David Douglass

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School of Science and Math
Pasadena City College

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Essays (2)

Zooming Out A Dean's Perspective on Geoscience Student Success part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
Seven years ago I transitioned to a new role as Dean of the Natural Sciences Division after 20 years of teaching in a fourperson Geology department. About 3 years into this new gig I read the paper "How Geoscientists Think and Learn"(Kastens et. al, EOS Trans. AGU, 90(31), 265) which caused me to reflect on why I was actually enjoying what I do and was having some success at it. Qualities of geoscientists such as having a broad perspective of time, understanding and appreciating the workings of complex dynamic systems, a sense of space, the adaptability and flexibility that comes from field work, and the sense of being part of a community of practice all have served me well in this new role. Currently I have the privilege of working with about 50 full-time faculty, 75 adjunct faculty, 10 classified personnel and over 6,000 students each term in a variety of disciplines from Biotechnology and Kinesiology to Geology and Physics.

85 years of Geosciences at Pasadena City College part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Essays
David Douglass, Pasadena City College The Geoscience program at Pasadena City College began in 1927 primarily in response to a need for a greater number of trained geologists in the local workforce - namely the ...

Other Contribution

Associate of Arts Degree in Geology at Pasadena City College part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by David Douglass, Natural Sciences: Geology, Pasadena City College. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing an ...


Events and Communities

SAGE2YC LA Local Workshop 2013

Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges

ITG Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce

GSA 2013 Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges