Dr. Tina Cartwright
Assistant Professor, Education
B.A. (Geography), West Virginia University
M.S. (Meteorology), Florida State University
Ph.D. (Meteorology), Florida State University
Serving as a research meteorologist for MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Cartwright
investigated the effectiveness of a thunderstorm forecast product to
be used by air traffic controllers. In 2004,
Cartwright became the West Virginia State Climatologist. In this
role, she promoted relevant scientific learning and investigated
relevant weather and climate research issues important to the state
of West Virginia.
Dr. Cartwright, as the
recipient of the Sarah Denman Faces of Appalachia Fellowship Award,
investigated how minority and female Appalachian students
interact, contribute, and benefit from participating in the
Communities Educating Tomorrow’s Scientists (COMETS). Fellows
receive a $3,000 cash award, as well as six hours of release time
during their one-year tenure. For more information on COMETS, visit
As a faculty member in Marshall's College of Education and Human Services, Dr.
Cartwright teaches Elementary Science Methods and Integrated Methods
in Secondary Education.
At West Virginia State University, Dr. Cartwright was the Principal
Investigator for a collaborative grant from the NOAA/NWS that
implemented the state’s first meteorology program. The program
helped address the research and academic needs of the state. Dr.
Cartwright taught a range of undergraduate courses in meteorology
and also served as the faculty advisor for the American
Meteorological Society student chapter.
Service and Outreach
Recommended for funding, Dr. Cartwright's new Energy
and Environment-focused program SCI-TALKS
(Supporting Community Initiatives for TeAching, Learning, and
Knowing) will deliver after-school science education program to
minority and at-risk elementary students in Appalachia. This
3-year, ~$1.2M program will equip pre-service teachers with high
quality curricula and 21st Century learning materials to prepare
their students with skills critical to science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics careers; teach students how to learn
and know the practice of science; and provide in-service teachers
with an opportunity to build their mentoring skills. This
program will be administered through partnerships with West Virginia
State University, county school districts, local industry, community
centers, and parents.
Upon completion of the trainer’s certification program for the Global
Learning and Observations to Benefits the Environment (GLOBE)
program, Dr. Cartwright has collaborated with the NASA IV&V Educator
Resource Center and the WV Center for Professional Development by
providing teaching workshops on scientific inquiry and incorporating
GLOBE into the classroom. Her work is designed to encourage and
influence the next generation of scientists by bringing science to
diverse populations from elementary to secondary grades in formal
and informal class settings. As a member
for the Governor’s Commission on Graduate Studies in STEM, she
addressed the barriers students in WV face and promoted graduate
studies in the STEM disciplines.
telephone: (304) 696-3859
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