Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
I am Director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College where I am involved in a variety of projects that support improvements in undergraduate education and geoscience education (K-gray). My work includes organizing workshops and other activities for faculty and educators of all types, developing web-resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion, and researching learning by geoscientists, faculty and students. Topics of focus include bringing research results on teaching and learning into broader use in the geosciences, understanding geoscience expertise, and building strong geoscience departments. Much of this work contributes to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
Currently, I serve on the AGU Outreach Committee, the Education Committee of the American Institute of Physics, the National Numeracy Network Board of Directors, and the advisory board for Gifted and Talented Education programs in my local school district. I am also the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
I remain very interested in the petrologic and structural evolution of western Idaho and its implications for the growth of continental crust, as well as the interactions between policy and geology required to maintain a clean water supply for Olmsted County, MN.
Cutting Edge part of Cutting Edge
The On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods through workshops and websites which combine to provide professional development opportunities, resources, and opportunities for faculty to interact with colleagues around the world.
Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning:Synthesis Study
This project synthesizes existing knowledge and articulates unanswered questions in critical areas of research on cognition and learning relevant to the Geosciences.
Building Strong Geoscience Departments part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments
Building Strong Geoscience Departments is a project focused on helping geoscience departments adapt and prosper in a changing and challenging environment.
Pedagogy in Action part of Pedagogy in Action
A library of teaching methods, example activities and literature on research on learning.
Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
This site is designed to help faculty and graduate students learn about instructional methods for teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses.
Research on Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning
This site has many important lessons that can improve teaching in the geosciences and brings together resources for faculty, teachers and curriculum developers working in the geosciences including
DLESE Community Services Center part of DLESE Community Services
The Digital Library for Earth Science Education Community Service Center seeks to increase and diversify the current resource user and contributor base, improve the ability of users and contributors to easily find, adapt, and effectively use high quality digital resources.
Website Content Contributions
What could the President do? part of Earth and Mind:Posts
How could the President help improve our ability to teach undergraduates? By helping the nation understand that teaching is a sophisticated skill, by encouraging colleges and universities to support their faculty ...
Geoscience Departments at Risk part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Strategies for making your department an invaluable asset to your institution
Writers are Made not Born part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on improving geoscience students writing skills
Systems Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Tom Friedman's recent article shows the importance of a systems approach to our society. Teaching this approach is one of our most important contributions to students education.
A Well Graded Trail part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on structuring work on both short and long time scales to increase productivity and avoid burn out.
By Way of Introduction part of Earth and Mind:Posts
What Cathy plans to talk about in her posts and a few rules for engagement.
Self-Reflections from the Field: Pressure Release Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
On the value of pressure-release thinking and serendiptiy time in supporting a creative professional life.
Workshop Leader (73 workshops)