Sharon H. Walker,
Associate Dean for Outreach, Institute of
Sciences, J.L. Scott Marine Education Center & Aquarium, Biloxi Campus;
Administrator, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), J.L. Scott Marine
Education Ctr. & Aq. (MEC&A), Biloxi Campus; and Professor, Institute of
Marine Sciences Department of Coastal Sciences.
Ph.D. Science Education, University of Southern Mississippi,
M.S. Marine Science, Louisiana State University, 1976
B.S. Zoology, Millsaps College, 1967
1999 - present See current position listed above.
1998 - 1999 Program Director of Education for the
NOAA-National Sea Grant College ProgramCInteragency-Governmental Personnel
1997 - 1998 Administrator, MEC&A in Biloxi and IMSCAssociate
Director for Outreach.
1990 - 1997 Administrator, MEC&A, Biloxi, MS.
1988 - 1990 Coordinator of Educational Programs, GCRL at the
MEC&A, Biloxi, MS.
1984 - 1988 Marine Education Specialist, MASGC at the GCRL,
Ocean Springs, MS.
1984 - 1985 Educator-Communicator Intern, MASGC at the GCRL,
Ocean Springs, MS.
1978 - 1984 Advanced Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental
Marine Chemistry Teacher, Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs, MS.
Mississippi Academy of Sciences
National Marine Educators' Association
National Science Teachers' Association
Southern Association of Marine Educators
Mississippi Science Teachers' Association
Marine Technology Society
Walker, Sharon H. and Howard D. Walters. 1999. AIdentification of World
Education Materials in Conjunction With the National Sea Grant College
Programs HAZNET Effort@ in the Oceans >99 MTS/IEEE Conference Proceedings.
Vol. III, pp. 1158-1164.
Walker, Sharon H. and Kimberly Damon-Randall (Senior Editors) and
D. Walters (Associate Editor).
1999. A Resource Guide for Oceanography and Coastal Processes funded by
NOPP/ONR, NOAA-Sea Grant, CORE, USM-IMS, and MS=s DMR-TTF. Summer.
Walker, Sharon H. 1998. AA Precursor to The Consortium For
Students and Teachers (COAST)...OPERATION PATHFINDER: Oceanography and
Coastal Processes for Elementary, Middle School TeachersCProgram Reaches
Minority Students, Puts >AAAH= Into Ocean Education,@ Marine Technology
Society=s Oceans >98 MTS/IEEE Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2, pp. 326-336.
Walker, Sharon H. 1998. AOPERATION PATHFINDER Oceanography, Coastal
Processes for Elementary,
Middle School TeachersCProgram Reaches Minority Students, Puts >AAAH Into
Ocean Education,@ Current, NMEA Journal, Volume 15, Number 1, pp. 25-34.
Walker, Sharon H., R. Amanda Newton, and Alida Ortiz. March 1998.
Reefs: An English/Spanish
Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students funded by the U.S.
Department of State and The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Walker, Sharon H. and Rob E. Caylor (Sr. Editors) and Howard D.
and Johnette D. Bosarge (Assistant
Editors). 1996. Global Environmental Education Resource Guide For Middle
School Teachers funded by the National Science Foundation. Spring.
Walker, Sharon H. 1996. AOPERATION PATHFINDER Oceanography, Coastal
Processes For Elementary, Middle
School TeachersCProgram Teaches Minority Students, Puts >AAAH= Into Ocean
Education,@ Sea Technology. August. Volume 37, No. 8, pp. 35-41.
Walker, Sharon H. and Howard D. Walters. 1995. AModel Program For
and Girls: Mini-
Camps For Female Secondary Students,@ Marine Technology Society=s Oceans
>95 MTS/IEEE Conference Proceedings, Vol. II, pp. 863-870.
