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Cliff Hofwolt
in memoriam


Dr. Cliff Hofwolt

Executive Director, MSERA
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University


July 7, 2016 - Message to Membership from Dustin Hebert, MSERA President
We have learned that our executive director, but more significantly our friend, Cliff Hofwolt, passed away the evening of July 5, 2016. Cliff was a long-time member of MSERA and has served as the association's executive director for over a decade. We are saddened by the loss of our friend and offer our prayers to his family and those closest to him.

Dr. Hofwolt's Faculty Profile from Vanderbilt University Web site
For the past several years, Cliff has been involved in developing integrated media instructional materials for use in elementary science methods courses for prospective elementary school teachers. These materials are organized around using video from actual classroom lessons to provide instructional cases that can be analyzed from multiple perspectives. Two video discs, Approaches to Teaching Science and Effective Teaching Practices in Science, have been developed for use in elementary science methods courses. These video discs are in the process of being transferred to CD-ROM. Cliff also developed the curriculum program HyperScience for Middle School Teachers, which uses counterintuitive events in a video format to develop student's abilities to explain science phenomena.

Cliff has also been active in the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA).  He served as President of this organization in 2000 and was a winner of the Harry Bowman Distinguished Service Award in 2002.  Cliff currently serves as the Executive Director of MSERA.
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September 21, 2016 - Letter to Camilla Benbow, Peabody College Dean, from Dustin Hebert, MSERA President
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November 1, 2016 - Message to Membership from Dustin Hebert, MSERA President
Today, the MSERA board voted unanimously to name Dr. Clifford Hofwolt the first-ever executive director emeritus of MSERA. This recognition was bestowed on Cliff for his many years of service to MSERA. Congratulations, my friend. We miss you.


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