Pennsylvania Western University - California
I received my BS in Geology with a minor in Hydrogeology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in May 2000. After a year in the work force, I began a PhD program at the University at Buffalo, in the Department of Geology. My dissertation focused on novel approaches to calibration of large-scale groundwater flow models.
My teaching career began as a Teaching Assistant for the University at Buffalo Field Camp in the summer of 2001. In Fall 2004, I took on my first classroom teaching with one course each at University at Buffalo and Erie Community College. In Spring 2005, I took on the role of full-time temporary instructor at Buffalo State College where I stayed through the Spring of 2006. Later that year, I was hired as a full-time temporary Geology faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I remained for one year. In Fall 2007, I began my tenure track at California University of Pennsylvania, a state-owned, 4-year institution south of Pittsburgh, PA. I was hired ABD and completed my dissertation in May of 2008. I am still at CalU, having achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor along the way.
Our Geology program is a traditional BS in Geology, which went from a single faculty (myself) to a faculty of two in Spring 2013. The program continues to expand and evolve, especially due to our unique position in the robust energy haven of the Appalachian Basin. We've been fortunate to have students move into a variety of positions with energy companies in natural gas and coal, environmental firms serving those energy interests, and geotechnical firms helping to develop our region. In addition, several students have moved on to graduate programs around the country. I am fortunate to work at a school where the students work hard, they have an appreciation for the outdoors and working in the field, and my departmental colleagues are supportive of a lot of the crazy ideas I put forward to continue to grow the program.
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Tectonics of Fiction part of Structural Geology and Tectonics:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This writing project of our Tectonics course is assigned at the start of the semester and due near the end. It is a group project that encourages creativity, cooperation, and synthesis of an entire ...
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Sedimentology and Stratigraphy part of Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Courses
EAS 423 is an upper-level course required for majors in Geology and recommended for majors in Environmental Earth Science at our institution. The main topis are recognition and description of sedimentary rocks, ...
Structural Geology (EAS 425) part of Structural Geology and Tectonics:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
Conventional Structural Geology course with a primary focus on recognizing and measuring structure. Considerable time is spent on graphical analysis of structures (3-point problems, stereonets, remote and field ...
Introduction to Geology part of Introductory Courses:Courses
Introduction to Geology is a survey of the major topics within the geology discipline. There is a strong emphasis on solid earth principles and earth materials during the first half of the semester while the second ...
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Strategies for engaging with Teach the Earth online resources part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Poster Sessions:Posters
Have you been overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources on Teach the Earth? Have you wished for more guidance on how to navigate the Teach the Earth Portal? Would you like to contribute to the community of ...
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Professional Development for Higher Education Science Faculty that Improves Student Learning part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Round Table Discussions
Are you a higher education science faculty member who is or would like to create a professional development experience for your faculty that is most likely to impact student learning? In this roundtable, we will ...
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