Innovative Approaches to Teaching Sedimentary Geology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology

June 16-20, 2014
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

This workshop has already taken place. Check out the Workshop Program to see presentations and other materials from the workshop.

This workshop brough together faculty who teach courses in sedimentary geology, geomorphology, paleontology, marine geology, and paleoclimatology to address questions of how to teach these disciplines most effectively at the undergraduate level. What innovative strategies can we use to integrate aspects of all of these disciplines into the courses that we teach for majors? How can we help students develop a more integrated approach to understanding processes and addressing research questions within and between these fields? What knowledge and skills in these areas are particularly critical for undergraduate geoscience majors? What are the over-arching methodologies that we should be teaching our students who wish to pursue future interdisciplinary work in these areas? This workshop was an exciting collaborative effort addressing these and related issues in order to help faculty teach undergraduates these disciplines most effectively.

This workshop follows on previous successful On the Cutting Edge "Teaching XYZ" workshops that address the individual disciplines themselves but that focus especially on the intersections and synergies among and between disciplines (e.g., Teaching Hydrogeology, Soils, and Low-T Geochemistry, Teaching Structural Geology, Geophysics, and Tectonics and Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry). Participants will also help to build and review the On the Cutting Edge online collection of teaching materials and resources.


  • Heather Macdonald (College of William & Mary)
  • Tom Hickson (University of St. Thomas)
  • Bob Gastaldo (Colby College)
  • Karen Gran (University of Minnesota Duluth)
  • Kevin Theissen (University of St Thomas)

Go to workshop overview.

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by NAGT, and a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education and other contributing sponsors.

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