Natural Sciences & Business
Illinois Valley Community College
Mike earned his BS ('86) and MS ('90) degrees at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From 1989-1997 he worked as an Environmental Geologist for several private consulting firms and then for the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS). While at the ISGS, he began teaching geology as an adjunct for Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College in southern Illinois. In 1997, he began teaching geology full-time for Illinois Valley Community College in north central Illinois where he also helped develop the college's Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment taught professional development courses in Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). Mike has attended many Cutting Edge, Integrate, and other professional development workshops offered through SERC.
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Natural Hazards Term Project part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
Students apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where the student lives (or an area the student might like to live in).
Environmental Geology of the Area where you Live part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students research and report on the environmental geology (resources and hazards) of the area around their home. The project helps develop students' abilities to apply what they have learned.
Expedition to the PreCambrian part of Cutting Edge:Early Earth:Activities
A group exercise that investigates geological, atmospheric, hydrologic, and biological conditions during the Hadean, Archean, and Proterozoic. Students will plan a trip to a certain time period within the Precambrian, research critical environmental clues, and report their findings with a group presentation to the class. Note: This activity is still under development and has not yet been used in the classroom. We encourage instructors to add supporting information or to try this activity and suggest changes or additions.
Does A River Have Rights? part of GeoEthics:Activities
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Individual students have different ethical "lines." This class discussion proceeds with a series of prompts that presents a set of scenarios ...
Using "Dante's Peak" to Discuss Response to Risk part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Activities
In this classroom activity, students watch the movie "Dante's Peak" up to the point where Harry Dalton's supervisor arrives and talks to the town council. Students (in small groups) then compare and contrast Harry's assessment and advice to that of his supervisor, they discuss the reaction of the town council members, and they develop their own recommendations for how the scientists and town should proceed. The groups then report out to the class and explain their reasoning.
Election Project part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
Students research and report on candidates positions on issues relevant to the course. Students get to apply what they have covered in class to real events relevant to their current and future lives.
Energy Policy part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
Students research and make recommendations regarding the petroleum energy policy of the U.S. with respect to other countries.
The Global Environment part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Courses
This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to the study of environmental issues. Students read about and discuss a broad range of issues where humans interact with the environment. Topics range throughout the sciences including biology, geology, and the atmosphere. Student work includes discussion in class, written reflections, essay exams, and leading class discussions.
Historical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is an introductory study of geologic history of the Earth. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of rocks and fossils as a means of understanding the Earth's history.
Historical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Mike Phillips , firstname.lastname@example.org Illinois Valley Community College a Two Year College . Course URL: http://www2.ivcc.edu/phillips/courses/gel1009/map-hist.htm Subject: ...
Flooding in Ottawa, IL part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Real-World Examples
Michael Phillips, Natural Sciences & Business, Illinois Valley Community College Summary Ottawa, Illinois, was incorporated in 1853 at the confluence the Illinois River and the Fox River and along the Illinois ...
Geoscience Projects That Bring the Community into the Classroom part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
I began my professional career working full-time as an environmental geologist outside of academia. I began teaching evening classes at a community college because I wanted to show students that geology was not just as an interesting look into how the earth operates but how the study of the earth directly impacts their lives. To that end, I have used my consulting experiences to shape my assignments, my instruction, and my community outreach.
Incorporating Environmental Justice as Part of a Holistic Approach to Environmental Science Courses part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Essays
Mike Phillips, , Illinois Valley Community College At the beginning of my professional career, I worked for an environmental consulting firm investigating hazardous waste sites throughout the Midwest. I ...
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Undergraduate Research in Geoscience at Illinois Valley Community College part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Undergraduate Research with 2YC Students:Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Michael Phillips, Natural Sciences & Business. Departmental/Institutional Context I teach at a medium-size (appx 4000 fte students and 80 full-time faculty) ...
Physical Geology at Illinois Valley Community College part of Math You Need:Implementations
Instructor: Mike Phillips Enrollment: 30-45 Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience In my physical geology course, students abilities in math vary widely. Many students have tested into and are ...
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Career Prep 2007 Participants: Leader