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Carol Ormand

Geoscience Education and Research Associate

Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
608-213-1618; cormand@carleton.edu
Download my curriculum vitae (Acrobat (PDF) 144kB Dec18 12)

Projects * Publications * Experience * Education * Hobbies

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Overview

My work at SERC has three components, each of which supports SERC's overall mission: improving science education at the college and university level. These three components are:

  1. Conducting research on learning in the undergraduate science classroom;
  2. Developing websites with resources for science faculty; and
  3. Organizing and orchestrating professional development workshops for science faculty.

Current Projects

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Research on Spatial Thinking

Since 2008, I've been involved in research on spatial thinking in the geosciences. I am the lead PI on the Spatial Thinking Workbook project (with co-PIs Cathy Manduca, Basil Tikoff, and Tim Shipley). We are developing curricular materials to improve spatial thinking skills in upper-level undergraduate geoscience courses. Basil, Tim and I are also involved in research through SILC: the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center. For this project, we are investigating the breadth of spatial thinking skills and characterizing their development in individuals ranging from novices to experts.

This research has led to some exciting opportunities, including co-convening the 2013 Hedberg Conference on 3D Structural Geologic Interpretation and the 2012 On the Cutting Edge Spatial Thinking Journal Club.

Web-based Interactive Simulation Model of the Grand Canyon

WILSIM-GC is an interactive computer simulation designed to help undergraduate students understand and visualize the geologic processes that interacted to form the Grand Canyon over the past 10 million years. I am building the project website and am involved in developing the inquiry-based curricular materials that will accompany the model.

Neotoma

Neotoma is a Paleoecology Database. I am helping organize a workshop to develop teaching activities that incorporate the use of the database to understand the effects of climate change on plant and animal distributions.

Building Strong Geoscience Departments

I was a co-PI on the grant that created the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project. My original responsibilities included developing our online collections of resources and facilitating the associated workshops. I continue to manage the project website.

Past Projects

On the Cutting Edge

I started working for SERC in the fall of 2005. I had been a visiting assistant professor at a couple of small liberal arts colleges for the previous five years, so I was well-prepared for my first assignment: developing websites of resources for Early Career Faculty in the Geosciences and for graduate students and postdocs Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences. I also help facilitate the associated Cutting Edge workshops.

Over the years, I built on this foundation, helping to facilitate workshops and online journal clubs and developing the related Cutting Edge websites on a wide variety of topics. In some cases, I moved beyond a facilitator role to that of a co-convener. Websites I've developed for this project include the Role of Metacognition in Learning, Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences, Teaching About Rates and Time, and Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences.

InTeGrate

The InTeGrate project supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues. I helped facilitate the May 2012 InTeGrate workshop on Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability. This workshop built on outcomes from some of the program-level Building Strong Geoscience Departments workshops. I also developed web resources on undergraduate program design and development.

Publications and Presentations

Geoscience Education

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2014

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2013

Publications

Presentations

Jump down to 2011 * 2010 * 2009 * 2008 * 2007 and prior

2012

Publications

Presentations

  • Gagnier, Kristin, Kinnari Atit, Carol Ormand, and Thomas F. Shipley (2012). Teaching Penetrative Thinking via Progressive Alignment and Directed Sketching: Geological Society of America annual meeting (Charlotte, NC). See abstract.
  • Gagnier, Kristin, Kinnari Atit, Thomas F. Shipley, and Carol Ormand (2012). Improving Penetrative Thinking Skills for Geoscience Education: inter-Science of Learning Center (iSLC) Conference (San Diego, CA).
  • Ormand, Carol J., Cathryn A. Manduca, Steven C. Semken, Erica Crespi (2012). Teaching About Rates and Time: Challenges and Resources (Acrobat (PDF) 5.2MB Mar7 13): American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Shipley, Thomas F., Kinnari Atit, Cathryn A. Manduca, Carol J. Ormand, Ilyse Resnick, and Basil Tikoff (2012). Understanding geological processes: Visualization of rigid and non-rigid transformations: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).

