Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Administrative Staff

S. Llyn Sharp
Museum Coordinator

2070 Derring Hall
Museum 2062 Derring
+1.540.231.4080 (Phone)
+1.540.231.3386 (FAX)

Mailing Address:
4044 Derring Hall (0420)
1405 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

M.A.Ed., Instructional Technology and Systems Design,
Virginia Tech, 1990
B.S., Geology, Middle Tennessee State University, 1977



2004-present : Museum Coordinator
Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
Initiate and coordinate outreach activities of the Department of Geosciences. Work directly with faculty submitting research proposals to include outreach products and programs. Supervise Museum of Geosciences, mineralogy collections, and Education Resource Center, including supervision of graduate and undergraduate student staff and volunteers. Trainer for national science education programs such as GLOBE, Project WET, and Save Our Streams, providing workshops tailored to in-service and pre-service teachers and correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

1990-2004: Assistant Director, Museum of Natural History, Virginia Tech
Managed operations of the University museum and natural science collections. Acting Director 2000-01. Coordinated program transition and relocation 2003-04. Additional responsibilities included:
o Project Manager for MINTS (Model Inquiries into Nature in the Schoolyard) funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1992-97)
o Regional Coordinator, Save Our Streams Program, Virginia IWLA (1998-2004)
o Collections Curator for 1.1 million zoological and geological specimens (1990-2004)
o Education Coordinator/Director (1991-2004)
o Marketing Coordinator (1995-2003)

1994-97: Management Consultant, Virginia Power Technologies, Inc. (VPT), Blacksburg, Virginia
Designed and implemented administrative and infrastructure systems and coordinated three moves for a high-tech engineering firm from startup to $1.5 million in sales. Responsible for setting up daily operations including facilities, accounting, human resources, archives, office systems, inventory storage and tracking, and compliance with safety and other regulations.

1980-1991: Research and Technical Specialist, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
Professional and technical support to the academic and research functions of one of the top geosciences departments in the U.S. Steadily promoted with increasing responsibilities. Positions included:
o Supervisor and Coordinator for undergraduate lab courses (1989-91)
o Supervisor of departmental photographic and A-V facilities (1982-1991)
o Lab Manager in paleontology and ore microscopy (1980-90)
o Editor for the departmental alumni newsletter (1983-89)

1980-81: Lab Technician, Department of Agronomy, Virginia Tech

1979-80: Soils and Cartographic Technician, Soil Conservation Service, USDA,
Skyland Soil and Water Conservation District, Asheville, NC.


Certified as a trainer in 12 national environmental education programs including:
-Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
-National Project WET: Water Education for Teachers (WET)
-National and Virginia Save Our Streams (SOS)
-NASA Moon Rock and Meteorite certified borrower
-Disaster and Emergency Response programs through Red Cross and others.


Partner or project director on more than 20 funded projects over 14 years. Examples:
Rosenzweig, Michael and Saghai Maroof. 2003. Soybean Genomics. Develop teaching kits for loan to K-12 Educators. NSF. ($21,000)
Sharp, Llyn. 2003. Interpretive Design for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center Wastewater Treatment Project. Funded by the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center. ($7,320)
Sharp, Llyn and Nancy Mignone. 1998. Save Our Streams K-12 Initiative. Funding provided through the IWLA-Virginia Save Our Streams. ($10,000)


Over 200 conference presentations, workshops, and short courses including:
Museum of Geosciences ?Early Life from China?. 2005. Leader of a collaborative effort with faculty and graduate students to produce an exhibit for the Tucson International Gem and Mineral Show.

Casey, Denny and Llyn Sharp. 2004. ?Watershed Investigations using GLOBE Hydrology Protocols Workshop?. National Association of Science Teachers Conference. December, 2004.

Brand, Brenda, Llyn Sharp, et. al. 2003. ?Project WET for Preservice Teachers?. Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference. November, 2003.

Sharp, Llyn. 2003. ?Community Outreach Programs for Water Researchers?. Virginia Water Research Symposium, Program and Abstracts, October 2003.


Developed many educational products in a variety of formats including:
Save Our Streams and GLOBE Hydrology Investigation Kits. 2003. Equipment, supplies, and instructions for biological, chemical and physical assessments of streams and watersheds for use by educators and students.
Taylor, Frank, A. Raflo, and L. Sharp. 1997. The MINTS Book: Model Inquiries into Nature in the Schoolyard: Inquiry Field Guide to the Natural History of Southwestern Virginia Schoolyards. Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. 290 pp.
Local Sedimentary Rock Kits and Handbook. 1994. 12 replicate multimedia hands-on kits developed with Dr. Richard Bambach to supplement teaching of local Appalachian geology for K-12, Elderhostel, and community groups.


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