Tiberiis, Douglas Wayne, 1942-

Biography:

Douglas Wayne Tiberiis was born in New York City on February 1, 1942 to Robert and Katherine Tiberiis. He moved with his parents and brother, Bruce Edmund Tiberiis, from New York City to Newport, Arkansas in 1947. After graduating from Newport High School in 1960, Mr. Tiberiis obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Arkansas (UA) in 1964. He would spend the next three years at UA in the physics and mathematics Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). program. In the summer of 1964, prior to beginning his Ph.D. work at UA, Mr. Tiberiis worked as a Freedom Summer volunteer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He participated in the White Community Project (a.k.a. White Folks Project), which helped register poor whites to vote and helped facilitate discussion among white community leaders about racism and about taking steps towards becoming a more united southern citizenry. He worked with Biloxi-based volunteer, Sam Shirah Jr., who was instrumental in the formulation of the project. In 1969, subsequent to his participation in Freedom Summer and his education at UA, he became a member of the Board of Directors at Montreal University Settlement in Montreal, Quebec. He left in 1973, one year prior to receiving his Bachelor in Education degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He joined the United States Peace Corps in 1975 and spent the next two years teaching physics and mathematics in Kenya, Africa. In 1979 he studied for a year towards his Ph.D. in physics at Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He joined the Toronto Board of Education in 1982 and served until 1996 (he would serve again in 1997), when he left to begin research in undergraduate physics education at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario."--Inventory of the Tiberiis (Douglas) White Folks Project Collection, University of Southern Mississippi.

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