Christopher Atchison

Science Education

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Dr. Chris Atchison is an Associate Professor of Geoscience Education, affiliated in both the School of Education and the Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati.  His research focuses on enhancing access and inclusion in the Earth sciences through experiential learning opportunities for students with sensory and orthopedic disabilities.  A former middle school science teacher, Dr. Atchison teaches a range of courses in undergraduate science methods, graduate level research methods, as well as various field courses in Geology.  Additionally, Atchison is a Past-Chair of the Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America and the Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD).  The IAGD ( is an organization charged with advocating for improved access to the geoscience disciplines for students and geoscientists with disabilities, while identifying current research opportunities and instructional best practices that promotes full inclusion.  

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Essay (1)

An Urban University's Approach to Broadening Participation in Geoscience Training Programs part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences:Essays
Chris Atchison, Geosciences, Georgia State University Georgia State University's campus is situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the state capital. GSU has an extremely diverse student body ...

Conference Presentations (3)

The impact of inclusion: A student's perspective of participating in a fully-accessible geoscience field course part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Students with disabilities are commonly marginalized from full participation in field-based geoscience courses due to the inherent challenges of accessibility. However, in order to increase the number and ...

Developing active student engagement and collaboration through the use of mobile technologies in inclusively-designed field courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
Geoscience field studies are a common requirement for undergraduate degree programs in the geosciences. Instructional methods in traditional field-based courses combined with the rugged natural environment create ...

Access and inclusion from the perspective of current departmental practice part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Many traditionally-designed geoscience courses and field-experiences are unintentionally presenting barriers to active participation for students with disabilities (SWD). As such, these barriers are potentially ...

Other Contributions (2)

International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) part of EarthConnections:Program Descriptions
The IAGD is a global network of higher education faculty, staff and students, geoscience industry representatives, disabilities education researchers and anyone interested in fostering accessible science. Our goal is to provide training and support to promote inclusive communities of research, instruction, and active engagement for students, faculty, and geoscience practitioners with disabilities. The IAGD has led the development and implementation of accessible and inclusively-designed classroom and field-based instructional strategies that minimize the barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities.

Professional Certificate in GIS, Georgia State University part of Strong Geoscience Departments:Degree Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Chris Atchison, Georgia State University. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree. Program Design ...