Elizabeth Nagy

Pasadena City College

Elizabeth Nagy is a SAGE 2YC local workshop leader and an instructor at Pasadena City College. She co-convened the 2015 workshop ROAD MAPS TO COMPLETION: A Workshop on Curriculum/Transfer Alignment at Pasedena City College and the 2013 workshop Geoscience Careers for Today's 2YC Students at Mt. San Antonio College. She is also the liaison between the InTeGrate Project (she is a co-PI) and the SAGE 2YC Advisory Committee. Previously she was a leader for the 2007 Teacher Preparation Workshop (part of the Preparing Teachers to Teach Earth Science project), and the 2009 workshop Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences (Part of the On The Cutting Edge project)

Nagy served on the Board and was Chair of the GSA Geoscience Education Division and a member-at-large on the GSA Education Committee, the coordinator (similar to a chair position) for the PCC Geology Department, and a regular contributor to the campus Middle School Girls' Science Days. As a co-PI on the NSF-funded project InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future), her role is to ensure that 2YC faculty and institutions are included in all elements of the project, from materials design/development to assessment to classroom testing to dissemination. She has a career profile that describes her career path and employment situation.

Nagy has contributed several activities to SERC collections including Ordeal by Check: An introductory activity about the Nature of Science, which she uses in a science capstone laboratory class for pre-service teachers, The Usefulness of Tidal Charts, and Getting a Grip on Hydrogen Bonds both of which she uses in her oceanography course.


Nagy teaches four courses per semester. Usually three of her courses each semester are a combination of introductory physical geology plus lab, Earth science plus lab for pre-service teachers, and/or oceanography lecture. She also teaches one field course per semester that involves four days of field trips.


Pasadena City College is a large, single-campus 2YC in the Los Angeles area. It serves over 32,000 students, 41% of whom are Hispanic or Latino.