Phone: 616-331-2274
Fax: 616-331-3740
Dr. Richard Vallery (Chair)

117 Padnos Hall of Science, 1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Ms. Jeanine Gasper

Affiliate Professor of Physics
126 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-3783
Fax: 616-331-3740

  • M.A.Ed. Education (Physics) Wake Forest University (2005)
  • B.S.E. Calvin College (2001)

Professional Experience
  • Affiliate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2010  - present.
  • High School Teacher at Catholic Central (2005 - 2010)
  • Knowles Science Teaching Foundation  Fellow (KSTF) (2005 - 2010).
  • Engineer at URS Corporation (2001 - 2004).
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) (2000).

  • PHY 201,  Fall 2010.
  • SC 226, Fall 2010.


I'm very interested in how students take "ownership" of their grades. I enjoy looking at how coupling good summative and formative assessments with student feedback adds to their understanding of what a grade earned actually means. I'm a big fan of learning by doing, and believe that when true learning happens, there is absolutely no need for memorization. I am an alumni of the five year Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship ( which gave me the opportunity to reflect and begin practicing research and leadership as a high school teacher. I hope to pass the word along about this amazing organization, so that more teachers can be supported the way I was in my five years of teaching high school physics and engineering. I spent a summer working with the TRAC program at Fermilab in Batavia, Il. It is an opportunity for teachers to work with scientists on current innovative projects. I worked on the NOvA project, which is projected to be finished in 2013.

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