Noyce Scholars Program Faculty


Principal Investigator

Jeff Carpenter
Assistant professor of Education

Mooney 111A
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

Jeff Carpenter is Secondary & K-12 Programs Coordinator, a role that merges naturally with administration of the Noyce Scholars Program. He was a highly-effective teacher at the secondary level for 10 years, in a wide variety of settings, including both urban and rural high-need schools. Dr. Carpenter has extensive experience and expertise related to teaching English language learners, a growing population in high-need schools. During his secondary teaching career, he mentored pre-service teachers in early field experiences and student teaching, and new in-service teachers as a department chair. Through his classes at Elon, he is directly involved in the coursework and field placements of all Noyce Scholars. He brings expertise regarding effective methods for teacher preparation to the program administration.

Co-Principal Investigators

Janice Richardson
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Education

Duke 204C
2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-6255

Janice Richardson has served as director of Elon’s North Carolina Teaching Fellows and the Secondary Mathematics Program Coordinator. As Teaching Fellows Director, she gained experience in recruitment, marketing, selection, enrichment, programming, monitoring, compliance, and evaluation related to a teacher scholarship program that includes a teaching obligation. Professor Richardson was an ABSS mathematics teacher and mathematics instructional coach, which enhances our collaboration with the local schools. She served as the Elon director of TEAMS, a U.S. Department of Education 2008-2011 Math-Science Partnership grant.  Professor Richardson is directly involved in the coursework, field placement, student teaching, and induction support of many of the Noyce Scholars. 

Tony Crider 
Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Physics Department

McMichael Science Building 212
2625 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-6268

Tony Crider is chair of the Physics Department and has led efforts to increase his department’s attention to preparing K-12 science teachers. He has been actively involved in designing a STEM Master of Arts in Teaching program and implemented several key components of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) at Elon, including hiring local high school teachers to serve as Teachers-in-Residence, creating opportunities for early teaching experiences for physics majors, piloting a science pedagogy class for student Learning Assistants, modeled on the one at the University of Colorado, and promoting course transformation by reconfiguring lecture rooms into “lab/workbench” rooms. Dr. Crider will coordinate recruitment of students into the Noyce Program through special Noyce publicity events and expansion of PhysTEC to include students in Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. He has taught a graduate-level course on Virtual Worlds at Elon, and his extensive experience with video and virtual world teleconferences software supports induction activities.