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Steven Semken

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography: 

Steven Semken is professor of geology and education in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Education through Exploration and the Global Drylands Center at Arizona State University.

Steve is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher whose work integrates geology, geography, ethnography, education, and technology. He investigates the influences of sense of place, of culture, and of affect on modes of teaching, learning, and doing research in the Earth sciences in the real and virtual realms. Before joining ASU in 2003, he taught for 15 years at the Tribal College of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. Steve and his students work in the geologically and culturally diverse places of the American Southwest, Latin America, and the Caribbean; with particular attention to regional Native American and Hispanic/Latinx communities. The goal of his research group is to apply place-based and culturally informed methods of geoscience teaching to foster improved access to geoscience studies and careers for underrepresented people, environmental and cultural sustainability in underserved regions, and greater public Earth-science literacy.

Steve regularly teaches ASU courses in regional geology and sustainability of the American Southwest, in field geology, and in Earth and space science teaching; and he is also very active in community education and outreach across Arizona.

Steve is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a recent EarthScope Speaker, and a Past-President and former Distinguished Speaker of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He has been a Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. He has a Ph.D. (1989) and S.B. (1980) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. (1984) from the University of California, Los Angeles. Steve has received the highest awards for undergraduate teaching at three different institutions where he has taught: Arizona State University, Dine College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fax: 
480-965-8960
Education: 
  • Certificate in Diné (Navajo) Educational Philosophy, Diné College, 1991.
  • Ph.D., Materials Science (Ceramics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989.
  • M.S., Geochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984.
  • S.B., Earth and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation.
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOpER) certified (per OSHA 1910.120).
  • Arizona State Community College Teaching Certification in Earth Sciences and Geology.
Research Interests: 

Ethnogeology, Geoscience education research, Place-based education, Native American geoscience education, Informal geoscience education and interpretation, STEM teacher professional development, Immersive and virtual learning, Geoheritage, Regional geology and geography of the American Southwest.

Publications: 

Linking to or downloading any of these publications constitutes a request for a reprint for personal use only, which is granted.

Note: *denotes ASU student co-author; **denotes Diné College student co-author

Robeck, E., Awad, A., Semken, S., Manning, C., Daniels, M., & Blankenbicker, A. (in press). Earth science all around: Using immersive virtual field trips with place-based instruction in Earth and space science education. The Earth Scientist.

Londoño, S. C.*, Makuritofe, V., Brandt, E., Semken, S., & Garzón, C. (in press). Exploring the geology of the Colombian Amazon with Indigenous eyes: Ethnogeology of the Uitoto territory. Cultural Studies of Science Education.

St. John, K., McNeal, K., Macdonald, H., Kastens, K., Bitting, K., Cervato, C., McDaris, J., Petcovic, H., Pyle, E., Riggs, E., Ryker, K., Semken, S., & Teasdale, R. (2020). A community framework for geoscience education research: Summary and recommendations for future research priorities. Journal of Geoscience Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2020.1779569.

García, Á. A.*, Semken, S., & Brandt, E. (2020). The construction of cultural consensus models to characterize ethnogeological knowledge. Geoheritage, 12, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12371-020-00480-5.

Hoke, K., O’Connell, K., Semken, S., & Arora, V. (2020). Promoting a sense of place virtually: A review of the ESA Weekly Water Cooler Chat focused on virtual sense of place. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1734.

Atchison, C., Parker, W., Riggs, N., Semken, S., & Whitmeyer, S. (2019). Accessibility and inclusion in the field: A field guide for central Arizona and Petrified Forest National Park. In Pearthree, P. A. (Ed.), Geologic excursions in southwestern North America: Geological Society of America Field Guide 55 (pp. 39-60). Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, https://doi.org/10.1130/2019.0055(02)

St. John, K., Bitting, K., Cervato, C., Kastens, K., Macdonald, H., McDaris, J., McNeal, K., Petcovic, H., Pyle, E., Riggs, E., Ryker, K., Semken, S., & Teasdale, R. (2019). An evolutionary leap in how we teach geosciences. Eos, 100, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO127285.

Mead, C., Buxner, S., Bruce, G., Taylor, W., Semken, S., & Anbar, A. D. (2019). Immersive, interactive virtual field trips promote science learning. Journal of Geoscience Education, 67(2), https://doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2019.1565285Winner of the 2020 JGE Outstanding Paper Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Semken, S., Bhattacharyya, J., Duggan-Haas, D., Pallant, A., & Wiggen, J. (2018). Research on instructional strategies to improve geoscience learning in different settings and with different technologies. In St. John, K. (Ed.), Community framework for geoscience education research. National Association of Geoscience Teachers, https://doi.org/10.25885/ger_framework/9.

Horodyskyj, L., Mead, C., Buxner, S., Semken, S., & Anbar, A. (2018). Habitable Worlds: Delivering on the promises of online education. Astrobiology, 18(1), 86-99, https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2016.1550.  

Perera, V.*, Mead, C., Buxner, S., Lopatto, D., Horodyskyj, L., Semken, S., & Anbar, A. D. (2017). Students in fully online programs report more positive attitudes toward science than students in traditional, in-person programs. CBE Life Sciences Education, 16(4), ar60, https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.16-11-0316.

Semken, S., Ward, E. M. G., Moosavi, S., & Chinn, P. W. U. (2017). Place-based education in geoscience: Theory, research, practice, and assessment. Journal of Geoscience Education, 65(4), 542-562, https://doi.org/10.5408/17-276.1.

Semken, S. (2017).  Dikes.  Leading the Way: The Wisdom of the Navajo People, 15(7), 31. PDF (1.6 MB) 

Londoño, S. C.*, Makuritofe, V., Brandt, E., Semken, S., & Garzón, C. (2016). Ethnogeology in Amazonia: Surface-water systems in the Colombian Amazon, from perspectives of Uitoto traditional knowledge and mainstream hydrology. In Wessel, G. R., & Greenberg, J. K. (Eds.), Geoscience for the public good and global development: Toward a sustainable future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520 (pp. 221-232). Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, https://doi.org/10.1130/2016.2520(20).

Ward, E. G., Semken, S., & Libarkin, J. (2014). The design of place-based, culturally informed geoscience assessment. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62(1), 86-103, https://doi.org/10.5408/12-414.1.

Apple, J., Lemus, J., & Semken, S. (2014).  Teaching geoscience in the context of culture and place. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62(1), 1-4https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-62.1.1. (All authors contributed equally to this paper and are listed alphabetically.)

Allison, C. M.*, Porter, R. C., Fouch, M. J., & Semken, S. (2013).  Seismic evidence for lithospheric modification beneath the Mojave Neovolcanic Province, Southern California.  Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 5119-5124, https://doi.org/10.1002/grl.50993.

Zeigler, K., Timmons, J. M., Timmons, S., & Semken, S. (Eds.). (2013). Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64. Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/64/Winner of the 2015 Best Geologic Guidebook Award from the Geoscience Information Society.

