Heather Macdonald

Geology

College of William and Mary

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Project Leader on these Projects(2)

Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges part of SAGE 2YC
Strong undergraduate geoscience education is dependent on effective programs at two-year colleges (2YCs). Yet two-year college faculty face substantial challenges limited resources for travel, isolation, and few opportunities for geoscience professional development specific for their setting. This website documents the work of this project to bring resources and opportunities to bear on these issues.

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.

Activities (4)

Geologic Puzzles: Morrison Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Outcrop images (faulted strata, interbedded shale and limestone beds that have been tilted, beach rocks of different lithologies) can be used to bring the field into the geoscience classroom, giving students practice in doing what geoscientists do when they are in the field. These particular images are examples of interesting geologic puzzles.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Book Review of a Popular Science Book part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students select a popular science book to read and then write a book review and give a short oral book review to their classmates.

Describe and Interpret Images: Folded Strata part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Have students describe and interpret images rather than doing the description and interpretation for them. In class, have students make a simple sketch of an outcrop shown in a slide (or computer projection) then discuss possible interpretations. For example, show them a picture of the Dent de Morcles, with its convoluted strata, ask them to do a rough drawing and to summarize the probable history of the rock exposed in that mountainside.

Rivers: Short In-class Activity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Images of the James River at Belle Island, Virginia, including one at flood stage, a plot of peak streamflow since 1935, and an image of potholes in the Petersburg Granite at the same location. These images can be used to have the students make observations, estimates, and interpretations.

Teaching Method Module

Interactive Lectures part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures
Created by Heather Macdonald College of William and Mary and Rebecca Teed, SERC and updated by Gail Hoyt, University of Kentucky, Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University, Barbara Millis University of Texas, ...

Essays (2)

Preparing the College of William & Mary's Geology Students for Careers part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Essays
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary The College of William & Mary is a public university with a strong undergraduate liberal arts tradition. Geology majors select one of two tracks: general geology ...

2YC Faculty Resources in the Geosciences part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Essays
Heather Macdonald, , College of William and Mary Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 25kB Oct3 12) 1. What are the two things that your disciplinary professional organization or discipline-based NSF-funded project ...

Other Contributions (5)

Department of Geology at the College of William & Mary part of Integrate:Workshops:Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce:Programs
Information for this profile was provided by Heather Macdonald, Geology, College of William and Mary. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree. ...

Image Description & Interpretation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary Course: Earth History 18 students The most effective way to develop geoscience skills in your students is to make opportunities for them to practice those skills. The ...

Heather Macdonald part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Chancellor Professor of Geology Department of Geology College of William and Mary PO Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 rhmacd@wm.edu Phone:757-221-2443 Background Information Heather Macdonald has been teaching ...

Heather Macdonald part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Chancellor Professor of Geology Department of Geology College of William & Mary PO Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 rhmacd@wm.edu Phone:757-221-2443 Background Information Heather Macdonald has been ...

Heather Macdonald part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Chancellor Professor of Geology Department of Geology College of William and Mary PO Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 rhmacd@wm.edu Phone:757-221-2443 Background Information Heather Macdonald has been teaching ...


Events and Communities

The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education Workshop 2010: PI

Economics in Two Year Colleges Workshop 2011

RTOP Observers: PI

Early Career '04 Participants: PI

Career Prep '04 Participants: PI

Career Prep '05 Participants: PI

Early Career '05 Participants: PI

Sedimentary Geology Workshop 06: PI

2006 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop Participants: PI

2007 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop Participants: PI

Career Prep Workshop 2008 Participants: PI

Early Career 2009 Participants: PI

Workshop 09 Participants: PI

2008 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop Participants: PI

Assessing Geoscience Programs: Theory and Practice Participants: PI

Career Prep Workshop 2010 Participants: PI

Course Design '02 Participants: PI

Early Career '02 Participants: PI

Quantitative Skills 2002 Participants: PI

Developing Pathways to Strong Departments for the Future Participants: PI

Early Career '03 Participants: PI

Career Prep '03 Participants: PI

Course Design Workshop 2003 Participants: PI

Early Career Workshop 2010 Participants: PI

Early Career Workshop 2011 Participants: PI

GSA 08: Making the Case for Tenure Participants: PI

GSA 07: Making a Case for Tenure Participants: PI

Early Career Workshop 2008 Participants: PI

Course Design '04 Participants: PI

Early Career Workshop 2007 Participants: PI

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants: PI

Early Career 2006 Participants: PI

Career Prep 2007 Participants: PI

Career Development Jan 2011 Participants: PI

Career Development April 2011 Participants: PI

Career Development May 2011 Participants: PI

Career Development June 2011 Participants: PI

Career Development Feb 2011: PI

Web-based Resources 2003 Participants: PI

Course Design Online 2005 Participants: PI

Course Design: PI

2011 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop Participants: PI

2009 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop Participants: PI

The Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals Participants: PI

Strengthening Your Geoscience Program Participants: PI

Pursuing an Academic Career Jan 2012: PI

Career Prep Workshop 2012: PI

Quantitative Skills 2004 Participants: PI

Quantitative Skills 2005 Participants: Leader

Teacher Preparation '03 Participants

Early Career Workshop 2012: PI

Career Development Jan 2013 webinar (Jigsaws): PI

Career Development Feb 2013 webinar (Intro Geo Labs): PI

Pursuing an Academic Career Feb 2013 webinar (communicating your research): Presenter

Career Development Mar 2013 webinar (Concept Sketches): PI

Pursuing an Academic Career March 2013 webinar (negotiations): PI

Career Development Apr 2013 webinar (ConcepTests): PI

Pursuing an Academic Career May 2013 webinar (networking): Leader

Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers: PI

Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges: PI

ITG Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce

Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014: PI