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LAUREN WOOLSEY

Astrophysicist, college professor, and game designer; this website provides an overview of my many adventures.


In the site menu at the top of the page or by clicking the following links, you will find my Curriculum Vitae, my Teaching Portfolio, and my board gaming related ventures in the CGS Unit tab.

 

ABOUT ME

I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2016 after successfully completing my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Harvard University and accepting a tenure-track teaching position at Grand Rapids Community College.

After leaving a more traditional research-focused academic track because of my passion for teaching, I have never looked back. I am in my dream position at an supportive institution that gives me room to grow and improve as an instructor and a member of the community.

Many of the skills I use in the classroom to facilitate learning I also use in the context of tabletop games. I have designed several educational card and board games, and I have carved out a space in the tabletop gaming community with my brand CGS Unit

 

EDUCATION

August 2011 - May 2016

HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

  • ​A.M. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2013

  • Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2016

  • Dissertation: Magnetic Influences on the Solar Wind

August 2007 - May 2011

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - COLLEGE PARK

  • Summa Cum Laude, Undergraduate Thesis Award

  • B.S. in Astronomy with High Honors

  • B.S. in Physics with High Honors

  • Minor in German Language and Literature

 

CURRENT POSITIONS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Since 2016

  • I teach 4-5 sections each semester, a mix of introductory astronomy courses (with and without a lab component) and algebra-based physics lectures.

  • In May 2019 I started teaching online sections.

  • In August 2019, I took on role of Open Educational Resources Coordinator. I work with all departments across the GRCC community to promote the adoption of free or low-cost textbooks and open educational supplementary materials and track OER use across disciplines.

CO-FOUNDER, CGS UNIT LLC

Since 2014

I hold many roles in the tabletop gaming community which fall under the umbrella of CGS Unit, described in the tab linked.

  • I have designed three games: Amino, Stars, Inc., and Match Quilt.

  • I co-host Playability, a podcast focused on accessibility and inclusion in gaming.

  • I am a judge in several annual game design contests and festivals.

 
Pencils

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."

Marian Wright Edelman