Mathis, A., Lillie, R. J., & Semken, S. (2013). Sharing geology with the public along I-40 using interpretive and place-based educational techniques. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 20-22). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society. PDF (281 kB)

Zeigler, K., Semken, S., & Moore, C. (2013).  Meteor Crater: from misunderstanding to obsession to geologic icon. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants:  New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 22-23). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society. PDF (283 kB)

Zeigler, K., & Semken, S. (2013).  Old Route 66: Getting your kicks in the American Southwest. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants:  New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 23-24). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society. PDF (258 kB)

Zeigler, K., Timmons, J. M., & Semken, S. (2013).  Third-day road log: Trip 1, Trip 2, and Trip 3: Pre-trip: From El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico to Northwest Regional Visitor’s Center in Grants, New Mexico. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants:  New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 50-74). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/64/.

Parker, W., Martz, J., Zeigler, K., Semken, S., & Timmons, J. M. (2013).  Second-day road log: From a corner in Winslow, Arizona, through Petrified Forest National Park, to the El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, New Mexico. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants:  New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 25-49). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/64/.

Zeigler, K., Riggs, N., Timmons, J. M., Ort, M., & Semken, S. (2013).  First-day road log: From Flagstaff to SP and Colton Craters, Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments, and Meteor Crater. In K. Zeigler, J. M. Timmons, S. Timmons, & S. Semken (Eds.), Geology of the Route 66 region: Flagstaff to Grants:  New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 64 (pp. 9-24). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/64/.

Bohon, W.*, Robinson, S., Arrowsmith, R., & Semken, S. (2013). Building an effective social media strategy for science programs. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 94(27), 237-238, https://doi.org/10.1002/2013EO270001.

Bueno Watts, N.*, Baker, D. R., & Semken, S. (2013). The impact of writing-intensive professional development on high school teachers’ science content knowledge of energy in systems. Global Journal of Human Social Science-G, 13(3), 45-58. PDF (700 kB).

Semken, S. (2013).  Antelope Canyon history.  Leading the Way: The Wisdom of the Navajo People, 11(1), 24.

Semken, S. (2012).  EarthScope and place-based education.  inSights, summer 2012. Online version PDF (1.9 MB)

Semken, S., Schaufele, C., & Zumoff, N. (2012). Math and geoscience “placed” in context.  In the Trenches, 2(2), 12-13. PDF (131 kB)

Semken, S. (2012).  Seashells in the Shiprock area.  Leading the Way: The Wisdom of the Navajo People,10(7), 22-23. PDF (1.33 MB)

Semken, S. (2012).  Place-based teaching and learning.  In N. M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the sciences of learning (pp. 2641-2642).  New York: Springer. PDF (95 kBPurchase book or read it online

Peterson, V. L., Garver, J. I., Semken, S., & Williams, W. J. W. (2011). Enhancing participation of two-year college faculty in the Geological Society of America. GSA Today, 21, 36-38, https://doi.org/10.1130/G130GW.1.

Luft, J., Wong, S.*, & Semken, S. (2011). Rethinking recruitment: The comprehensive and strategic recruitment of secondary science teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 22, 459-474, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10972-011-9243-2.

Semken, S. (2011). A sense of the American Southwest: Place-based Earth system science for diverse students. In the Trenches, 1, 1-4. PDF (2.9 Mb)

Kraft, K., Srogi, L., Husman, J., Semken, S., & Fuhrman, M. (2011). Engaging students to
learn through the affective domain: A new framework for teaching in the geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education, 59, 71-84, https://doi.org/10.5408/1.3543934a.

Crow, R., Karlstrom, K., Crossey, L., Semken, S., Perry, D., Williams, M., & Bryan, J. (2011). It’s about time: Innovations in geoscience education at the Grand Canyon.  Legacy, 22, 26-27. PDF (477 kB)

Williams, D.*, & Semken, S. (2011). Ethnographic methods in analysis of place-based geoscience
curriculum and pedagogy. In A. P. Feig & A. Stokes (Eds.), Qualitative research in geoscience education: Geological Society of America Special Paper 474 (pp. 49-62). Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, https://doi.org/10.1130/2011.2474(05).

Semken, S., & Brandt, E. (2010). Implications of sense of place and place-based education for ecological integrity and cultural sustainability in contested places. In D. Tippins, M. Mueller, M., van Eijck, & J. Adams (Eds.), Cultural studies and environmentalism: The confluence of ecojustice, place-based (science) education, and indigenous knowledge systems (pp. 287-302). New York: Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3929-3_24.

Semken, S. (2010). Ship Rock and the Navajo volcanic field.  In L.G. Price (Ed.), The geology of northern New Mexico's parks, monuments, and public lands (pp. 85-91). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/guides/nmparks/northern/.

Semken, S., Williams, D.*, Ross, J., Kerr, B., & Monhardt, R. (2010). Design elements and learning outcomes of two place-based teacher professional programs situated in the Southwest United States: Concordance with Universal Design for Learning. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PDF (136 kB)

Bueno Watts, N.*, Baker, D. R., Semken, S., & Lang, M. (2010). Improving high school teachers’ content knowledge of energy in systems through research-based professional development. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PDF (453 kB)

Semken, S., Butler Freeman, C.*, Bueno Watts, N.*, Neakrase, J.*, Dial, R.*, & Baker, D. (2009). Factors that influence sense of place as a learning outcome of place-based geoscience teaching. The Electronic Journal for Research in Science and Mathematics Education, 13, 136-159. http://ejse.southwestern.edu/article/view/7803.

Gonzales, D., & Semken, S. (2009). A comparative study of field-inquiry in an undergraduate petrology course. In S.J. Whitmeyer, D.W. Mogk, & E.J. Pyle (Eds.), Field geology education: Historical perspectives and modern approaches: Geological Society of America Special Paper 461 (pp. 205-221). Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America, https://doi.org/10.1130/2009.2461(18).

Semken, S., Dodick, J., Frus, R.*, Wells, M., Perry, D., Bryan, J., Williams, M., Crow, R., Crossey, L., & Karlstrom, K. (2009).  Studies of informal geologic time learning at the “Trail of Time” in Grand Canyon National Park.  Informal Learning Review, 1(99), 1-5. PDF (532 kB)

Semken, S. (2009). Putting Earth science back in its place. Arizona Geology.  Online essay

Semken, S., Dodick, J., Ben-David, O., Pineda, M.*, Bueno Watts, N.*, & Alvarado, C.* (2009). Timeline and time-scale cognition experiments for a geological interpretative exhibit at Grand Canyon. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, California. PDF (199 kB)

Brand, B.D.*, Clarke, A.B., & Semken, S. (2009). Eruptive dynamics and depositional processes of Narbona Pass maar volcano, Navajo volcanic field, Navajo Nation, New Mexico (USA). Bulletin of Volcanology71(1), 49-77, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-008-0209-y.

Karlstrom, K., Semken, S., Crossey, L., Perry, D., Gyllenhaal, E. D., Dodick, J., Williams, M., Hellmich-Bryan, J., Crow, R., Bueno Watts, N.*, & Ault, C. (2008). Informal geoscience education on a grand scale: the Trail of Time exhibition at Grand Canyon. Journal of Geoscience Education, 56(4), 354-361, https://doi.org/10.5408/informal_geoscience_education_

Semken, S., & Butler Freeman, C.* (2008).  Sense of place in the practice and assessment of place-based science teaching. Science Education, 92(6), 1042-1057, https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.20279.

