Kim Dow brings experience in the corporate, scientific, and academic fields to her role as Chief Academic Officer at USPA.
Kim began her career at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, MA as the Education Officer for the High Energy Astrophysics Division. She directed several education and outreach programs for the general public that pertained to NASA missions, as well as a number of teacher-based professional development efforts. At CfA, she also founded a summer program for undergraduates that provided hands-on research opportunities. Many of these programs included the development of technology based learning experiences. As a member of the NASA ROSAT mission team, she also conducted x-ray analysis of the Coma Cluster of Galaxies, specifically on the nature of dark matter.
Following CfA, Kim led the content development team at LRN, a company that created online learning programs for Fortune 500 companies. Kim directed a group that took nearly 100 corporate Codes of Conduct from global companies and made them relevant to employees through the use of video scenarios and, where required, localized them to the relevant country.
More recently, Kim served as the Head of School of a small boarding school for athletes. During her tenure, she increased fundraising, improved the school’s enrollment management efforts, strengthened the academic program, and led the school’s accreditation. Additionally, Kim has supported the start-up efforts of innovative schools in both Texas and California.
Kim has written numerous scientific and educational research papers, spoken at domestic and international conferences, and contributed to two books: an astronomy textbook for undergraduates and a science education text for middle school teachers. She has also taught college-level education courses as an adjunct faculty member.
Her educational background includes a B.S. in Physics from Marlboro College, an M.S. in Astrophysics from the University of Arizona, and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her educational research at Harvard focused on the underlying conceptual frameworks and the effectiveness of online education.
In her “spare” time, she tries to keep up with her four children and their various musical and athletic pursuits. Kim divides her time between Lake Placid, NY and Silicon Valley. She enjoys the close knit nature of the Lake Placid community and is currently hiking the New York State “46-ers” with her athletic family and equally spirited dogs. Kim’s son is a member of the USA Luge National team.