2011

Presentations

  • Cervato, Cinzia, Cathryn Manduca, David Mogk, Carol Ormand, Thomas Shipley, and Trisha Smrecak (2011). Rates, Dates, and Geologic Time: A Journal Club Report on Teaching About Temporal Aspects of Geoscience (Acrobat (PDF) 15.2MB Nov9 11): Geological Society of America annual meeting (Minneapolis, MN). See abstract.
  • Fox, Sean, Ellen Iverson, Cathryn Manduca, Karin Kirk, John McDaris, Carol Ormand, and Monica Bruckner (2011). Supporting Faculty Learning About Teaching: The On the Cutting Edge Website: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Iverson, Ellen, Sabra Lee, Carol Ormand, Geoffrey Feiss, Heather Macdonald, Cathryn Manduca, and Randall Richardson (2011). Building Strong Geoscience Departments: Case Studies and Findings from Six Years of Programming: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Macdonald, Heather, Cathryn Manduca, Carol Ormand, Robyn Dunbar, Rachel Beane, Monica Bruckner, Timothy Bralower, Geoffrey Feiss, Barbara Tewksbury, and Katryn Wiese (2011). Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals: Needs, Strategies, Programs, and Online Resources: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Manduca, Cathryn, Timothy Bralower, Diane Clemens-Knott, Diane Doser, P. Geoffrey Feiss, R. Heather Macdonald, Carol Ormand, Dallas Rhodes, Randall M. Richardson, and Mary Savina (2011). Bringing Together Design and Evaluation to Understand Student Learning (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Nov7 11): Geological Society of America annual meeting (Minneapolis, MN). See abstract.
  • Manduca, Cathryn, David Blockstein, Timothy Bralower, Diane Doser, Anne Egger, P. Geoffrey Feiss, David Gosselin, Pamela Matson, David McConnell, and Carol Ormand (2011). InTeGrate-ing Geoscience Learning in Undergraduate Education: Geological Society of America annual meeting (Minneapolis, MN). See abstract.
  • Manduca, Cathryn, David Mogk, Kim Kastens, Basil Tikoff, Thomas Shipley, Carol Ormand, and David McConnell (2011). Geoscience Education Research: The Role of Collaborations with Education Researchers and Cognitive Scientists: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Murphy, Rachel, Carol Ormand, Laurel Goodwin, Thomas Shipley, Cathryn Manduca, and Basil Tikoff (2011). Improving Students' Visuo-Penetrative Thinking Skills Through Brief, Weekly Practice (Acrobat (PDF) 19.5MB Nov9 11): Geological Society of America annual meeting (Minneapolis, MN). See abstract.
  • Ormand, Carol, Thomas Shipley, Cathryn Manduca, and Basil Tikoff (2011). Improving Geoscience Students' Spatial Thinking Skills: Applying Cognitive Science Research in the Classroom (Acrobat (PDF) 3.2MB Mar8 12): American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Ormand, Carol, Cathryn Manduca, Heather Macdonald, Timothy Bralower, Diane Clemens-Knott, Diane Doser, Geoffrey Feiss, Dallas Rhodes, Randall Richardson, and Mary Savina (2011). Building Strong Geoscience Departments Through the Visiting Workshop Program (Acrobat (PDF) 6.1MB Mar8 12): American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).
  • Savina, Mary, Cherry Danielson, Deborah Gross, and Carol Ormand (2011). Imagining the "Ideal Student": Helping Faculty Focus on What's Really Important to Assess (Acrobat (PDF) 610kB Mar18 11): Association of American Colleges and Universities meeting on General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now (Chicago, IL). (Associated handout (Acrobat (PDF) 117kB Mar18 11).)
  • Shipley, Thomas, Cathryn Manduca, Carol Ormand, and Basil Tikoff (2011). Spatiotemporal Thinking in the Geosciences: American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA).

2010

Publications

  • Jee, Benjamin D., David Uttal, Dedre Gentner, Cathryn Manduca, Thomas Shipley, Brad Sageman, Carol J. Ormand, & Basil Tikoff (2010). Analogical thinking in geoscience education: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 58, n. 1, pp. 2-13.
  • Manduca, Cathryn A., David W. Mogk, Barbara Tewksbury, R. Heather Macdonald, Sean P. Fox, Ellen R. Iverson, Karin Kirk, John McDaris, Carol Ormand, and Monica Bruckner (2010). SPORE: Science Prize for Online Resources in Education: On the Cutting Edge: Teaching Help For Geoscience Faculty: Science, v. 327, no. 5969, pp. 1095-1096.

Presentations

2009

Presentations

2008

Presentations

  • Macdonald, R. Heather, Richelle M. Allen-King, Robyn Wright Dunbar, Cathryn A. Manduca and Carol J. Ormand (2008). A Course of One's Own: Issues, Challenges, and Resources for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Early Career Faculty: Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, TX). See abstract.
  • Manduca, Cathryn, R. Heather Macdonald, P. Geoffrey Feiss, Randall M. Richardson, and Carol J. Ormand (2008). Building Strong Geoscience Departments: Resources and Opportunities (Acrobat (PDF) 3.4MB Dec11 08): American Geophysical Union fall meeting (San Francisco, CA). Eos Trans. AGU, 89 (53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED31A-0577.
  • Manduca, Cathryn, R. Heather Macdonald, P. Geoffrey Feiss, Randall M. Richardson, Timothy J. Bralower, Carolyn H. Eyles, and Carol J. Ormand (2008). Geoscience Departments and the Workforce: Bringing Together Student Interests and Industry Needs: Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, TX). See abstract.
  • Manduca, Cathryn, Dedre Gentner, Mark P. Holden, Carol J. Ormand, Benjamin Jee, Bradley B. Sageman, Thomas F. Shipley, Basil Tikoff and David H. Uttal (2008). Geoscience Perception: Expert and Novice Experience of Graphs, Outcrops, and Landscapes: Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, TX). See abstract.
  • Ormand, Carol, Karin Kirk, R. Heather Macdonald, Cathryn Manduca, and Barbara Tewksbury (2008). NEW Online Resources for Teaching Introductory-Level Geoscience Courses (Acrobat (PDF) 24MB Oct14 08): Geological Society of America annual meeting (Houston, TX). See abstract.
  • Richardson, Randall M. and Carol J. Ormand (2008). Survey of Geoscience Departments Finds Shared Goals and Challenges. (Acrobat (PDF) 415kB Oct1 08) Eos, v. 89, n. 27, p. 242-243. Abstract available on the AGU site.

2007 and prior

Presentations

Van Hise Rock, Baraboo, WI

Structural Geology

Publications

Presentations

Experience

Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2005-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 2002-2005
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, 2000-2002
Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1992-2000
Adjunct Instructor, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1997

Education

Ph. D. in Structural Geology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2000

B. A. in Mathematics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1989

Hobbies

I'm a bit of a fanatic about traditional American contra and square dancing and music; to see what I mean, check out my dance homepage.

I also enjoy quilting. For my first quilting project, I combined these two interests and made a dance t-shirt quilt, as you can see in this photo. (Click on the image to see it up close and personal.)



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