J.T. is a Physics Education Researcher interested in increasing the use of evidence-based teaching and learning outside of the discipline based education research community. He received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Toledo, one in Physics and the other in Pure Mathematics. His Masters degree and PER-focused PhD were completed in the Physics & Astronomy department at Michigan State University. His dissertation explored how students use and learn from graphs in introductory physics courses, primarily looking at kinematic graphs. Currently, he is working on a grant which has the goal of improving gateway biology, chemistry, and physics courses here at Michigan State University. As part of the project, he is actively engaged in bringing together faculty in the physics department to discuss the gateway courses. Eventually, the goal is to identify what the Physics & Astronomy department would like students in gateway courses to know and be able to do with that knowledge. Accordingly, assessment items will be developed to provide evidence for where instruction can and should be improved. Ultimately, this project will allow him to investigate a number of questions regarding curricular and professional development.