I have been a member of the Implementation Team at SERC since September 2003. Broadly writ, my work revolves around the dual foci of development of website content related to issues in geoscience and geoscience education and in supporting faculty professional development opportunities.
Web Content Development
Over the last decade plus, I have been involved in many different website development projects. Some highlights include:
InTeGrate: Increase the Diversity of your Graduates
workforce and potential careers, supporting transfer students, stereotype threat and solo status, and involving 2YC students in undergraduate research experiences. I have also been involved in several other two-year college initiatives including: Economics at Two-Year Colleges, Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines
Tsunami and the record-breaking 2005 Hurricane Season, I've been keeping abreast of the various geohazards that people are trying to teach with and about. In collaboration with TERC, I have also been able to develop part of an Earth science lab course curriculum for high school students as a part of the EarthLabs project. As a way of tying together many of the threads of work in this area, I was able to spend some time putting together the Cutting Edge module on Teaching About Hazards in Geoscience.
Workshops and Faculty Professional Development
Since 2003, I have been involved in more than 50 face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid workshops and webinars across a wide range of topics. For each of these events, I provided leadership and/or organizational and technical support. Examples include:
- Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges
- Teaching Environmental Geology
- Visualizing Seismic Waves for Teaching and Research
- Teaching Paleontology in the 21st Century
- Designing Effective and Innovative Courses in the Geosciences
- Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses
- Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations
I have also served as the primary support for the Cutting Edge Review Process. As a part of the On the Cutting Edge project, we have coordinated a peer review of several thousand teaching activities collected from geoscience faculty over the last decade as a part of the "price of admission" for participation in Cutting Edge workshops. The results of the peer review provide guidance to users of the website about which teach activities are of highest value and utility. As of 2015, almost 1000 activities have been accepted into the Reviewed Collection and more than 400 into the prestigious Exemplary Collection.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Geophysics/Education, Ph.D. (in progress)
Advisor: Joshua Feinberg
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Geophysics, M.S., 2000
Investigating Iron Germanate Spinel as a Mantle Mineral Analogue
Advisor: Shun Karato
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC - Physics, B.S. cum laude, 1997
- McDaris, J.R., Iverson, E.R., Manduca, C.A., Orr, C.H. (2019). Teach the Earth: Making the Connection Between Research and Practice in Broadening Participation. Journal of Geoscience Education.
- Orr, C.H. and McDaris, J.R. (2019). Supporting implementation of program-level changes to increase learning about Earth. In Gosselin, D.C., Egger, A., Taber, J. (Eds). Interdisciplinary Teaching About Earth and the Environment for a Sustainable Future. Springer, New York, NY.
- McDaris, J.R., Manduca, C.A., Iverson, E.R., and Orr, C.H. (2017). Looking in the Right Places: Minority-Serving Institutions as Sources of Diverse Earth Science Learners. Journal of Geoscience Education, November 2017, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 407-415.
- Williams, M.L., D.W. Mogk, and J. McDaris (2010). Research and Teaching about the Deep Earth. Eos, Vol. 91, No. 32, 10 August 2010.
Outside of Work
Outside of work, I devote a lot of time to renovating the early 1900s era home I share with my partner, Jacob, and our dog Maggie; gardening; running; and softball. In addition, I sing professionally with a number of choral ensembles in the Twin Cities.
As of the Fall of 2018, I have dropped to half-time working at SERC, so that I can return to graduate school at the University of Minnesota to pursue my Ph.D. in Hydrogeophysics. I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Joshua Feinberg on using geophysical methods to monitor groundwater quality.