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The Eberly College of Science Dean's Office welcomes a new outreach director

Jessica Kim-Schmid

23 April 2018

 

Jessica Kim-Schmid has been the director of the Eberly College of Science’s Office of Science Outreach since April 2017. Before moving into her current role, Kim-Schmid served as an education program associate in the outreach office, collaborating with science faculty, staff, and community partners to plan and implement the Science-U summer camps program and other outreach events. During that time, she also supported the college’s commitment to diversity with new targeted programs for students on the autism spectrum and who are blind or visually impaired. She even spearheaded the creation of the online Broader Impacts Resource Center, a resource for college faculty that she continues to develop with the outreach team. As director, she plans to maintain the office’s strong core of K–12 outreach programming while also strategically diversifying programs, improving Broader Impacts support for faculty, and building the office’s program assessment capabilities.

Prior to joining the Penn State community, Kim-Schmid worked as a secondary science teacher in Arizona for two years through Teach for America, where she taught middle school science and high school chemistry. She then spent three years with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s federal practice as a strategy and operations consultant. During her time with Deloitte, she honed her strategic planning, process improvement, and project management skills on a variety of projects for several federal agencies.

Kim-Schmid earned a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience while double-majoring in music at the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia. She is currently working on a master of arts degree in educational theory and policy at Penn State.