Kristin O'Connell

TRIO Student Support Services

Carleton College

I am currently a member of the TRIO/Student Support Services staff at Carleton College. In my role as Quantitative Skills Coordinator, I am working with students, staff, and faculty to develop strategies and programming to help support TRIO students in their quantitative endeavors. 

Previously, I worked with SERC on website development, professional development, education research, assessment, and evaluation in order to understand and improve STEM education. 

At SERC I managed and analyzed data from student assessments and surveys; supported the planning, implementation, and products of face-to-face and virtual workshops and meetings; developed websites on teaching materials, active pedagogic techniques, and research on learning; and helped troubleshoot day-to-day operations. I have been involved with On the Cutting Edge workshops and website design; the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science & Math Initiative (CISMI), including the broadening access cohorts (FOCUS, CSSF, and CSSI) evaluation; Sustainability Improves Student Learning project management; GeoPRISMS project assistance and evaluation, InTeGrate website and assessment manager, inaugural Earth Educators' Rendezvous project manager, and more.

Sample Work

I have helped design and re-design a number of webpages, each with unique audiences and intents. All of the designs have benefited from the input of the SERC webteam, relevant project teams, and from updated CMS design features from Sean Fox and Matt Lauer.

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I have acted as a project manager for the inaugural Earth Educators' Rendezvous. In this role, I developed the website with Matt Lauer, organized and attended planning committee meetings, helped invite, track the status of, and work with 40 workshop leaders, managed distribution and progress of workshop website tasks, served on Contributed Program Committee to organize all abstracts into oral and poster sessions, helped inform conference chairs of progress on all fronts to help move things forward, and helped with on-site logistics and advertising. The website and chrome are designed to help effectively manage a large-scale, multi-year conference, anticipating the need of a flexible program view to a number of crosscutting audiences in a professional and logical manner for use both prior and during the event. The website leverages current and new Serckit tools from Matt Lauer and Sean Fox.
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I have worked with the GeoPRISMS community to bring MARGINS research into the classroom in a number of capacities. In particular, I assisted the leadership team with project planning, webinar and workshop planning, working with curriculum author teams, and website design. The author teams worked over a two year period to design, test, and publish teaching materials that highlight important MARGINS research findings. The website is designed to help the user easily access these materials and navigate between the materials.
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The On the Cutting Edge front page re-design aims to:
  • Continue to provide easy to follow links to all Cutting Edge materials 
  • Provide easy access to the NAGT/On the Cutting Edge professional development workshop schedule and results
  • Emphasize the pivotal roll of the geoscience community in the Cutting Edge program and strong teaching materials
  • Feature the peer-reviewed exemplary activities teaching collection
  • Highlight the supporting role of program contributors and NAGT membership
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The NAGT Teaching Resources, Teaching Undergraduate Geoscience, and Workshops page re-designs are aimed at increasing visibility and access to all NAGT sponsored geoscience education teaching materials and professional development pieces. Many materials were originally created by different project teams and grants, and the new site design makes it easier to access all of the materials and easier to move between the materials. This will also be supported by new a recommender system (designed by Matt Lauer) that will allow users to easily find relevant content.
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The InTeGrate Materials Development Timeline page is an example of a webpage that I helped design to support an internal group. In this case, a large group of faculty are authoring new teaching materials in teams, and the website provides support and documentation of that process for a number of audiences (authors, team leads, assessment team, project team, external evaluation team, and administrative team).


I have a passion for teaching and geoscience education, and have taught high-school Earth Science and Marine Science formally, and have informally taught everywhere else (in coffee shops, while hiking, while leading canoe trips, in the teachers lounge, etc). As a contracting geologist for the National Museum of Natural History, at the Smithsonian Institution, I helped manage and update the Meteorite Research Collection for improved preservation and accessibility, responded to public meteorite identification requests, and helped design educational displays for the exhibit hall. I also have a limited background in geotechnical engineering, where I was mostly involved with landslide mapping, fault trenching, and monitoring public infrastructure.

University of California, Davis, MS 2009, Thesis: Sedimentology, Structural Geology, and Paleomagnetism of the Ghost Rocks Formation; Kodiak Islands, Alaska. My research has focused on large-scale tectonic movements, combining tectonic, structural geologic, sedimentologic, and paleomagnetic data.

Carleton College, Northfield, MN, BA 2004, Thesis: Ages, geochemistry, and field relationships of mafic dikes along the Wrangell Transect, Southeast Alaska.

  • O'Connell, Kristin, Bruckner, M.Z., Manduca, C.A., Gosselin, D.C. (2016) Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth with the InTeGrate WebsiteJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, V6, I2, pp 354-359.

  • O'Connell, K., Gosselin, D., Bruckner, M., Manduca, C., (2015) Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website (Acrobat (PDF) 9.3MB Nov3 15), Earth Educators' Rendezvous, Boulder, CO (Abstract

  • O'Connell, Kristin (2014) Supporting interdisciplinary teaching about the Earth with the InTeGrate website, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • O'Connell, Kristin, Monica Z. Bruckner, Susan M. Buhr, David C. Gosselin, Karin B. Kirk, Krista Larsen, Tamara Shapiro Ledley, Cathryn A. Manduca, David W. Mogk, and Katryn Wiese (2012) Sustainability and Climate Change Teaching Resources, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 371 (Abstract)
  • (Presented for Iverson) Iverson, E.,McMartin, F., Morgan, G., Morrill, J., Larsen, K. (2012) Evaluating Faculty and Student Use of Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning. Evaluation 2012: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN


Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Teaching Method Module (1)

Engaged Pedagogies part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Engaged Pedagogies
Karl A. Smith, University of Minnesota & Purdue University Kristin O'Connell, SERC, Carleton College Congratulations on considering Engaged Pedagogies for your students! This module provides insights into ...

Conference Presentations (2)

Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
One of the main project goals of InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, is to greatly increase the number of undergraduate students that are ready to creatively, effectively, ...

A Curricular Audit Process for Faculty Developers of Student-Centered Curricula that Meld Geoscience and Societal Issues part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
We designed and refined a curriculum auditing methodology to support faculty authors preparing materials for the Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. Authors with ...