Peter Berquist

Thomas Nelson Community College

Peter Berquist is a SAGE 2YC local workshop leader and an instructor at Thomas Nelson Community College. He co-convened the 2013 workshop Forging Professional Opportunities between Community Colleges and the Workforce at Thomas Nelson Community College, the 2014 workshop Supporting the Whole Student: Strategies for Success in the Classroom, Transferring, and Finding Professional Opportunities at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and the 2015 workshop Supporting Student Success for Under-prepared 2YC Students and Students with Disabilities at the College of William and Mary.

Berquist contributed the activity "Help a Geochronologist" to the Geo2YC collection. His essay "Is Workforce Training The Critical Link To Get Students Engaged?" describes how he uses geoscience employment skills and information to engage his students. You can read how he and others developed the Jobs in Geosciences Speaker Series at Thomas Nelson Community College. He also provides information about the Thomas Nelson Community College Geoscience program for the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project.


Berquist teaches Physical Geology (lecture/lab and online), Historical Geology (lecture/lab), and various field courses.

Professional Interests

Berquist's professional interests focus on finding professional opportunities for students, field education, incorporating research, data, and quantitative reasoning into classes, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He also is working on incorporating GIS into the curriculum. He collaboratively created a "Jobs in Geosciences" lecture series for 2YC students to learn about professional opportunities, offers classroom and field instruction about local and regional geology to the Virginia Master Naturalist program, is a contributing member to the Geo2YC section of NAGT, and is an InTeGrate module co-author.


Thomas Nelson Community College is a two-year college in Virginia with two campuses, one in Hampton, and the other near Williamsburg. It serves the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City and York, Virginia. It has over 16,000 students - 61% of whom are women and 35% of whom are Black or African-American.