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.

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Website Content Contributions

Activities (7)

GeoClick: Sedimentary Environments part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Spatial Reasoning with GeoClick Questions:Examples
Students apply their understanding of sedimentary rocks and sediment characteristics to identify where rocks may be forming using a simplified cross-section of a landscape from mountain to sea.

Conference Presentations (31)

Anyone Can Be An Geoscientist: The Impact of Diverse Representation From Draw-an-Earth-Scientist Tests (DAEST) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Poster Sessions:Monday Poster Session
The geosciences have the lowest participation rates of historically marginalized individuals in science positions, and are a field where people who "discover" the major often mostly see historical ...

Other Contributions (19)

Increasing Representation of Diverse Geoscientists with Geoscientist Spotlights in Introductory Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Afternoon Mini-Workshops
Geoscientist Spotlights, modeled off of Scientist Spotlights, offer an opportunity for more students to see themselves as geoscientists. These short, reflective writing assignments can be used across a wide range ...


Workshop Leader (5 workshops)

Workshop Participant (55 workshops)

Coaching your TAs to use effective teaching strategies in introductory Earth science courses
April 2022
Strengthening Engagement between Disciplinary Societies and Community Colleges
January 2022
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2021
July 2021

Webinar Leader

Webinar Participant (12 webinars)