Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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.
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.
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
What could the President do? part of Earth and Mind:Posts
How could the President help improve our ability to teach undergraduates? By helping the nation understand that teaching is a sophisticated skill, by encouraging colleges and universities to support their faculty ...
Geoscience Departments at Risk part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Strategies for making your department an invaluable asset to your institution
Writers are Made not Born part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on improving geoscience students writing skills
Systems Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Tom Friedman's recent article shows the importance of a systems approach to our society. Teaching this approach is one of our most important contributions to students education.
A Well Graded Trail part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on structuring work on both short and long time scales to increase productivity and avoid burn out.
By Way of Introduction part of Earth and Mind:Posts
What Cathy plans to talk about in her posts and a few rules for engagement.
Self-Reflections from the Field: Pressure Release Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
On the value of pressure-release thinking and serendiptiy time in supporting a creative professional life.
Conference Presentations (10)
A Curricular Audit Process for Faculty Developers of Student-Centered Curricula that Meld Geoscience and Societal Issues part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
We designed and refined a curriculum auditing methodology to support faculty authors preparing materials for the Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. Authors with ...
Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
One of the main project goals of InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, is to greatly increase the number of undergraduate students that are ready to creatively, effectively, ...
Assessing validity of the Geoscience Literacy Exam (GLE) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The Geoscience Literacy Exam (GLE) consists of 52 multiple choice and 30 essay questions that align with the content presented in four literacy documents: Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate. For each literacy ...
Replicating the effects ongoing treatment through sustained networks: the Impact of the On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty (CE) on faculty learning about teaching part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
An interview study of 15 geoscience faculty characterized how some Cutting Edge (CE) workshop participants develop networks of support to sustain changes in teaching, following a workshop experience. These networks ...
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Unlike many problems of the past climate change is impacting and will impact a broad cross section of society. In order to respond, manage, and adapt to those change citizens of all ages need accurate, up to date ...
Geoscience Education Research: A Brief History, Context and Opportunities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
DBER combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of discipline-specific science content. It describes the discipline-specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and ...
On the Cutting Edge: Demonstrating Impact on Teaching part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Established in 2002 with funding from NSF, more than 1800 geoscience faculty, post-docs and graduate students have participated in On the Cutting Edge (CE) professional development workshops. The CE website, ...
Broadening Access to STEM and Geoscience through Support for the Whole Student part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Over the last decade, the percentage of students from underrepresented minorities (URM) graduating with geoscience degrees has increased dramatically. But progress has been faster across the whole of STEM and in ...
Broadening Participation through a Community-Building Approach in STEM: Carleton College's Cohort Program Components and Evaluation part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Cohort programs supporting students' sense of belonging, support for learning, and drive to succeed have been instrumental in increasing successful completion of STEM majors by members of underrepresented ...
InTeGrate: A Systems Approach to Transforming Higher Education part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Now in its fourth year, the InTeGrate project seeks to transform teaching and learning about the Earth in higher education. Traditionally, focusing on Earth processes and Earth history, geoscience is taught in ...
Workshop Leader (76 workshops)