M., & Casey, D. (2000, March). Teaching evolution and the nature of science: Learning about contemporary scientific theories and research. Paper presented, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, LA.

Saurino, D., Bentley, M., Glasson, G., & Casey, D. (2000). Urban and rural students collaborate: Video teleconferencing technology in science teacher preparation. Science Education International, 11(3), 19-25.

Casey, D., Glasson, G. (1999). Teaching about geological and biological change and the nature of science. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.

Casey, D., Glasson, G. (1999). Using web-based and probeware technologies to teach geological and biological change and the nature of science. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.

Casey, D. (1999). Graphing calculator-based technologies: Tools for interdisciplinary teaching. Paper presented, Mid-Atlantic Association of Educators of Teachers of Science, Lake Lure, NC.

Glasson, G., Bentley, M., & Casey, D. (1999). Summer institute on evolution and the nature of science. Paper presented, Mid-Atlantic Association of Educators of Teachers of Science, Lake Lure, NC.

Bentley, M., Glasson, G., & Casey, D. (1999). Designing an inservice institute on teaching geological and biological change and the nature of science for middle and high school teachers. Presentation, Virginia Academy of Science.

Saurino, D., Bentley, M., Glasson, G., & Casey, D. (1999). Preparing science teachers using distance learning: Urban and rural students collaborating using video teleconferencing technology. Paper presented, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Boaton, MA.

Bentley, M., Soares, D., Casey, D., & Hicks, D. (1999). Field studies as a context for student collaboration in preservice secondary science education. Presentation, First Annual Blue Ridge Symposium, Roanoke, VA. 

Soares, D., Casey, D., & Hicks, D. (1998). Pre-service teacher integration: Using Explore Park for integrating science, math, and social studies standards. Presentation, Team Building for Integration of High School Academics and Vocational Education Conference, Blacksburg, VA. 

Casey, D. (1998). Exploring the TI-83 graphing calculator, cbl, and associated probeware. Instructor Montgomery County Secondary Science Workshop. 

Casey, D. (1997). Teacher professional growth and personal development. Keynote address, National Teacher Training Institute Regional Conference. Roanoke, VA.
   
Casey, D. (1995). Using the internet in the science classroom. Presentation, Virginia High Schools That Work Conference. Roanoke, VA.

Casey, D., Catron, L., Kelly, R., Meador, B., Semones, B., Ward, B., & Haddad, J. (1994). Air quality: An optimal solution. Teaching Environmental Economics Concepts and Strategies. Virginia Council on Economic Education. Richmond, VA.

Casey, D. (1992). Chesapeake Bay Foundation programs: From the Virginia watershed to the Bay islands. Presentation, Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference. Roanoke, VA.