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Molly Simon

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004

Dr. Simon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013. She went on to get a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona (in 2016 and 2019, respectively). During her time as a graduate student, she became interested in how general education science students approached concepts taught to them in their astronomy courses. She decided to pursue a Certificate in College Teaching through the University of Arizona’s Office of Instruction and Assessment. This led her on the path to conduct Astronomy Education Research full-time, and after graduation, she began a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Zooniverse at the Adler Planetarium. As a Professor at ASU, she utilizes citizen science as tool to bring authentic research and data-rich experiences to students in both in-person and online courses. She also develops active learning materials designed to engage students in critical thinking while promoting increased disciplinary fluency. 


B.S. Geophysical Sciences (2013), University of Chicago
M.S. Planetary Sciences (2016), University of Arizona
Certificate in College Teaching (2018), University of Arizona 
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences (2019), University of Arizona 

Research Interests: 

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs), citizen science, planet formation, and online learning. 

Research Group: 

Christine O'Donnell, Postdoctoral Researcher 
Heather Hewitt, SESE Graduate Student (Primary Advisor)
Peter Smith, SESE Graduate Student (Secondary Project Advisor)
Haylee Archer, SESE Graduate Student (Secondary Project Advisor)
Isaac Rosenthal, UMass-Boston Graduate Student (Committee Member, Secondary Project Advisor)

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 121Earth, Solar System & Universe
SES 123Earth,Solar Sys & Universe Lab
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 502Exploring SESE Research