Bueno Watts, N.F.*, Semken, S., Pineda, M.*, & Alvarado, C.* (2008).  Visitors’ geological conceptions and meaning making at Petrified Forest National Park. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, Maryland. PDF (131 kB)

Semken, S. (2008). A sense of the Southwest. Newsletter, Bioregional Outdoor Education Project, 9(3), 1-12. PDF (624 kB)

Semken, S., Fouch, M., Garnero, E., Zah, P., & Lippert, D. (2007). Meshing American Indian concerns with goals of EarthScope's USArray. Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 88(31), 309-310, https://doi.org/10.1029/2007EO310001.

Semken, S., & Butler Freeman, C.L.* (2007). Cognitive and affective outcomes of a Southwest place-based approach to teaching introductory geoscience. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, Louisiana.  PDF (215 kB)

Butler Freeman, C.L.*, Semken, S., Lawson, A., Oehrtman, M., Schaufele, C., & Jensen, J.* (2007). How old is the Earth: an exploration of geologic time through place-based inquiry. Proceedings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, Louisiana.  PDF (205 kB)

Gonzales, D., & Semken, S. (2006).  Integrating undergraduate education and scientific discovery through field research in igneous petrology. Journal of Geoscience Education, 54, 133-142, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-54.2.133.

Hahn, D.*, Brem, S.K., & Semken, S. (2005). Exploring the social, moral, and temporal qualities of pre-service teachers’ narratives of evolution. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53, 456-461, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-53.4.456.

Semken, S. (2005). Sense of place and place-based introductory geoscience teaching for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduates. Journal of Geoscience Education, 53, 149-157, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-53.2.149.

Wilson, D., Aster, R., West, M., Ni, J., Grand, S., Gao, W., Baldridge, W.S., Semken, S., & Patel, P. (2005). Lithospheric structure of the Río Grande Rift. Nature, 433, 851-855, https://doi.org/10.1038/nature03297.

Wilson, D., Aster, R., Ni, J., Grand, S., West, M., Gao, W., Baldridge, W.S., & Semken, S. (2005).  Imaging the seismic structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath the Great Plains, Río Grande Rift, and Colorado Plateau using receiver functions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B05306, https://doi.org/0.1029/2004JB003492.

Lucas, S.G., Semken, S.C., Berglof, W.R., & Ulmer-Scholle, D.S. (Eds.). (2003). Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54. Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/54/.

Semken, S. (2003). Black rocks protruding up: the Navajo volcanic field. In S.G. Lucas, S.C. Semken, W.R. Berglof, & D.S. Ulmer-Scholle (Eds.), Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54 (pp. 133-138). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/downloads/54/54_p0133_p0138.pdf.

Blackhorse, A.**, Semken, S., & Charley, P. (2003).  A Navajo-English thesaurus of geological terms. In S.G. Lucas, S.C. Semken, W.R. Berglof, & D.S. Ulmer-Scholle (Eds.), Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54 (pp. 103-108). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/downloads/54/54_p0103_p0107.pdf.

Heckert, A.B., Kues, B.S., & Semken, S.C. (2003). From Bear Spring to Fort Wingate. In S.G. Lucas, S.C.Semken, W.R. Berglof, & D.S. Ulmer-Scholle (Eds.), Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54 (pp. 37-40). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/54/.

Lucas, S.G., Heckert, A.B., Berglof, W.R., Kues, B.S., Crumpler, L.S., Aubele, J.C., McLemore, V.T., Owen, D.E., & Semken, S.C. (2003). Second-day road log, from Gallup to Fort Wingate, Sixmile Canyon, Ciniza, Red Rock Park, Church Rock, White Mesa, Thoreau, and Grants. In S.G. Lucas, S.C. Semken, W.R. Berglof, & D.S. Ulmer-Scholle (Eds.), Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54 (pp. 35-68). Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/54/.

Lucas, S.G., Semken, S.C., Heckert, A.B., Berglof, W.R., Hoffman, G., Kues, B.S., Crumpler, L.S., & Aubele, J.C. (2003). First-day road log, from Gallup to Gamerco, Yah-Ta-Hey, Window Rock, Fort Defiance, Navajo, Todilto Park, Crystal, Narbona Pass, Sheep Springs, Tohatchi, and Gallup. In S.G. Lucas, S.C. Semken, W.R. Berglof, & D.S. Ulmer-Scholle (Eds.), Geology of the Zuni Plateau: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 54 (pp. 1-34).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/54/.

Gok, R., Ni, J., West, M., Sandvol, E., Wilson, D., Aster, R., Baldridge, W.S., Grand, S., Gao, W., Tillman, F., & Semken, S. (2003). Shear-wave splitting and mantle flow beneath LA RISTRA. Geophysical Research Letters, 30(12), 1614, DOI 10.1029/2002GL016616.  PDF (142 kB)

Riggs, E., & Semken, S. (2003). Earth science education for Native Americans. Newsletter, Bioregional Outdoor Education Project, 4(3), 1-10. PDF (664 kB)

Wilson, D., Leon, J., Aster, R., Ni, J., Schlue, J., Grand, S., Semken, S., Baldridge, S., & Gao, W. (2002). Broadband seismic background noise at temporary seismic stations observed on a regional scale in the southwestern United States.  Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 92(8), 3335-3341, https://doi.org/10.1785/0120010234.

Hall-Wallace, M., Benthien, M., Boyd, T., Marvinney, R., Meertens, C., Semken, S., Taber, J., & Wald, L. (2002). EarthScope education and outreach program plan.  Washington, DC: EarthScope.  PDF (8.96 MB)

Semken, S., & Gonzales, D. (2002, October 15).  Rainbows in the rocks.  Daily Times, Farmington, New Mexico, pp. A1, A5.

Semken, S.C. (2002). Citation: National Association of Geoscience Teachers 2001 Neil Miner Award. Journal of Geoscience Education, 50, 221-223.

Semken, S.C. (2002). Ch’óoshgai doo Tsézhiin ‘íí ‘áhí: the Chuska Mountains, Defiance Plateau, and Navajo Volcanic Field: Western Slope Intercollegiate Field Conference Guidebook 14. Shiprock, NM: Diné College.

Semken, S.C. (2001). Comments on a list of references on science teaching and Native cultures. Tribal College Journal, 12, 7.

Semken, S.C., Drummond, C., & Harder, V. (2001). The National Association of Geoscience Teachers: dedicated to geoscience education. GSA (Geological Society of America) Today, 11(10), 53https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/11/10/pdf/gt0110.pdf.

Riggs, E.M., & Semken, S.C. (2001).  Culture and science: Earth science for Native Americans. Geotimes, 46, 14-17, http://www.geotimes.org/sept01/feature_native_education.html.

Semken, S.C. (2001). The Navajo volcanic field. In L.S. Crumpler & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Volcanology in New Mexico: Bulletin 18 (pp. 79-83), Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, https://econtent.unm.edu/digital/collection/bulletins/id/847.

Reynolds, S.J., & Semken, S.C. (2000).  Rocks before terms and tables—from the concrete to the abstract. Journal of Geoscience Education, 48, 572, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-48.5.572a.

Semken, S.C. (Ed.). (2000).  Some great ideas for geoscience teachers [special issue]. Journal of Geoscience Education, 48(5), https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-48.5.570a.

