Carol Ormand

Science Education and Research Associate

Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
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What I Do


My work at SERC has several components, each of which supports SERC's overall mission: improving education in the geosciences and beyond, particularly at the college and university level. These components are:

  1. Conducting research on learning in the undergraduate science classroom;
  2. Faculty professional development;
  3. Developing curricular materials that incorporate what we know from research on learning; and
  4. Evaluating geoscience education research projects.

Research on Learning

Since 2008, I've been involved in research on learning in the geosciences. My most recent focus in this realm is on proven strategies for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. I hope you will read and share our open access article about Making Departments Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive, published in the Journal of Geoscience Education in 2021.

My research on learning began with a focus on spatial thinking. This led to some exciting opportunities, including leading a workshop on Supporting Spatial Thinking at the 2018 Earth Educators' Rendezvous; co-leading a workshop with Eric Riggs on Spatial Reasoning in the Geosciences at the 2016 Earth Educators' Rendezvous; co-convening the 2013 Hedberg Conference on 3D Structural Geologic Interpretation; and co-convening the 2012 On the Cutting Edge Spatial Thinking Journal Club. In 2014, our article on Evaluating Geoscience Students' Spatial Thinking Skills in a Multi-Institutional Classroom Study was the Journal of Geoscience Education's paper of the year.

Faculty Professional Development

The work I do in faculty professional development includes managing faculty PD projects; co-convening and co-leading workshops; and building websites to support faculty in adopting evidence-based practices in teaching.

Curriculum Development

I have served as a consultant for several curriculum development projects. I enjoy helping instructors design effective and engaging curricular materials.

Evaluating Geoscience Education Research

Employment History

Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2005-present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, 2002-2005
Visiting Assistant Professor, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, 2000-2002
Graduate Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1992-2000
Adjunct Instructor, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1997


Ph. D. in Structural Geology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2000

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics

B. A. in Mathematics, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1989

  • Graduated Cum Laude; Member, Sigma Xi (Scientific Honor Society)

Publications and Presentations

Geoscience Education



  • Carlson, Ashley, Maureen Kahn, Monica Bruckner, Sean Fox, Mahdi Mohamed, and Carol J. Ormand (2022). SERC Support for Creating Accessible Earth Education Resources. Earth Educators' Rendezvous (Minneapolis, MN).
  • Homola, Kira, Sharon K. Cooper, Carol Cotterill, Don Haas, Adriane Renee Lam, Jonathan C. Lewis, Richard D. Norris, Suzanne OConnell, Carol J. Ormand, Mitchell D. Schulte, Kristen K. St. John, Lisa D. White, and Randi Wold-Brennon (2022). Envisioning the future of communicating scientific ocean drilling: Insights from Summer 2021 IMPACT Workshops. Ocean Sciences Meeting (Online).
  • Ormand, Carol J., Sarah Kruse, Andrew Parsekian, Lee Slater, Danielle Sumy, John Taber, Tonian Robinson, and Christine Downs (2022). IGUaNA: Introducing Geophysics for Urban and Near-surface Applications. Earth Educators' Rendezvous (Minneapolis, MN). 
  • Thompson, Joshua, Lee Slater, and Carol J. Ormand (2022). Investigating Vegetation Patterns in an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity. Earth Educators' Rendezvous (Minneapolis, MN).