LMU Graduate Faculty

Dr. Laura Hopfer 
  Laura J. Hopfer
  Assistant Professor, Graduate 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 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.

  • 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