Semken, S.C. (1999).  Aboriginal cultures and Earth science. GSA (Geological Society of America) Today, 9(8), 18.  PDF (27 kB)

Semken, S.C. (1999). Oxygen. In C.P. Marshall & R.W. Fairbridge (Eds.), Encyclopedia of geochemistry (pp. 467-469): Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Kelly, M., Ort, M., Tashiro, J., & Semken, S. (1999).  VR excursions: Exploring Earth’s environment.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Find a copy

Dubiel, R.F., Hasiotis, S.T., & Semken, S.C. (1997). Hands-on geology for Navajo Nation teachers. Journal of Geoscience Education, 45, 113-116, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-45.2.113.

Semken, S.C., & Morgan, F. (1997). Navajo pedagogy and Earth systems. Journal of Geoscience Education, 45, 109-112, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-45.2.109.

Semken, S.C. (1997). NAGT/GSA symposium on geoscience education in Native American communities. Journal of Geoscience Education, 45, 104-105, https://doi.org/10.5408/1089-9995-45.2.104.

Tsosie, B.**, Semken, S., & Harrison, B. (1997). The Shiprock uranium-mill tailings remedial action (UMTRA) site. In O.J. Anderson, B.S. Kues, & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Mesozoic geology and paleontology of the Four Corners region: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 48 (pp. 279-281).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/downloads/48/48_p0279_p0281.pdf.

Semken, S.C., & McIntosh, W.C. (1997). 40Ar/39Ar age determinations for the Carrizo Mountains laccolith, Navajo Nation, Arizona. In O.J. Anderson, B.S. Kues, & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Mesozoic geology and paleontology of the Four Corners region: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 48 (pp. 75-80).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/downloads/48/48_p0075_p0080.pdf.

Anderson, O.J., Lucas, S.G., Semken, S.C., Chenoweth, W.L., & Black, B.A. (1997). Third-day road log, from Durango, Colorado, to Aztec, Farmington, and Shiprock, New Mexico. In O.J. Anderson, B.S. Kues, & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Mesozoic geology and paleontology of the Four Corners region: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 48 (pp. 35-56).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/48/.

Lucas, S.G., Anderson, O.J., Leckie, R.M., Wright-Dunbar, R., & Semken, S.C. (1997). Second-day road log, from Cortez, Colorado, to Mesa Verde National Park, Mancos, and Durango. In O.J. Anderson, B.S. Kues, & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Mesozoic geology and paleontology of the Four Corners region: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 48 (pp. 19-33).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/48/.

Anderson, O.J., Lucas, S.G., Chenoweth, W.L., & Semken, S.C. (1997). First-day road log, from Cortez, Colorado, to Montezuma Creek, Bluff, Aneth, and Four Corners. In O.J. Anderson, B.S. Kues, & S.G. Lucas (Eds.), Mesozoic geology and paleontology of the Four Corners region: New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook 48 (pp. 1-18).  Socorro, NM: New Mexico Geological Society, https://nmgs.nmt.edu/publications/guidebooks/48/.

Ridgway, K., Dowse, M., Geary, E.E., Maxson, J., Semken, S., Stephenson-Hawk, D., & Winkler, J. (1997). How can we increase diversity, recruitment, and retention of students in the Earth and space sciences? In M.F.W. Ireton, C.A. Manduca, & D.W. Mogk (Eds.). Shaping the future of undergraduate Earth science education: Innovation and change using an Earth system approach (pp. 39-43).  Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, https://serc.carleton.edu/shapingfuture/panel6.html.

Semken, S.C. (1996). Introduction to the geology and hydrogeology of northwestern New Mexico.  Proceedings, New Mexico Water Conference, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, 13-21.

Brown, L.F., Hickmott, D.D., Currier, R.P., Semken, S.C., Lameman, T.**, Martin, S.**, & Yazzie, S.** (1996).  Reducing adverse health effects and improving performance of stoves on the Navajo Reservation: a plan for action (Report LA-UR-96-4016).  Los Alamos, NM: Los Alamos National Laboratory. PDF (24.7 MB)

Semken, S. (1996, February 2).  Creationist beliefs refuted. Daily Times, Farmington, New Mexico, p. B4.

Semken, S. (1996, January 12).  Scientists are curious human beings. Daily Times, Farmington, New Mexico, p. B4. 

Semken, S.C., & Oversby, V.M. (1994).  Coal ash as a naturally-occurring radioactive material—regulation before research? Proceedings, 29th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 48-50.

Semken, S.C. (1992).  Looking after the land. Tribal College Journal, 3, 11-12, https://tribalcollegejournal.org/land-navajo-dryland-environments-laboratory-researches-environmental-navajo-nation/.

Semken, S.C., Slate, C., & Crank, L., Jr.**. (1992). Geologic road log from Shiprock to Chinle, Navajo Nation.  In S.C. Semken (Ed.), Ti’ Diné bitsé’ dadíníil’: Field guide to a geologic excursion in the northeastern Navajo Nation: Western Slope Intercollegiate Field Conference Guidebook 4 (pp. 5-32).  Shiprock, NM: Navajo Community College.

Semken, S.C. (Ed.). (1992). Ti’ Diné bitsé’ dadíníil’: Field guide to a geologic excursion in the northeastern Navajo Nation: Western Slope Intercollegiate Field Conference Guidebook 4.  Shiprock, NM: Navajo Community College.

Wuensch, B.J., Semken, S.C., Uchikoba, F., & Yoo, H.I. (1991). The mechanisms for self-diffusion in magnesium oxide. Ceramic Transactions, 24, 79-89. PDF (836 kb)

Farmer, G.L., Perry, F.V., Semken, S., Crowe, B., Curtis, D., & DePaolo, D.J. (1989). Isotopic evidence on the structure and origin of subcontinental lithospheric mantle in southern Nevada.  Journal of Geophysical Research, 94 (B6), 7885-7898, https://doi.org/10.1029/JB094iB06p07885.

Ingel, R.P., Lewis, D., III, Bender, B.A., & Semken, S.C. (1988). Properties and microstructures of rapidly solidified zirconia-based ceramic alloys.  In S. Somiya (Ed.), Science and technology of zirconia III: Advances in Ceramics 24 (pp. 385-396).  Cincinnati, OH: American Ceramic Society. PDF (1.25 MB)

Semken, S.C. (1983). Geology of Cima Dome, Cima Volcanic Field, Afton Canyon, and Manix Fault areas, California. In D. Casebier (Ed.), Guide to the Mojave Road (pp. 137, 173-174, 177, 216-219). Los Angeles: Mojave Road Publications.

Sclater, J.G., Royden, L., Horváth, F., Burchfiel, B.C., Semken, S., & Stegena, L. (1980). The formation of the intra-Carpathian basins as determined from subsidence data. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 51, 139-162, https://doi.org/10.1016/0012-821X(80)90262-9.

Research Activity: 
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SOS 372Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SES 493Honors Thesis
SES 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 122History of Earth&Solar System
SES 124History Earth&Solar System Lab
SES 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
SES 598Special Topics
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SOS 372Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SES 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 480Teaching Earth & Space Science
SES 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SOS 372Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SES 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SES 592Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 451Field Geology I
GLG 484Internship
SES 494Special Topics
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
SES 599Thesis
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SOS 372Earth Science in AZ & the SW
GLG 492Honors Directed Study
GLG 493Honors Thesis
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 102Intro Geology II (Historical)
GLG 104Introduction to Geology II-Lab
GLG 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Presentations: 

Invited Talks and Colloquia

Note: denotes a presentation as National Association of Geoscience Teachers Distinguished Speaker and § denotes a presentation as EarthScope Speaker.

