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Change Agent Teams

This four-year project will transform geoscience education in two-year colleges (2YCs) through an innovative program that focuses on 2YC geoscience faculty as "change agents." These faculty, working in teams, will implement high-impact, evidence-based instructional and co-curricular practices at their own institutions that will lead to improved STEM learning, broadened participation, and a more robust STEM workforce. They will work with administrators to institutionalize these changes, and will also propagate these practices to colleagues at 2YCs and four-year colleges and universities (4YCUs) in their region via an ongoing series of local professional development events.

Cohort 1 is a set of ten teams of faculty which began their work in 2015-2016. Additional teams will be added in 2017 as a part of Cohort 2. Follow the links below to read about the plans and activities of Change Agent teams.

Cohort 1

Northern California

Chris DiLeonardo and Bridget James, De Anza College

Southern California

Dave Mrofka, Mt. San Antonio College, Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Pasadena City College and Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College


Karen Braley and Debra Woodall, Daytona State College


Cheryl Emerson Resnick, Illinois Central College, and David Voorhees, Waubonsee Community College

New York

JoAnn Thissen, Nassau Community College, and Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College

North Carolina

Adrianne Leinbach and Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College


Daina Hardisty, Mt. Hood Community College, Andy Hilt, Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus, and Eriks Puris, Portland Community College - Southeast Campus


Bryn Benford, Lone Star College - University Park Campus, and Kristie Bradford, Lone Star College - Tomball Campus


Karen Layou, Reynolds Community College, Pete Berquist and Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College


Melvin Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, and Keith West, University of Wisconsin-Marinette

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