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Traveling Workshop Leaders

Tim Bralower, The Pennsylvania State University
From left to right: Cathy Manduca (project PI), Heather Macdonald (project PI), Diane Doser, Mary Savina, Dallas Rhodes, Geoff Feiss (project PI), Diane Clemens-Knott, Randy Richardson. Not pictured: Tim Bralower, Carol Ormand (project PI).

Diane Clemens-Knott, California State University-Fullerton
Diane Doser, University of Texas-El Paso
Geoff Feiss, College of William and Mary
Dallas Rhodes, Georgia Southern University
Randy Richardson, University of Arizona
Mary Savina, Carleton College

Tim Bralower

Chair, Department of Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Tim Bralower received a BA from Oxford University in Earth Science in 1980. He then came over to the US and went to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. He received his PhD in Earth Science from SIO in 1986. He went straight to Florida International University as an Assistant Professor in 1987 and then went on to UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990 also as an Assistant Professor. He received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1993 and became Department Chair and Full Professor at the same time in 1998. He came to Penn State in 2002 as Head and Professor. His area of expertise includes marine micropaleontology, paleobiology and marine geology. His research concerns the impact of abrupt climate change on life as well as mass extinction events and their recovery.

His interests lie in undergraduate and graduate education. He is committed to career development for students. He is fascinated by how departments work and interested in helping programs develop research strengths and work with their administrations to make them a reality, as well as ways for programs to strengthen their positions on campus.


Diane Clemens-Knott

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University-Fullerton

While mapping more that 130 mi2 of the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Diane Clemens-Knott and her students research topics ranging from plutonic geochemistry, to sedimentary provenance, to skarn nanomineralogy. As past Chair, she successfully focused the CSUF Geological Sciences Department on recruiting majors, revamping their B.S. program, increasing General Education enrollment, revising the Personnel Documents, developing a summer Internship program, and completing a Program Assessment. CSU Fullerton is one of the largest public universities in California, a commuter campus and a Hispanic Serving Institution. Undergraduate and graduate research theses are required, and large-lecture General Education courses are the norm.


Diane Doser

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas-El Paso

Dr. Diane Doser is a professor within the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she has taught for over 20 years. She has taught courses at all levels (high school to doctoral level) in geology, geophysics, geological engineering, and environmental science. She served as the first director of the BS in Environmental Science program (2000-2003), director of the MS program in Interdisciplinary Science (2001-2003) and chair of the Department of Geological Sciences from 2004-2008. She was a Kauffman faculty fellow from2008-2009, helping to promote entrepreneurship activities on the UTEP campus, and has recently been selected as a faculty fellow for UTEP's Center for Effective Teaching and Learning. She received UTEP's Distinguished Achievement Award in Research in 1999.


Geoff Feiss

Provost (retired, 2009) and Professor of Geology, Emeritus, College of William and Mary

An economic geologist and geochemist, Geoff has held a wide variety of administrative posts including department chair and budget/planning dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and dean of the faculty and chief academic officer, provost, at the College of William and Mary. His administrative roles have given him extensive experience in planning and academic program development, including participation in several institutional reaccreditation exercises and numerous external reviews of earth science programs at other universities. He has been active on the national scene in geoscience education through NAGT and several K-16 NSF-funded projects and has served in leadership roles for the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS), the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), and GSA. He received his bachelor's from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Harvard.


Dallas Rhodes

Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology and Geography, Georgia Southern University

After 12 years as chair of the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University, Dallas Rhodes retired from the position in June 2010. During his tenure the number of geology and geography majors increased from fewer than 30 to more than 120. Active recruiting of new majors and a strong GIS program were among the key initiatives that helped the program grow. Dallas has served as an external reviewer for several departments and he has been a member of the leadership team for workshops for new department chairs. His scientific interests are in tectonic geomorphology and climate change in the western US. He currently works half time as a special assistant to the Vice President for Research at Kennesaw State University.


Randy Richardson

Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona

Randy Richardson's research interests have included the dynamics of plate tectonics, from the driving mechanism to mountain building and strain accumulation and release on plate boundaries. He has also held a series of administrative positions, from associate dean to vice president to interim department head, where he has developed interests in science education (especially quantitative literacy), faculty development, and helping geoscience departments be successful in uncertain times on issues ranging from program reviews to recruiting and retaining students.


Mary Savina

Professor, Department of Geology, & Faculty Assessment Coordinator, Carleton College

Mary Savina is Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology at Carleton College. For three years, she also served as Coordinator of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching and she is currently Faculty Assessment Coordinator. She has given numerous workshop and conference presentations about geoscience department curricula and assessment; has worked with middle school, high school and college geoscience and environmental studies faculty; and serves on the steering committee for the Building Strong Geoscience Departments initiative. She has also served on external review teams for nine geoscience and environmental studies programs and learning and teaching centers.


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