2017          James Madison University§.

2017          University of Missouri§.

2017          University of Texas, Arlington§.

2017          University of Arizona.

2017          Michigan State University§.

2016          35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, Invited Keynote Speaker.

2016          Grand Canyon National Park, Office of Interpretation, National Park Service.

2015          EarthScope National Meeting, Stowe, VT, Invited Plenary Speaker.

2014          Arizona Western College, Faculty Professional Development, Invited Keynote Speaker.

2013          Purdue University.

2013          America’s Geologic Heritage Invitational Workshop, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and hosted by the U. S. Geological Society, National Park Service, American Geosciences Institute, and Colorado Geological Survey, Lakewood, CO, Invited Keynote Speaker.

2012          University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Stout Lecture Series.

2011          University of Oklahoma, Native Science Series.

2009          NAGT/NSF On the Cutting Edge Workshop on the Affective Domain, Mesa Community College, Invited Keynote Speaker.

2008          Hetao University (Bayonnaer, Inner Mongolia, China).

2008          Ningxia University (Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui, China).

2008          Northwest University for Nationalities (Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui, China).

2008          University of Northern Colorado.

2006          University of Oklahoma.

2006          New Mexico State University.

2006          New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

2005          Diné College.

2004          Mesa Community College.

2004          Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

2004          Fort Lewis College.

2003          New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

2003          University of North Dakota.

2002          Navajo Nation Department of Health.

2002          University of Arizona.

2002          University of New Mexico.

2000          Prescott College¶.

2000          San Juan College.

2000          Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

2000          Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management.

2000          Northwest Indian College¶.

1999          Snow College¶.

1999          University of California, Riverside¶.

1999          Northeastern State University (Oklahoma)¶.

1998          Colorado College¶.

1998          Mount Holyoke College¶.

1998          Northern Arizona University.

1997          Cerritos College¶.

1997          Michigan Technological University¶.

1997          Hamilton College¶.

1997          University of Delaware¶.

1997          University of British Columbia¶.

Other Invited Presentations and Field Trips Led for Community Education and Outreach

Recurring   Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, Superior, AZ

                  (I lead geological hikes approximately 3 times per year; since 2009)

2016          Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

2016          Grand Canyon National Park Public Programs, AZ.

2016          Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival, Superior, AZ

2016          Superstition Area Land Trust, Apache Junction, AZ

2015          Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

2015          Scientific Panelist, Phoenix ComiCon, Phoenix, AZ

2015          Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival, Superior, AZ

2015          Lost Dutchman State Park/Superstition Wilderness, Pinal County, AZ

2014          Annual Great Arizona ShakeOut EarthScope Public Event, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2014          Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival, Superior, AZ

2014          Central Arizona Geology Club, Prescott, AZ

2013          Annual Great Arizona ShakeOut EarthScope Public Event, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2013          Bullion Plaza Historical Museum, Miami, AZ        

2013          Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival, Superior, AZ

2012          Annual Great Arizona ShakeOut EarthScope Public Event, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2012          Legends of Superior Trail Ecotourism Festival, Superior, AZ

2011          Sun City Anthem Hiking Club, Florence, AZ        

2010          Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center, Scottsdale, AZ   

2009          Southwest Cultures Club, Fountain Hills, AZ

2008          International Yin Shan Rock Art Scientific Inspection, Inner Mongolia, China

2008          Yinchuan Middle School #1, Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui, China

2008          McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Scottsdale

2005          ASU President’s Community Enrichment Program, Heard Museum, Phoenix

2005          Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix

2004          Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Austin, TX

2004          Four Corners Geological Society, Farmington, NM

2000          American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Gallup, NM

1997          Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Albuquerque, NM

Other ASU Teaching Activities

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University: I taught a short course for community members, A Geological Narrative of Arizona and the Southwest at Tempe Public Library, Tempe, AZ, in Spring 2015, 2016, and 2017; and a colloquium, Geologic History of Grand Canyon, at Maravilla, Scottsdale, AZ, Summer 2017. (Email semken@asu.edu for password to course website.)

Physics of Earth and Planetary Surfaces and Interiors (PEPSI) Seminar Series: Organized and ran this weekly seminar series in the School of Earth and Space Exploration during the Spring 2007 semester.

Curriculum and Program Development

Created or co-created and piloted these new courses for the School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Sustainability, and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU:

Earth Science in Arizona and the Southwest (GLG 301/SOS 372; 3 credit major elective course); a Southwest place-based Earth system science and environmental geoscience course; it was approved for credit toward the Science and Society requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is cross-listed in the ASU School of Sustainability.

Teaching Earth and Space Sciences (SES 494, to be renumbered SES 480; 3 credit major seminar course); a revised research-based instructional methods course for pre-service teachers.

Exploration of Science Teaching (SES 111/SED 111; 1-credit practicum); this course affords potential pre-service teachers the opportunity to experience student teaching early in the program. Co-developed with Julie Luft.

Directed the design and 2006-07 implementation, and the 2009-2010 revision, of the Bachelor of Arts in Education/Initial Teacher Certification degree program in Secondary Earth and Space Sciences Education (a joint degree with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College).

Developed and piloted new courses Exploration of Science Teaching, Teaching Earth and Space Sciences, Situating Earth and Space Sciences in the Southwest, and Connecting Biology, Geology, and Mathematics under the auspices of the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (CRESMET) at ASU. The latter two courses are specifically aimed at in-service middle-school and high-school teachers. I taught the two courses for in-service teachers in school districts in Chandler, Mesa, Superior, and San Carlos Apache Nation, AZ.  The latter two are high-need, minority-majority school districts.

Infused Southwestern place-based teaching and learning approach into large-lecture Introduction to Physical Geology (GLG 101) and Introduction to Historical Geology (GLG 102) courses in SESE to enhance relevance to students.

Collaborator in the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Information Infusion Initiative (CLAS I3) during 2003 and 2004, helping to develop Information Literacy standards for CLAS curricula and disseminating Information Literacy resources to colleagues.

Guided implementation of Blackboard course management software and student response systems (“clickers”) by School of Earth and Space Exploration faculty, under the auspices of the CLAS I3.  Presented several day-long Blackboard training sessions for faculty colleagues.  Installed response-system receivers in lecture rooms with funding from a CLAS Quality of Undergraduate Instruction grant.

Educator and Interpreter Professional Development Workshops Organized and Presented

Organized and led a Mini-Workshop on Place-Based Teaching in Support of Sustainability at the Earth Educators’ Rendezvous, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, July 2016.

Co-organized and co-led a Field Workshop on Earth Science and Mathematics from Native and Western Perspectives under the auspices of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah, San Juan County, UT, June 2016.

Co-organized and co-led a Planetary Geology Field Expedition for U.S. in-service secondary-school Earth and Space Science teachers, under the auspices of the NASA-American Geosciences Institute-Arizona State University Triad Program, Flagstaff, AZ, August 2015.

Co-organized and led a Midwest Native Science Educators Workshop for in-service secondary-school and middle-school science teachers of Native American students, under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation, Cass Lake, MN, August 2015.

Co-organized and co-led a Field Workshop on Earth Science from Native and Western Perspectives under the auspices of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah, San Juan County, UT, June 2015.

