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 (4)

The Geological Tactile Image Repository: A Digital Resource Collection to Support Instructors of Blind and Low-Vision Geoscience Students part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Oral Sessions:Oral Session IV
To support instructors of Blind and low-vision students and to make the visual component of geoscience more accessible to all students regardless of ability, we have developed a online repository of tactile images ...

Other Contributions (3)

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 ...

Accessible and inclusive: An evolution of universally-designed teaching and learning in geoscience field courses part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Structural Geology and Tectonics:2022 Structure and Tectonics Forum:Abstracts
Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati Abstract Regardless of the discipline, field-based coursework places an implicit prerequisite on the physical ability needed to navigate the often rugged, ...