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Timothy Spuck




Tim has been a leader in STEM education for more than 25 years. He has developed and led a range of programs focusing on astronomy and STEM-related education. He currently serves as PI on five projects including, Big Astronomy in Chile through Dome+, the 2018 National Society of Black Physicists Annual Conference, Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy, the Chile-US Astronomy Education Outreach Summit, and the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program.

Prior to his role with AUI, he served as an Einstein Fellow at NSF-EHR Division of Graduate Education, taught astronomy and earth sciences at the high school and college levels, and served as K-12 Science Coordinator for Oil City Schools.

He has led numerous professional development programs throughout the United States and abroad, and has developed a variety of experiences for learners of all ages. His is recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Educator Achievement Award, Tandy Technology Scholars Award, the Pennsylvania Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, and numerous other STEM education awards. Tim was lead editor for "Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education", earning the 2014 Peter Lang Publishing Book of the Year.

He holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, and a master's degree in Science Education from Clarion University of PA.


Authentic practices in astronomy,
Astronomy and STEM education,
STEM education project design and development,
Survey-based research,
Interpretive research,
Mixed methods research,
Project management. 


Cabezon, S., Rodriguez, V., Spuck, T. (2016), Reaching for the Stars: Findings of the Chile-U.S. Astronomy Education Outreach Summit, AUI, Santiago, Chile. Print.

Blue, C., Spuck, T. (2016), Astronomy in Chile Education Ambassadors Program' Gives On-site Experience to Build Knowledge and Enhance Impact: Success of Inaugural Class and Plans for the Future, Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 227, #229.02.

Spuck, T. (2014), NRAO Partners with Astronomical League, NRAO eNews, Vol. 7, Issue 11, October 2014

Spuck, T. & Jenkins, L. (2014), Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education, New York, Peter Lang Publishing, Print.

Spuck, T. (2014), Radio Astronomy Projects for STEM Learners, NRAO eNews, Vol. 7, Issue 3, February 2014.

Spuck, T., Williamson, K. (2013), STEM Role Models: The Power of Partnerships, NRAO eNews, Vol. 6, Issue 14, December 17, 2014

Stoll, K., Ortega, S., Spuck, T. (2013) The Power of Partnerships: A Guide from the NSF GK-12 Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Print.