Co-organized and led a Southwest Native Science Educators Workshop for in-service secondary-school and middle-school science teachers of Native American students, under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, March 2015.

Co-organized and co-led a Teacher Leadership Academy in Earth and Space Sciences for U.S. in-service secondary-school Earth and Space Science teachers, under the auspices of the NASA-American Geosciences Institute-Arizona State University Triad Program, NASA Wallops Space Flight Center, VA, August 2014.

Co-organized and led the Alaska-Yukon Earth Science Workshop for Interpretive Professionals under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Anchorage, AK, April 2014.

Co-hosted and co-facilitated the NAGT/NSF InTeGrate Workshop on “Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 2014.

Co-organized and led the Northeastern Earth Science Workshop for Interpretive Professionals under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Acadia National Park, ME, September 2013.

Co-organized and co-led a Teacher Leadership Academy in Earth and Space Sciences for U.S. in-service secondary-school Earth and Space Science teachers, under the auspices of the NASA-American Geosciences Institute-Arizona State University Triad Program, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA, August 2013.

Co-organized and co-led a Teacher Field Workshop on Earth and Biological Sciences: Exploring Western and Navajo Perspectives under the auspices of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah, San Juan County, UT, June 2013.

Co-organized and led the Southeastern Earth Science Workshop for Interpretive Professionals under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Charleston, SC, January 2013.

Organized and presented a Professional Development Workshop on Active Learning Strategies for Geoscience Teaching for college faculty at the Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, May 2012.

Co-organized and led the Central Appalachian Earth Science Workshop for Interpretive Professionals under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, March 2012.

Hosted and co-facilitated the NAGT/NSF On The Cutting Edge Workshop on “Teaching About Time,” Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 2012.

Co-organized and co-led a Teacher Leadership Academy in Earth and Space Sciences for U.S. in-service secondary-school Earth and Space Science teachers, under the auspices of the NASA-American Geosciences Institute-Arizona State University Triad Program, NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, TX, August 2011.

Co-organized and led a Teacher Leadership Academy in Earth and Space Sciences and posts-Academy Field Trip for U.S. in-service secondary-school Earth and Space Science teachers, under the auspices of the NASA-American Geosciences Institute-Arizona State University Triad Program, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, June 2011.

Presented webinar on The Energy-Water Nexus: A theme for interdisciplinary Earth Science inquiry for the NAGT/NSF On the Cutting Edge Climate and Energy Webinar Series, April 2011.

Co-organized and co-facilitated the NAGT/NSF On the Cutting Edge Workshop on Preparation for Academic Careers, Stanford University, July 2010.

Co-organized and co-led the Colorado Plateau-Río Grande Rift Earth Science Workshop for Interpretative Professionals under the auspices of the EarthScope National Office Education and Outreach Program, Albuquerque, NM, October 2009.

Co-organized and co-led the EarthScope Geoscience Professional Development Workshop for Native American K-12 teachers under the auspices of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Siting Outreach Program, Flagstaff, AZ, September 2009.

Co-organized and co-facilitated the NAGT/NSF On the Cutting Edge Workshop for Early-Career Geoscience Faculty, College of William & Mary, July 2002.

Co-organized and co-facilitated the NAGT/NSF On the Cutting Edge Workshop for Early-Career Geoscience Faculty, College of William & Mary, July 2001.

Other Contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Invited Discussant for a topical session on Culture, Context and Science Assessments: Obstacles or Opportunities for Glocalization? at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in San Antonio, April 2017.

Invited Discussant for a topical session on Culture, Language, Practices, and Place in STEM Education: Indigenous and Place-Based Approaches from the Pacific and Americas at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in Chicago, April 2015.

Invited Discussant for a topical session on Science Learning Within Cultures: What does it mean to ‘do science’ for different cultures around the world?, at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, April 2013.

Honors / Awards: 

Provost's Teaching Fellow, Arizona State University, 2015-2017.

Best Guidebook Award, Geoscience Information Society, 2015.

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award in the Natural Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, 2014-2015 (Highest teaching award for natural-sciences faculty in the College and University; also nominated for the 2008-2009 award).

Elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America, 2014.

Editor’s Citation as Outstanding Reviewer for Eos, American Geophysical Union, 2013.

Honorary Visiting Professor, Hetao University, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, 2008.

Institute for Humanities Research Fellow, Arizona State University, 2007.

Award for Meritorious Contributions to American Indian People, Northeastern State University of Oklahoma, 1999.

Award for Outstanding Educational Paper, Waste-management Education and Research Consortium (WERC) Conference on the Environment, 1996 and 1999.

Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Teaching Award, Diné College, 1991 and 1992.

Dean's Award for Outstanding Instruction, Diné College, 1990 and 1995.

Goodwin Medal (Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985.

John Wulff Graduate Teaching Award, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 1984.

Editorships: 

Associate Editor, Geosphere (Geological Society of America).

Professional Associations: 

American Geophysical Union. American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Association of American Geographers. Geological Society of America. National Association of Geoscience Teachers — President 2000-2001. National Association for Interpretation. National Association for Research in Science Teaching. National Science Teachers Association. Sigma Xi—The Scientific Research Society. Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Arizona Association for Environmental Education. Arizona Educational Research Organization. Arizona Geological Society. Arizona Hydrological Society. Four Corners Geological Society. New Mexico Geological Society (Life Member).

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Graduate Student Theses and Dissertations Solely Supervised

  • Thomas Ruberto, Ph.D. in progress and M.S., 2018, Implications of learning outcomes of in-person and virtual field-based geoscience instruction at Grand Canyon National Park, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Tom is now studying for a Ph.D. in ASU SESE under my supervision.

  • Ángel Antonio García, Jr., Ph.D., 2018, A study of ethnogeological knowledge and other traditional scientific knowledge in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Ángel is now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University.

  • Rebecca Mathews Frus, M.S., 2011, A study on how the public uses the landscape to understand principles of geologic time while experiencing the Trail of Time interpretative exhibition in Grand Canyon National Park, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Rebecca earned a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 2016 and is now a geoscientist with the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Brian Gleim, M.N.S., 2010, Informal high-school astronomy resources for Arizona, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Brian is now a tenured Astronomy Instructor at Glendale Community College.
  • Tracy Perkins, M.S. 2008, Place attachment in geology students and the general public, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Tracy is now an Adjunct Geology Instructor at Phoenix College and an entrepreneur.
  • Megan O’Shea, M.S. 2008, Hydropolitics: Examining the role of science in Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act of 1980, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. Megan is now a Water Resources Management Specialist for the Wisconsin Division of Natural Resources.
  • Nievita Bueno Watts, M.S., 2007, Visitor preconceptions and meaning-making at Petrified Forest National Park, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Nievita earned a Ph.D. in the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and is now the Director of Academic Programs at the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Oregon Health and Science University.
  • Leslie Ann Field, M.N.S., 2004, A model 400-level Field Hydrogeology course, Department of Geological Sciences. Leslie was a Licensed Professional Geologist in Hawai’i, but sadly, is now deceased.

