Heather Macdonald


College of William and Mary

Project Leader, Workshop Leader and Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Project Leader

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 รข 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.

Website Content Contributions

Activities (4)

Geologic Puzzles: Morrison Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Images of faulted strata, tilted turbidites, and beach rocks bring the field into the classroom, giving students practice in doing what geoscientists do. These images are examples of 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
In class, have students make a simple sketch of an outcrop shown in a slide (or computer projection) then discuss possible interpretations. -

Rivers: Short In-class Activity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Images of the James River in Virginia, including one at flood stage, and of potholes, all of which can be used to have the students make observations, estimates, and interpretations. -

Teaching Method Module (1)

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 ...


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Workshop Leader (59 workshops)

Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014
June 2014
Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges
July 2013
Career Development Apr 2013 webinar (ConcepTests)
April 2013
Career Development Mar 2013 webinar (Concept Sketches)
March 2013
Pursuing an Academic Career March 2013 webinar (negotiations)
February 2013
Pursuing an Academic Career May 2013 webinar (networking)
February 2013
Career Development Feb 2013 webinar (Intro Geo Labs)
February 2013
Career Development Jan 2013 webinar (Jigsaws)
January 2013
Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges
July 2012
Career Prep Workshop 2012
June 2012
Early Career Workshop 2012
June 2012
Pursuing an Academic Career Jan 2012
January 2012
2011 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2011
Career Development June 2011
June 2011
Early Career Workshop 2011
June 2011
Career Development May 2011
May 2011
Career Development April 2011
April 2011
Career Development Feb 2011
February 2011
Career Development Jan 2011
January 2011
Career Prep Workshop 2010
July 2010
Early Career Workshop 2010
June 2010
2009 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2009
Career Prep 09
July 2009
Early Career 2009
June 2009
Strengthening Your Geoscience Program
June 2009
Assessing Geoscience Programs: Theory and Practice
February 2009
2008 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2008
GSA 08: Making the Case for Tenure
October 2008
Career Prep Workshop 2008
July 2008
Introductory Courses 2008
July 2008
Early Career Workshop 2008
June 2008
2007 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2007
GSA 07: Making a Case for Tenure
October 2007
Career Prep 2007
August 2007
Early Career Workshop 2007
June 2007
The Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals
January 2007
2006 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2006
Sedimentary Geology Workshop 06
July 2006
Early Career 2006
June 2006
Career Prep '05
July 2005
Quantitative Skills 2005
June 2005
Early Career '05
June 2005
Course Design Online 2005 Participants
May 2005
Course Design '05
May 2005
Developing Pathways to Strong Departments for the Future Workshop
February 2005
Career Prep '04
July 2004
Course Design '04
July 2004
Quantitative Skills 2004
July 2004
Early Career '04
June 2004
Career Prep '03
August 2003
Course Design Workshop 2003
July 2003
Early Career '03
June 2003
Web-based Resources 2003
February 2003
Course Design '02
July 2002
Quantitative Skills 2002
July 2002
Early Career '02
June 2002
SAGE Webinar November 14 2014
SAGE Webinar November 21 2014
SAGE Webinar October 24 2014

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