Teaching

I find teaching and mentoring students to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. I have focused on developing geoscience courses that are aimed at serving a range of student and departmental needs. The courses that I teach regularly include introductory through upper-level undergraduate to graduate courses.

GEOL 1010, Introduction to Geology, 3 credits. Introductory geology for majors and nonmajors.

GEOL 2005, Introduction to Earth Materials, 4 credits including 2-hr lab. Co-developed. Introduces the classification, origin, and use of solid earth materials. Is part of the required core curriculum for all GEOL majors.

GEOL 3090, Developing Scientific Writing Skills, 3 credits. Developed. Promotes scientific writing and communication skills by reading scientific papers, writing and revising, and peer review. Satisfies the Arts & Sciences upper-division core curriculum writing requirement.

GEOL 4215/5215, Geochronology and Thermochronology, 3 credits. Developed. Provides an overview of geochronologic and thermochronologic methods used to constrain tectonic, magmatic, metamorphic, sedimentary, and geomorphic processes. Mix of lecture and discussion.

GEOL 5700, Graduate Writing, 2 credits. Developed in S18 in response to graduate student demand. Aimed at improving writing, editing, and reviewing skills, while meeting student writing goals. Discussion of materials about effective writing, along with peer-editing of text that students are producing for their graduate research endeavors.