Rory McFadden

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Gustavus Adolphus College

I earned my BS in Geology-Biology from the University of Rochester in 2001, my MS in Geology from the University of Wyoming in 2004, and PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2009. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 2000-2010 and I was an assistant professor of geological sciences at Salem State University from 2010-2015. I work at the Science Education Resource Center on web page development and faculty professional development. For more information, see my SERC staff page

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Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Assesing the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp part of Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This activity has students determine the angle of subduction using GeoMapApp. Students use datasets available within GeoMapApp to examine the influence of the age of oceanic lithosphere and convergence rate on the ...

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Reading and responding to geological journal articles part of Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
This a semester long activity for students in a plate tectonics course will be read one (or two) geological journal articles every other week on the major topics covered in the course. Students will submit reading ...

Course (1)

Plate Tectonics part of Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Courses
A systematic treatment of the geology and geophysics of plate tectonics, based on present knowledge of the structure and physical properties of the Earth's interior. Included are present kinematics of plate ...

Conference Presentations (4)

The use of data analysis and quantitative skills in undergraduate geoscience courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday A
Quantitative tools and data analysis techniques are important for the success of geoscience majors in a variety of careers, and are important for many non-scientists who need quantitative reasoning skills for ...

A comparison of self-reported teaching practices related to development of students' quantitative, data analysis, problem-solving, and communication skills in introductory geoscience courses at two-year colleges and four-year colleges part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Community colleges are a main entry point to post-secondary education for many students, particularly for minority students, first-generation college students, students from low-income families and older students. ...

Reformed teaching in geoscience classrooms: How engaged are our students and what can we do to engage them more? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday B
A team of trained observers made direct observations of 204 unique geoscience classes across the US using the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). Observed classes were taught by faculty of diverse ...

Expanding the perspective and offerings of the Traveling Workshop Program part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) has been strengthening departments and courses by offering workshop opportunities for departments and groups to examine such topics as program design, curriculum mapping, ...

Other Contribution (1)

Thursday A: Professional Development: Faculty, graduate students and teachers part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday A
Thursday A: Professional Development: Faculty, graduate students and teachers Your Account ...