Graduate Student Theses and Dissertations Co-Supervised

  • Sandra Carolina Londoño Arias, Ph.D., 2016, Ethnogeology at the core of basic and applied research: Surface water systems and mode of action of a natural antibacterial clay of the Colombian Amazon, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Carolina is now a Geology Instructor at South Mountain Community College.
  • Heather Anne Pacheco-Guffrey, Ph.D., 2014, Choice and participation of career by STEM professionals with sensory and orthopedic disabilities and the role of assistive technologies, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Heather is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University.
  • Chris Mead, Ph.D., 2014, Biogeochemistry science and education: Using non-traditional stable isotopes as environmental tracers and Identifying and measuring undergraduate misconceptions in biogeochemistry, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Chris is now the Research Coordinator for the Education through Exploration Center at ASU.
  • Patrick Schwab, Ph.D., 2013, Evaluation of online teacher and student materials for the NRC Science Framework crosscutting science and engineering concepts, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Patrick is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Minot State University.
  • Katrien van der Hoeven Kraft, Ph.D., 2013, Determining persistence of community college students in introductory geology classes, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Katrien (Kaatje) is now a tenured Geology Instructor at Whatcom Community College.
  • Brittany Brand, Ph.D., 2008, Mafic phreatomagmatic volcanism and density current dynamics, School of Earth and Space Exploration. Brittany is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Boise State University.

Graduate Student Dissertations Served as Second Project Advisor and Committee Member

Note: In the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Ph.D. candidates must defend two distinct research projects for their qualifying exams. The Second Project Advisor has a role intermediate between that of a Dissertation Supervisor and a regular Committee Member.

  • George Che, Ph.D., 2018, Advancements in kinetic inductance detector, spectrometer, and amplifier technologies for millimeter-wave astronomy, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Chelsea Allison, Ph.D., 2017, Highly explosive mafic volcanism: The role of volatiles, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Jude Viranga Dingatantrige Perera, Ph.D., 2017, Driven by affect to explore asteroids, the Moon, and science education, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Mary Hannah Schultz, Ph.D., 2017, The Late Cenozoic climatic and tectonic evolution of the Mount Everest region, central Himalaya, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Andrew Darling, Ph.D., 2016, The roles of erosion rate and rock strength in the evolution of canyons along the Colorado River, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • David Haddad, Ph.D., 2014, Effects of fault segmentation, mechanical interaction, and structural complexity on earthquake-generated deformation, School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Graduate Student Theses and Dissertations Served as Committee Member

  • Alana Williams, Ph.D. in progress, Testing the shorter and variable recurrence interval hypothesis along the Cholame segment of the San Andreas Fault, and Exploring the use of (U-Th)/He to date young volcanic eruptions, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Samuel Wachtor, M.S. in progress, Structural evolution and ore mineralization of the Cacachilas Mountains, La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Megan Miller, Ph.D., 2018, Remote sensing and modeling of stressed aquifers and the associated hazards, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Svetlana Shkolyar, Ph.D., 2016, Informing Mars sample selection strategies: Identifying fossil biosignatures and assessing their preservation potential, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Allison Severson, M.S., 2015, Shear-zone hosted gold and silver deposits in the Sierra Cacachilas, Baja California Sur, Mexico, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Deborah Williams, Ph.D., 2012, Speaking place, saving place: Western Apache cultural diversity and public discourse, School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
  • Jeni McDermott, Ph.D., 2012, Exploring evidence for Quaternary north-south directed extension at the southern margin of the Tibetan Plateau, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Gretchen Hawkins, M.S., 2012, Assessing the effects of climate change in a semi-arid basin utilizing a fully distributed hydrologic model: A case study of Beaver Creek, Arizona, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Brad Vance, M.S., 2012, Structural evolution of the McDowell Mountains, Maricopa County, Arizona, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Alka Tripathy, Ph.D., 2011, Exploring the history of India-Eurasia collision and subsequent deformation in the Indus Basin, NW Indian Himalaya, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Melanie Busch, Ph.D., 2011, Late Quaternary normal faulting and hanging wall basin evolution of the southwestern rift-margin from gravity and geology, B.C.S., MX; and Exploring the influence of text-figure format on introductory geology learning, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Joshua Coyan, Ph.D., 2011, Eye-tracking investigations exploring how students learn geology from photographs; and The structural setting of hydrothermal gold deposits in the San Antonio area, B.C.S., MX, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Sarah Robinson, M.S., 2011, Integrating LiDAR topography into the study of earthquakes and faulting, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Ashley Tillman, M.A., 2011, Students’ understanding of weathering and erosion, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
  • Sissy Sze-Mun Wong, Ph.D., 2010, Exploring the beliefs of persisting secondary science teachers in general induction programs: A longitudinal study, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.
  • Jennifer Neakrase, Ph.D., 2010, A characterization of the knowledge and practices of beginning secondary physics teachers, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.
  • Tracy Lund, M.S., 2010, Major-ion and trace-element cycling in an arid, spring-fed stream, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Gerardo Lopez, M.S., 2010, Changes in inquiry practices for beginning chemistry teachers, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education.
  • Shawn Wright, Ph.D., 2009, Terrestrial fieldwork and laboratory thermal infrared spectroscopy of basaltic impactites from the Earth and Mars, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Elizabeth Lewis, Ph.D., 2009, Secondary science teachers’ views toward and classroom translation of sustained professional development, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.
  • Valeria Routt, M.S., 2009, Microbialites in Cuatro Cienegas, Mexico, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Kevin Goldman, M.S., 2009, Diabase alteration and relation to low-temperature mineral deposits, Salt River Canyon area, Arizona, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Sharon Schleigh, Ed.D., 2008, The interaction of assessment format and sex in assessing the knowledge structure coherence of middle school students’ understanding of the concept of force, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.
  • Nathan Wilkens, Ph.D., 2008, Paleoecology of Early Jurassic Navajo Sandstone interdune deposits, School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Sian Proctor, Ph.D., 2006, Student visual-spatial abilities in map use, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.
  • Rebecca Escobar Dial, M.S., 2006, The origin and modification of the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF), Mars, Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Deirdre Hahn, Ph.D., 2005, Psychological, moral, and intellectual dimensions of pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward teaching evolution, Division of Psychology in Education, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.
  • Joshua Coyan, M.S., 2005, Subsurface geology of a groundwater remediation site, eastern Phoenix basin, Arizona, Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Anthony Salem, M.S., 2005, Structural geology and stratigraphy of Paleozoic rocks of the Big Maria syncline, southeastern California, Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Kathleen McFadden, M.S., 2004, End-Permian karst stratigraphy and geochemistry at the Kaibab-Moenkopi contact and its relationship to the Permian-Triassic boundary for northern Arizona, Department of Geological Sciences.
  • Bernadette Tsosie, M.S., 1997, Hydrogeologic characterization of the floodplain that lies below the Uranium-Mill Tailings Remedial Action Site at Shiprock, New Mexico, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
  • Edward Henry, M.S., 1994, Groundwater modeling at the Shiprock Uranium-Mill Tailings Remedial Action Site, Departtment of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico.

Honors Undergraduate Student Theses Supervised

  • Trey Gossard, Honors B.S, 2016, Influences of research experiences for undergraduates on educational and career goals, Barrett, the Honors College, and School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Kara Gasperone, Honors B.A., 2009, Family outdoor experiences and student’s selection of an introductory science course, Barrett, the Honors College, and School of Social and Family Dynamics.