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Membership
Secretary, 1996-present; Marine Technology Education Chair, 1990-present;
Southern Regional Director for the BRIDGE, 1998-present; USM-Institutional
Review Board, 1999-present; Kids= Voting Board, 1997-present; Ocean
Springs School District Board Member, 1997-present; MSTA President
1998-2000; MS Governor=s Commission on Science and Technology as MSTA
President, 1998-2000; WWF-Marine Biodiversity Education Advisory Board,
1/1999-present; and Council for Environmental Education Advisory Board,
Interagency-Governmental Personnel Act with the National Sea
College Program, 8/1998-8/1999; Steering Committee Member for HBMSCU
AExpanding Opportunities Conference,@ 3/30-3/31-99; Co-Director f or the
MS Region VI Science and Engineering Fair, 1985-1998; MSTA
President-Elect, 1996-1998; USM Human Subjects Review Committee,
1990-1995; NMEA Secretary, 1987-1991; NMEA President-Elect, 1991-1992;
NMEA President, 1992-1993; NMEA Past President, 1993-1994; Seafood
Industry Museum Advisory Board 1988-1989 and 1990-1993; Seafood Industry
Museum President of the Board, 1989-1990; EPA Marine Litter Trash Task
Force, 1989-1995; USM Governance-Tenure Committee Member for IMS-COA, fall
1997-spring 1998; USM Provost Search Committee Member, 1/98-6/98; and USM
President Search Committee Member, 6/96-12/96.
Collaborators (Last 4 years):
Dan Brook & Charles Calvo (MSU); Mary Alyce Lach, Reid Riggle, and Mark
Bockenhauer (SNC); Howard Walters (MGCCC-JC); Robert Bacon (SCSG); Lundie
Spence (NCSU); Bruce Munson (UM); Sharon Meeker (UNH); Mike Spranger (UW);
Vicki Osis (UO); Bill Hall (UD); Bob Kent (UNY-SUNY); Beth Klein
(UNY-Cortland); and Al Miller and J. Lubner (UW-Madison).
Current Graduate Student Advisees:
Howard Walters and Rick Tinnin (Current) and Javier Rivera and
Hale (summer 2000).
Past Graduate Students (5 years): N/A
Current Undergraduate Students (1999-2000; MGCCC-JC):
Elizabeth Quave, Amy Preston, Israel Denham, Nicole Hously, Amanda Farnom,
Jessica Lynn Waits, Jennifer Trump, and Desiree Young.
Post-Doctoral Associate (Last 5 years): N/A
Dissertations and Thesis Directed: Committee Member for Howard
and Rick Tinnin.
Dr. Walker is currently PI on several education grants. She has led a
national teacher enhancement effort, COAST, funded by NOPP/ONR. Dr.
Walker is also currently involved in a Drifter Buoy educational project
funded by ONR, an informal AOn The Road@ effort for precollege students
funded by MS=s DMR and International Paper Company; a Natural Hazards
Materials project funded by the National Sea Grant College Program; and a
minority precollege/undergraduate effort funded by the Secretary of the
Navy. She has also been involved in global change, coral reef, and
oceanography and coastal processes Curriculum Development for precollege
teachers. These curriculum development efforts have been funded by NSF;
EPA and the Dept. of State; and the U.S. Navy, NOAA/OAR/Sea Grant/NESDIS
and the Dept. of Interior.
Dr. Walker has been the Administrator for MS=s State Aquarium for the
11 years. In this capacity, she has developed approximately ten informal
educational programs for preschool through elderhostel programs which are
self-generating and involve 31,000 participants.
Synergism Between Research and Education:
Dr. Walker has served in a leadership capacity in regional and national
collaborations since 1987 in precollege, formal and informal marine
science education projects. She has had funding during this time from
NOAA (several Line Offices), NSF, EPA, the Navy, the Dept. of Interior
(Office of Insular Affairs), MS=s Dept. of Marine Resources, MS=s State
Dept. of Education, MS=s Dept. of Environmental Quality, and numerous
local community sponsors ranging from industries, businesses, private
contribution, and county and city government.
Dr. Walker=s education research has successfully Abridged the gap@ between
ocean sciences research and the relevance of those data to precollege
teachers, students, and the general public. And, as previously mentioned,
the precollege curricula which have been developed as a result of the
teacher enhancements efforts are being used extensively throughout this
country . Dr. Walker has also worked
with significant numbers of minorities over the last 15 years, i.e.,
African and Native Americans, to include an NSF award for AGirls in
Science and Technology.@