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Steven Semken

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Instructor
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Senior Sustainability Scientist
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, and education. 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. 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 (through June 2020).
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HazWOpER; OSHA 1910.120); certified since 1995; most recent recertification by Arizona State University (through June 2020).
  • Arizona State Community College Teaching Certification in Earth Sciences and Geology, since 1988.
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.

Research Activity
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
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SOS 372Earth Science in AZ & the SW
GLG 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 301Earth Science in AZ & the SW
SES 494Special Topics
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
GLG 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)

Associate Editor, Journal of Geoscience Education (National Association of Geoscience Teachers)

 

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

Professional Community Service

Since 2004     Associate Editor, Geosphere, published by Geological Society of America (GSA).

Since 2012     Member, Science Standing Committee for the 2015 and 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Since 2017     Member, Committee on Diversity in the Geosciences, Geological Society of America.

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.

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.

2011-2015     Member, ex officio, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Education and Public Outreach Steering Committee.

2011-2015     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.

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.)

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

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.

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

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

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.

2010     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.

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.

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.

1995-1996     Chair, Western Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (Western PETE).

1993-1994     President, Four Corners Geological Society.

 

Regional and Local Community Service

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.

2009-2011     Member, New Mexico EPSCoR Climate Change Project, External Advisory Committee.

2006-2008     Member, Salt River Project/WESTCARB Carbon Sequestration Project, Advisory Board.

2006-2008     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.

2001-2003     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     Member, 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.

2014-2016      Member, Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

2014-2016     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, Vision and Curriculum Committee, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration.

2003-2005     Member, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Information Technology Committee.