Mitchell Bender-Awalt

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

Mitchell's SERC profile


I became a part of the SERC web team in the fall of 2017. I am involved in developing and maintaining web content, supporting webinars and workshops, and participating in education research and evaluation projects.


My research background is in structural geology and metamorphic petrology. My work focused on ocean-continent convergent margins, where metamorphosed and deformed oceanic crust can be used to track the evolution of these plate margins. Before joining SERC I was an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Thomas where I taught courses on Structural Geology and Field Methods. 

Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Conference Presentations (3)

Designing Successful Student Field Experiences: Resources and Strategies part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Field experiences provide impactful learning and growth opportunities for students in STEM and allied fields. There are many benefits ascribed to instruction in the field, including opportunities for learning in ...

Monitoring and measuring the development of earth education pathways: Strategies learned from the EarthConnections project part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
A critical aspect of program assessment involves establishing a process for progress monitoring and measurement. Monitoring and measurement can identify early signs of success or unanticipated obstacles. ...

Using MATLAB to Teach Computational and Quantitative Thinking Skills in STEM Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Teaching computational skills and science content in a single course is challenging. Adding to the challenge, many STEM courses incorporate advanced mathematics, unfamiliar hardware, and complex instrumentation. ...

Other Contribution (1)

Facilitating Departmental, Programmatic, and Curricular Change through Traveling Workshops part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Transforming Institutions Conference:Program:Poster Presentations
Academic departments and programs in higher education face challenges in adapting to shifting institutional priorities, fluctuating budgets, evolving research landscapes, and changing employment prospects for ...


Workshop Leader

Workshop Participant (22 workshops)

Webinar Participant (42 webinars)

Using an American Museum of Natural History Teaching Case to Analyze and Interpret Patterns of Ice Mass Loss in Greenland and Antarctica
January 2021 Staff
Building Inclusive STEM Communities through Partnership with Students
December 2020 Staff
Developing a Sense of Place During Distance Learning
November 2020 Staff