Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Barbara Bekken has held a part-time faculty position in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech since 1993. She has studied how student development affects learning through an experimental general education program that used the theme of sustainability to investigate how various disciplines inform interdisciplinary issues. Beginning in 2000, she created two new courses to address deficiencies in student understanding of the methods of the geosciences, student competencies in scientific writing and speaking, and student preparation for potential careers. She has also worked to revise laboratory curricula in introductory geoscience labs. Her current project is focused on revising the geoscience program curriculum.