Katherine Ryker

Geography and Geology, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

University of South Carolina-Columbia

I am an Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education at the University of South Carolina, and have served the NAGT Geoscience Education Research division as Secretary (2014-2017), Vice President, President and Past President (2017-2020). 


My primary research interests revolve around 1) interventions in introductory geoscience classes (especially labs) to improve cognitive and affective learning goals, and 2) teaching professional development (faculty, graduate teaching assistants and pre- and in-service teachers). This includes exploring connections between reformed teaching practices, student learning, teaching beliefs, and the implementation of inquiry-based geoscience labs. Other specific topics I am interested in include the use of augmented and virtual reality in geoscience programs and how teachers develop their beliefs and identities over time.

I am always open to establishing new collaborations! Please let me know if you're interested in tackling a question together.

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Activities (5)

Implementing the Geoscience Education Research Project as a Poster in Intro Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Share-a-Thon:Share-a-Thon Presentations
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results as described by Karen M. Kortz here: ...

Conference Presentations (21)

Friday Session B part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Friday B
Friday Session B Skip to Main ContentSkip to Navigation Your Account Earth ...

Other Contributions (16)

Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Morning Workshops:Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses
Inquiry based laboratory activities in undergraduate introductory geoscience courses are important opportunities to engage students in face-to-face and online environments. Often, laboratory activities are ...


Workshop Leader (4 workshops)

Workshop Participant (35 workshops)

EER 2020 Art and Field Sketching
July 2020
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2019 Attendees
July 2019
Universal Design in Earth Education : Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience
July 2018

Webinar Participant (9 webinars)