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 www.wvscience.org/comets/.


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.


Contact Info
telephone: (304) 696-3859
e-mail: tina.cartwright@marshall.edu
website: http://wvscience.org/comets/index.php