Geography and Earth Science
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
I am an Associate Professor at Shippensburg University and am lucky to live and teach in the Cumberland Valley of south-central Pennsylvania. I am broadly interested in soft rock geology as well as marine and coastal geoscience. I teach 11 different courses for non-majors, as well as majors at both the undergraduate and masters levels. I am particularly interested in ways that teaching and learning can be improved through the use of technology and inquiry-based learning.
Although, I have ongoing research projects on the Ordovician, I am currently engaged in an NSF-funded CCLI grant to develop and integrate geophysics throughout our undergraduate curriculum. Together with four colleagues, we have been working to enhance our undergraduate courses using Ground Penetrating Radar, Electrical Resistivity, and Magnetics. I also teach and carryout research at the Marine Science Consortium, in Wallops Island, Virginia. In this capacity, I am currently collaborating with Dr. Adrienne Oakley (Kutztown University) on shoreline mapping and monitoring on both Assateague and Wallops Islands. These projects range from shell bed analyses, to water quality monitoring in the coastal bays including Chincoteague Bay, to sediment
transport histories and barrier island migration patterns. In addition to teaching in coastal Virginia, I also take students to the Keys Marine Lab in Florida, and to Curacao in the former Netherlands Antilles where we explore the many linkages between natural history and human history.
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Course Modules (3)
Module 4: Understanding Sea-Level Change part of Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
In this module we explore how scientists define and measure sea level in the first place. We explore how sea level changes from one day to the next, one season to the next, one year to the next, and beyond. We ...
Module 5: Coastal Catastrophes: Storms and Tsunamis part of Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
Without a doubt, coastal storms and tsunamis are among the most devastating natural hazards to impact human societies. Even seemingly small hurricanes and nor'easters have the capacity to do significant damage ...
Long- and Short-term Processes of Change and Their Impacts on Society part of Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
Authors: Sean Cornell and Diane Maygarden Summary and Overview In this section: Module 4: Understanding Sea-Level Change Module 5: Coastal Catastrophes: Storms and Tsunamis Module 6: Impacts on the Societies and ...
Exploring Evidence of Plate Tectonics Using GeoMapApp part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
This activity requires students to explore a range of datasets that help substantiate Plate Tectonic Theory. Students investigate plate tectonic environments (convergent, divergent, transform boundaries), topography/bathymetry of continents and ocean basins, the distribution and pattern of earthquakes, the distribution of volcanoes, as well as ages of the sea-floor, and more.
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Establishing relevance as a way to motivate introductory students part of Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
This assignment ask students to do oral interviews with at least five people and online research on professional geology organizations and their missions. Using these interviews and research, students are to write ...
Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society part of Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
This blended and online course will provide students with a global perspective of coastal landscapes, the processes responsible for their formation, diversity, and change over time, as well as societal responses to ...
Introduction to Geology part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
The course covers basic concepts in geology and engages students in hands-on, learning activities integrated with lecture and field experiences. Small group lab activities (mineral identification, rock ...
Field-experiences in every geoscience class: the key to facilitating developmentally appropriate instruction part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Field-experiences in every geoscience class: the key to facilitating developmentally appropriate instruction Sean Cornell, Geography and Earth Science, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Whether planning for ...
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Faculty Reflection: Sean Cornell part of Integrate:Program Design:Implementation Programs:Shippensburg University:Faculty Reflections
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Course(s): Introduction to Geology and Physical Geology A Success Story in Programmatic Change Overall, InTeGrate materials are clearly well done and cover a very wide range ...
Sean Cornell: Using Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania part of Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
This course is composed of four units and 12 modules. It provides a global perspective of coastal landscapes, the processes responsible for their formation, diversity, and change through time, as well as societal responses to changes in the coastal zones of the planet. Active learning elements include analyzing real data sets (e.g. beach geomorphology measurements, tide gauge data, tsunami propagation data, etc.) and applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to real-world coastal issues that affect diverse groups of human populations based on a range of demographic parameters. Students must complete a capstone project in which they consider a real world coastal issue from a list of approved cities.