Academics

LMU Graduate Faculty



Dr. Laura Hopfer 
  Laura J. Hopfer
  Assistant Professor, Graduate Education
  865.693.1570
  lhopfer@lmunet.edu








Education

EdD in Education Administration and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
MS in Leadership Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BS in Science Education/Secondary, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma

Other Teaching Experience
  • Cumberland County Board of Education, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 7-9th grade science teacher, 1975-1978
  • North Enid School District, Enid, Oklahoma, 7-8th grade science teacher/department chair, 1979-1982
  • Office of the Mayor, Fussa City, Japan, English Language Instructor, 1982-1985
  • Toho Academy, Chofu, Japan, English Language and Science Integration Instructor, 1982-1985
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAF Cadet Tutor, 1985-1988
  • District 20 Schools, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Substitute Teacher, 1985-1988
  • Vacaville Public Schools/California Department of Welfare, Vacaville, California, Gain Program Instructor, 1988-1989
  • Travis Unified School District, Fairfield, California, Science Integration Teacher and Curriculum Development Team Advisor, 1988-1989
  • Winters Joint Unified School District, Winters, California, Assistant Administrator/Classroom Teacher, 7th and 8th Grade Science and 8th Grade Outreach, 1989-1995
  • Administrative Intern, Knox County (Tennessee) Schools, 1996
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Instructor/Program Coordinator/Field Supervisor, Indidivualized Instruction Teacher Education Program, 1996-2000
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Field Supervision/Grad Assistant for EdAmn 535, 2000-2002

Honors and Awards

  • Teacher of the Year, Cumberland County Board of Education, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1977
  • Teacher of the Year, North Enid School District, Carrier, Oklahoma, 1982
  • Striving for Excellence Award for writing and development of Eight Grade Outreach (EGO) program, Yolo County, California, 1994

Professional Presentations

  • Build a Better Roller Coaster: A Middle School Cooperative Learning Project. Co-presenter, National Council Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 2003
  • Post-Bac Field Supervision Training/Workshop, Summer 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Post-Baccalaureate Faculty Workshop (Training Session) Summer 2007, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Post-Baccalaureate Faculty Workshop (Training Session) Summer 2008, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Information session on Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program, March 2008, Kingsport, Tennessee

Research

  • Research within the last 3-5 years has consisted of multiple on-going action research projects conducted as a tool being used to facilitate improvement of the overall Post-bac program, instruction within the program, and implementation of more diverse levels of instruction within the program.
Publications

  • Hopfer, L. Wignot, L. (1993)  EGO- Program Development and Implementation. California League of
    Middle Schools (CLMS) Annual convention, San Francisco, California, Spring. 1993.
  • Roberts, S., LeCoultre, M., Hopfer, L. (1997). Individualized Instruction Teacher Education Model.
    National Staff Development Conference (NSDC) Annual meeting. Nashville, Tennessee,
    December 1997.
  • Roberts, S., LeCoultre, M., Hopfer, L. (1998).  A New Breed of Professional Development Schools.
    National Staff Development Conference (NSDC). Annual meeting. Washington, D.C.
    December, 1998.
  • Hopfer, L. (1999). A Collaborative Process for Teacher Development. Presentation at Professional
    Development Schools Conference (PDS), Louisville, KY. March, 1999.
  • Hopfer, L.J. (1999) Portfolio Assessment as Summative Documentationin a Teacher Preparation
    Program. Presentation at Mid-South Educational Research Association. November, 1999.  (ERIC
    Document No. 435754)
  • Hopfer, L.J.  (2002). In Pursuit of Purpose: An Exploration of the Purpose of Education. Dissertation
    Abstracts International. (UMI No. 072699)

Professonal and Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Association of University Women
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Council Teacher of Mathematics
  • National Staff Development Council
  • Phi Delta Kappa International
  • Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Tennessee Education Association
  • National Education Association