Honors Undergraduate Student Theses Served as Committee Member

  • Mikayla Finger and Rick Spitzer, Honors B.S., 2017, Analysis of Pennsylvanian-Permian conglomerate from the Oak Creek Canyon to Mogollon Rim region, Barrett, the Honors College, and School of Earth and Space Exploration.
  • Calley Galarowicz, Honors B.S., 2013, The Blue Mound Chert: Interpreting a topographic anomaly in southern Wisconsin, Barrett, the Honors College, and School of Earth and Space Exploration.
Work History: 

Since 2016: Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. Since 2015: Associate Director for Community Outreach, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. Since 2003: Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Since 2009: Associate Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. Since 2007: Honors Faculty, Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University. 2011-2013: Associate Director for Undergraduate Education, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. 2003-2009: Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University. 2002-2003: Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Tech. 2000-2003: Chair, Division of Math, Science, and Technology, Diné College, Navajo Nation. 1998: Visiting Associate Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy. 1988-2003: Geology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science Instructor, Diné College, Navajo Nation. 1986-1989: IBM Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Service: 

Service to the Professional Community

Since 2018

Member, Geological Society of America Diversity Committee.

Since 2012

Member, Science Standing Committee for the 2015 and 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Since 2004

Associate Editor, Geosphere, published by Geological Society of America (GSA).

2019

Co-Convener, Pardee Keynote Symposium on Grand Ideas, Grand Events: Geoscience Research, Geoscience Education, and Human Connections to Grand Canyon, at Geological Society of America 131st Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, September 2019.

Co-Convener, Grand Canyon Centennial Geology and Geoscience Education Public Symposium, Grand Canyon National Park, April 2019.

2018-2019

Local Chair, Organizing Committee, Geological Society of America 131st Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, September 2019.

Co-Organizer and Local Host, Geoscience Alliance Fourth National Conference, Phoenix and Tempe, AZ, February 2019.

2002-2018

Associate Editor, Journal of Geoscience Education, published by National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

2018

Co-Convener, Poster Session on “Geoscience and Environmental Science Education in the Cordillera and Rockies,” Geological Society of America Joint Cordilleran-Rocky Mountain Sectional Meeting, Flagstaff, AZ, May 2018.

Organizer and Leader, Pre-Meeting Geological Field Trip to Trail of Time Exhibition, Grand Canyon National Park, Geological Society of America Joint Cordilleran-Rocky Mountain Sectional Meeting, Flagstaff, AZ, May 2018.

2016-2017

Member of the Planning Committee for the 2017 Earth Educators’ Rendezvous, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, July 2017.

2016

Co-Convener, Poster Session on “Education through Exploration: Research and Practice through Digital Platforms,” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2016.

2015

Lead Co-Convener, Poster Session on “Education and Outreach through Large Facilities,” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2015.

2011-2015

Member, ex officio, EarthScope Education and Outreach Steering Committee.

Member, ex officio, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Education and Public Outreach Steering Committee.

Member, ex officio, UNAVCO Education and Community Engagement Advisory Committee.

2000-2014

Treasurer, National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Southwest Section.

2014

Lead Co-Convener, Poster Session on “Broader Impacts of the EarthScope Program: Recent and Active Geoscience Education & Outreach Activities,” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2014.

Co-Convener, Topical Session on “Teaching Geoscience in the Context of Culture and Place for Diversity and Sustainability,” Geological Society of America Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Sections Joint Meeting, Bozeman, MT, May 2014.

2013

Lead Co-Convener, Poster Session on “Broader Impacts of EarthScope: Geoscience Education and Outreach Activities,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2013.

2012

Nominated (one of two candidates) and stood for national election for Member-At-Large, Section on Education, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012-2013.  (Was not elected.)

Lead Co-Convener, Poster Session on “EarthScope in Geoscience Education and Outreach,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 2012.

Lead Co-Convener, Topical Session on “EarthScope in Geoscience Education and Outreach: Past Successes and Future Opportunities,” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, November 2012.

Co-Convener, Topical Session on “Geoscience Education: Current Practice and Research,” Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, May 2012.

Advisory Board Member and Presenter, Native American Geoscience Alliance Conference, Salish Kootenai College, Montana, March 2012.

Organizer and Lead Convener, EarthScope Earth Science Education Provider Summit, ASU, Tempe AZ, February 2012.

2011

Co-Convener, Topical Session on “Time, Events, and Places: Understanding Temporal and Spatial Learning in Geoscience Education,” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 2011.

2010

Chair, American Geophysical Union Waldo Smith Medal Selection Committee.

Advisory Board Member and Presenter, Native American Geoscience Alliance Conference, Fond du Lac Nation, MN, September 2010.

2006-2010

Member, Geological Society of America Education Standing Committee.

2009

Co-Convener, Topical Session on “Place-based Education in Earth Science,” Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 2009.

Panel Member, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Education and Outreach Program Review.

2005-2008

Member, EarthScope Education and Outreach Steering Committee.

2002-2005

Member, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Education and Public Outreach Steering Committee.

2004

Invited Member, National Science Foundation Geoscience Education Second Working Group (GEWG-II); see nsf.gov/geo/adgeo/geoedu/GEWGII_Report_sept_2005.pdf

1996-2001

Member, Haskell Indian Nations University Environmental Research Studies Advisory Board.

1996-2000

Member, American Geophysical Union Committee on Education and Human Resources.

1995-1996

Member, Geological Society of America Committee on Women and Minorities.

Chair, Western Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (Western PETE).

1993-1994

President, Four Corners Geological Society.

Service to Regional and Local Communities

Since 2010

Member, Resolution Copper Mining Company, Education Advisory Committee.

2009-2011

Member, Development and Review Panel for Earth Science Exam, Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments, Arizona Department of Education. 

Member, New Mexico EPSCoR Climate Change Project, External Advisory Committee.

2006-2008

Member, Salt River Project/WESTCARB Carbon Sequestration Project, Advisory Board.

Member, Superior, Arizona Town Council Community Education Committee.

2002-2008

Member, Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, NSF Bioregional Outdoor Education Program Advisory Board.

2001-2003

Member, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, Advisory Committee on Water Quality.

Member, Navajo Nation Uranium Education Program Advisory Panel.

Service to Arizona State University (ASU), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)

Since 2018

Natural Sciences Chair, University General Studies Council, Arizona State University.

Since 2018

Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration. 

Since 2014

ASU SESE Representative, Arizona Geology Articulation Task Force and Arizona Course Equivalency Tracking System.

Since 2007

Faculty Advisor, Rho (ASU) Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Since 2006

Faculty Advisor, SESE Student Geology Club.

Since 2003

Member, Arizona State University American Indian Consortium.

Since 2003

Graduate Mentor, ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. 

2020

Co-Facilitator and Presenter, ASU Virtual INSPIRE College Readiness Program for American Indian High School Students.

2019

Member, University Faculty Fund for Teaching Initiatives Committee.

Co-Facilitator and Presenter, ASU INSPIRE College Readiness Program for American Indian High School Students.

2017-2019

Member, Awards Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

2014-2016

Member, Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Chair (2015-2016) and Natural Sciences Representative, Arizona State University Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee.

2011-2014

Member, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Committee on Quality of Instruction.

2010-2013

Senator, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate.

2010-2012

Member, Faculty Evaluation Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

2009-2011

CLAS Faculty Representative, ASU Provost’s Education Envoy Working Group.

2005-2014

Alternate ASU SESE Representative, Arizona Geology Articulation Task Force.

2004-2006

Member, Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

2003-2005

Member, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Information Technology Committee.