David Voorhees

Earth Science

Waubonsee Community College

David Voorhees has been teaching geosciences full time at Waubonsee Community College since 2002, after several years of part-time teaching.  He found his passion for teaching while working on his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, where he studied the glacial stratigraphy of Illinois.  He is passionate about bringing to his students an understanding of the earth and the geosciences, and is constantly experimenting with different pedagogies to engage his typical general education student.   He is also very active in bringing the 2YC geoscience community together, and pooling the resources of 2YC geoscientists around the country to bring to his students, through work with Geo2YC, a Division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.  He was the first President of Geo2YC.  He has represented the 2YC geosciences community on the Education and Public Outreach Standing Committee of IRIS, on various NSF committees, including the Advisory Committee to the Geosciences Directorate.  He was elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 2014 and was a co-recipient of the Full-Time Faculty of the Year for 2015 by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association. 

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Activities (2)

Aurora Mastodont Project - Matrix Analyses Project part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This is a laboratory based assignment that is for Introductory level geoscience classes (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Earth Science) that brings an authentic research experience to your students. In the ...

The Oil Game: Problem-based learning exercise in an Environmental Geology lecture-format class part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
This is an active engagement exercise as a capstone exercise in a unit on energy in an Environmental Geology class of non-science majors combining a 'field-based' simulation and 'office-based' geological modeling. It uses readily available supplies and easily constructed equipment that can take 1 or 2 class meetings.

Essays (3)

Supporting Student Success part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
The reason I became a geology instructor is that I want to instill the passion I have for the earth in my students. I want to be able to give to my students some of the understanding of how the earth works, because they are to become the stewards of this planet long after I am gone. I feel that I am not able to bring this passion and understanding to many of my students, and I continually try to engage all of my students, just as the geosciences engage all of them in their everyday lives. Most all effective instructors have a 'bag of tricks' through which they engage their students that evolves, as it should, as we get different populations of students in our classrooms. As most of my General Education, Survey of Earth Science students are millennials, engaging them is one of my biggest challenges as a geoscience educator. I have developed several ways that I think, bring to my students the nature of science, scientific inquiry, and along the way, make the content relevant to their lives. They fall into two groups: place-basedintegration and mentoring.

The Geo2YC Division of NAGT part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Essays
David Voorhees, Associate Professor Earth Science / Geology, Waubonsee Community College Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 21kB Sep27 12) 1. From your perspective, what are the two things that your disciplinary ...

Identifying geoscience 'majors' at Waubonsee part of SAGE 2YC:Workforce, Transfer, and Careers:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
I have been teaching Earth Science, Geology, Astronomy and Geography full time at Waubonsee Community College for 10 years. As most of my teaching is the General Education Survey of Earth Science class, a 3-­‐credit lecture course covering physical geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy, I don't have many, or know of many, geoscience majors in my classes, although I have identified several over the years using various techniques, four of which are described below.