Thursday, March 28, 2013

Campus liaison spotlight: Meet Anthony Derriso!

Hi everyone!

I am very happy to continue with our Campus Liaison Spotlights started in 2011*. The GSC wants to show our appreciation of all the hard work our liaisons do, especially now with the 2013 AERA Annual Meeting quickly approaching. Also, this will give us opportunities to get to know each other before attending the annual meeting.

For our inaugural 2013 post, meet Anthony Derriso, liaison at the University of Alabama!

Name:                       Anthony Derriso
Hometown:                Birmingham, Alabama
Current University:      University of Alabama
Program:                   Educational Psychology
Advisor:                     Cecil Robinson

Q. What did you do before going to graduate school?
A.         Before going to graduate school, I was a science teacher for nine years.

Q. What are your current research interests?
A.         I am currently using a large-scale data set to study motivation among US ninth graders as it relates to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Q. What career do you want upon graduation (Faculty or other)?
A.         Ideally, I would like to teach at a university and continue my ongoing research, but I have not ruled out heading back to the “front line” and teaching high school science if the right opportunity presented itself.

Q. If you could change anything about education, what would it be?
A.         Kids need the opportunity to learn as they pursue their passions. What if every student had an individualized education plan specific to their interests and abilities?

Q. What is your favorite research article and why?
A.         My first one, the one on the horizon…the one I can just see if I look hard enough.

Q. What was your proudest moment or greatest accomplishment?
A.         Nothing really stands out…I hope that means it’s on the horizon.

Thank you for participating Anthony! Be on the lookout for more spotlights to come :)

*This idea was started by Brittany Hott, Junior Co-Chair, 2011-2012.  
 The FIRST campus liaison spotlight was published on June 16, 2011: