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Change Agent Teams

This four-year project will transform geoscience education in two-year colleges (2YCs) through an innovative program that focuses on 2YC geoscience faculty as "change agents." These faculty, working in teams, will implement high-impact, evidence-based instructional and co-curricular practices at their own institutions that will lead to improved STEM learning, broadened participation, and a more robust STEM workforce. They will work with administrators to institutionalize these changes, and will also propagate these practices to colleagues at 2YCs and four-year colleges and universities (4YCUs) in their region via an ongoing series of local professional development events.

Cohort 1 is a set of ten teams of faculty which began their work in 2015-2016. An additional set of seven teams was added in 2017 to form Cohort 2. Follow the links below to read about the plans and activities of Change Agent teams.

Cohort 1

Northern California

Chris DiLeonardo and Bridget James, De Anza College

Southern California 1

Dave Mrofka and Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College

Southern California 3

Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman and Michael Vendrasco, Pasadena City College


Karen Braley and Debra Woodall, Daytona State College


Cheryl Emerson Resnick, Illinois Central College, and David Voorhees, Waubonsee Community College

New York

Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College

North Carolina

Adrianne Leinbach and Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College

Oregon: Portland

Daina Hardisty, Mt. Hood Community College, Andy Hilt, Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus, and Eriks Puris, Portland Community College - Southeast Campus


Bryn Benford, Lone Star College - University Park Campus, and Kristie Bradford, Lone Star College - Tomball Campus


Pete Berquist and Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College, and Karen Layou, Reynolds Community College,


Melvin Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc, and Keith West, University of Wisconsin-Marinette

Cohort 2

Southern California 2

Tania Anders and Mark Boryta, Mt. San Antonio College


Catherine Etter and Audrey Russano, Cape Cod Community College


Andrea Bair and Wendy Baker, Delta College

Oregon: Willamette Valley

Deron Carter, Linn Benton Community College, and Shannon Othus-Gault, Chemeketa Community College

D.C. Metro Area

Callan Bentley, Caitlin Chazen, and Marla Morales, Northern Virginia Community College

Western Washington

Rick Glover and Dana Vukajlovich, Bellevue College

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