I am passionate about the field of geology/environmental science and enjoy introducing students to the world around them. I love watching the excitement in student's faces when they begin to understand a concept that is new to them.
My main objective as a professor is to help students learn, I see myself as a guide to the learning process rather than the fountain of all knowledge to impart. When students tell me that they see the world around them with new eyes, then I know I have been successful.
I use a variety of techniques to help students learn: illustrated lectures, group learning/peer teaching, hands-on activities, personal response system ("clickers"), reflective writing assignments, etc. Most importantly, I take students into the field and get them up-close and personal with the rocks and geologic features. Being able to see things in a real-world context helps students learn.
I challenge students to do their best and I provide them with the tools they will need to succeed.
- Geochemistry of igneous rocks
- Granite petrogenesis
- Hydrothermal albitization of granite
- Use of writing to enhance learning in undergraduate courses
- Preparation of pre-service teachers in earth sciences