Cathy Manduca

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

As Director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College I lead our work to improve education guiding projects to completion, developing new directions, raising funds and managing our staff. I am the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) where I work to ensure that the organization is financially healthy, running smoothly and most important maximizing its support for learning about the Earth. I am the lead PI for InTeGrate, the NSF STEP Center in the Geosciences which aims to transform geoscience education so that students of all kinds have opportunities to learn about the Earth in the context of the resource and environmental issues faced by civilization today. My work includes organizing workshops and other activities for faculty and educators of all types, developing web-resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion, and researching learning by geoscientists, faculty and students. Topics of focus include bringing research results on teaching and learning into broader use in the geosciences, understanding geoscience expertise, and building strong geoscience departments. I am the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the American Geophysical Union, the National Academy of Science Board on Science Education, and as retiring chair of the AAAS Education Section.

Project Leader, Webinar Leader, Workshop Leader, Website Contributor

Project Leader

Intro to InTeGrate part of Integrate
Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future: Materials for Faculty and Instructors Classroom Tested, Peer Reviewed and Designed to Fit into Your Course Explore the Teaching Materials » Support Sustainability ...

Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning:Synthesis Study
This project synthesizes existing knowledge and articulates unanswered questions in critical areas of research on cognition and learning relevant to the Geosciences.

Bringing MARGINS Research into the Classroom part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom
A series of workshops devoted to the development of classroom-ready web-based mini-lessons incorporating MARGINS Data.

On the Cutting Edge part of Cutting Edge
The On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty brings together workshops, websites, and research activities to support highest quality undergraduate geoscience education.

Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
This site is designed to help faculty and graduate students learn about instructional methods for teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses.

Research on Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning
This site has many important lessons that can improve teaching in the geosciences and brings together resources for faculty, teachers and curriculum developers working in the geosciences including

DLESE Community Services Center part of DLESE Community Services
The Digital Library for Earth Science Education Community Service Center seeks to increase and diversify the current resource user and contributor base, improve the ability of users and contributors to easily find, adapt, and effectively use high quality digital resources.

Website Content Contributions

Essays (8)

Connecting Learning to Action through Local Communities part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College Over the last 8 years, the InTeGrate project has worked to bring together learning about the Earth with an understanding of the societal problems this knowledge can help address. ...

Conference Presentations (28)

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 ...

Other Contributions (18)

Research on Institutional Change and Professional Development part of NAGT:Our Work:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Institutional Change and Professional Development
Download a pdf of this chapterKelsey Bitting, Northeastern University; Leilani Arthurs, University of Colorado at Boulder; LeeAnna Chapman, University of San Diego; Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary; ...


Workshop Leader (84 workshops)

ITG 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop
April 2019
Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB Workshop 2018
October 2018
Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB Workshop 2017
October 2017

Workshop Participant (29 workshops)

Project EDDIE Module Development Workshop 2019
October 2019
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2019 Attendees
July 2019
Engaging Environmental Justice in Geoscience Courses
December 2018

Webinar Leader (4 webinars)

Webinar Participant (4 webinars)