Hayley Joyell Smith

University of Georgia

The best way to learn about me is to visit my website:http://www.hayleyjoyellsmith.com

Born and raised in Indiana I adopted a mid-west work ethic. After graduating from Hanover College with a double-major in Geology and Philosophy I moved to Asheville, North Carolina. There I cultivated a wide array of science teaching skills at Hanger Hall School for Girls. During my time in the classroom and leading weekly field trips I noticed that blending scientific inquiry and acknowledging varying cultural perspectives created a dynamic learning environment. 

Later I narrowed my focus to water education in Western North Carolina. Through AmeriCorps Conserve, I served as a regional water education coordinator at RiverLink. I developed locally-based curriculum, created a 3D model illustrating the urban water system, and collaborated on the educational video. 

I recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Earth Science from North Carolina State University. There I studied under Dr. David McConnell and was part of the Geoscience Learning Process Research Group, which is the leading team of geoscience education researchers in the country. My thesis: What Do Students Find Relevant in an Introductory Geology Course? Implications for Changing Students’ Attitudes About the Relevance of Geoscience. 

Workshop Participant, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Essay (1)

Transfering Observations into Reserach: Looking at the Student Perspective part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches:Essays
Hayley Joyell Smith, , North Carolina State University at Raleigh Incorporating environmental justice into a classroom presents a rich opportunity to illustrate how geoscience can solve one of the world's ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Insights and Learning Gains from a Novel Water and Wastewater Systems Module part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday Poster Session
Integrating water and wastewater systems (toilet systems) into geoscience courses highlights the relevance of human actions on the water, carbon, and nutrient systems. It also presents an opportunity to introduce ...