Cathy Manduca

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

As Director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College I lead our work to improve education guiding projects to completion, developing new directions, raising funds and managing our staff. I am the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) where I work to ensure that the organization is financially healthy, running smoothly and most important maximizing its support for learning about the Earth. I am the lead PI for InTeGrate, the NSF STEP Center in the Geosciences which aims to transform geoscience education so that students of all kinds have opportunities to learn about the Earth in the context of the resource and environmental issues faced by civilization today. My work includes organizing workshops and other activities for faculty and educators of all types, developing web-resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion, and researching learning by geoscientists, faculty and students. Topics of focus include bringing research results on teaching and learning into broader use in the geosciences, understanding geoscience expertise, and building strong geoscience departments. I am the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the American Geophysical Union, the National Academy of Science Board on Science Education, and as retiring chair of the AAAS Education Section.

Project Leader, Workshop Leader and Participant, Website Contributor

Project Leader

InTeGrate part of Integrate
The InTeGrate program supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum.

Synthesis of Research on Thinking and Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning:Synthesis Study
This project synthesizes existing knowledge and articulates unanswered questions in critical areas of research on cognition and learning relevant to the Geosciences.

Bringing MARGINS Research into the Classroom part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom
A series of workshops devoted to the development of classroom-ready web-based mini-lessons incorporating MARGINS Data.

On the Cutting Edge part of Cutting Edge
The On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty brings together workshops, websites, and research activities to support highest quality undergraduate geoscience education.

Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
This site is designed to help faculty and graduate students learn about instructional methods for teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses.

Research on Learning in the Geosciences part of Research on Learning
This site has many important lessons that can improve teaching in the geosciences and brings together resources for faculty, teachers and curriculum developers working in the geosciences including

DLESE Community Services Center part of DLESE Community Services
The Digital Library for Earth Science Education Community Service Center seeks to increase and diversify the current resource user and contributor base, improve the ability of users and contributors to easily find, adapt, and effectively use high quality digital resources.

Website Content Contributions

Essays (7)

What could the President do? part of Earth and Mind:Posts
How could the President help improve our ability to teach undergraduates? By helping the nation understand that teaching is a sophisticated skill, by encouraging colleges and universities to support their faculty ...

Geoscience Departments at Risk part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Strategies for making your department an invaluable asset to your institution

Writers are Made not Born part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on improving geoscience students writing skills

Systems Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Tom Friedman's recent article shows the importance of a systems approach to our society. Teaching this approach is one of our most important contributions to students education.

A Well Graded Trail part of Earth and Mind:Posts
Thoughts on structuring work on both short and long time scales to increase productivity and avoid burn out.

By Way of Introduction part of Earth and Mind:Posts
What Cathy plans to talk about in her posts and a few rules for engagement.

Self-Reflections from the Field: Pressure Release Thinking part of Earth and Mind:Posts
On the value of pressure-release thinking and serendiptiy time in supporting a creative professional life.

Conference Presentations (17)

InTeGrate: A Systems Approach to Transforming Higher Education part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Now in its fourth year, the InTeGrate project seeks to transform teaching and learning about the Earth in higher education. Traditionally, focusing on Earth processes and Earth history, geoscience is taught in ...

On the Cutting Edge: Demonstrating Impact on Teaching part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Established in 2002 with funding from NSF, more than 1800 geoscience faculty, post-docs and graduate students have participated in On the Cutting Edge (CE) professional development workshops. The CE website, ...

A Curricular Audit Process for Faculty Developers of Student-Centered Curricula that Meld Geoscience and Societal Issues part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
We designed and refined a curriculum auditing methodology to support faculty authors preparing materials for the Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. Authors with ...

Assessing validity of the Geoscience Literacy Exam (GLE) part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The Geoscience Literacy Exam (GLE) consists of 52 multiple choice and 30 essay questions that align with the content presented in four literacy documents: Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate. For each literacy ...

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Unlike many problems of the past climate change is impacting and will impact a broad cross section of society. In order to respond, manage, and adapt to those change citizens of all ages need accurate, up to date ...

Broadening Participation through a Community-Building Approach in STEM: Carleton College's Cohort Program Components and Evaluation part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Cohort programs supporting students' sense of belonging, support for learning, and drive to succeed have been instrumental in increasing successful completion of STEM majors by members of underrepresented ...

Replicating the effects ongoing treatment through sustained networks: the Impact of the On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty (CE) on faculty learning about teaching part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
An interview study of 15 geoscience faculty characterized how some Cutting Edge (CE) workshop participants develop networks of support to sustain changes in teaching, following a workshop experience. These networks ...

Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future with the InTeGrate Website part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
One of the main project goals of InTeGrate, Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future, is to greatly increase the number of undergraduate students that are ready to creatively, effectively, ...

Geoscience Education Research: A Brief History, Context and Opportunities part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
DBER combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of discipline-specific science content. It describes the discipline-specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and ...

Broadening Access to STEM and Geoscience through Support for the Whole Student part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Over the last decade, the percentage of students from underrepresented minorities (URM) graduating with geoscience degrees has increased dramatically. But progress has been faster across the whole of STEM and in ...

EarthConnections part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
To develop a diverse geoscience workforce, the EarthConnections collective impact alliance is developing regionally focused, Earth education pathways. These pathways support and guide students from engagement in ...

Reformed teaching in geoscience classrooms: How engaged are our students and what can we do to engage them more? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday B
A team of trained observers made direct observations of 204 unique geoscience classes across the US using the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). Observed classes were taught by faculty of diverse ...

Expanding the perspective and offerings of the Traveling Workshop Program part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) has been strengthening departments and courses by offering workshop opportunities for departments and groups to examine such topics as program design, curriculum mapping, ...

For Higher Ed portal to Resources Supporting Change from Individual to Program scales part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Making and supporting changes in higher education at multiple scales presents challenges that are shared broadly by individuals and programs across institution types. It is important that we, as agents of change, ...

Drawing Diverse Students into your Class part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Friday A
Broadening the diversity of students learning about the Earth is of fundamental importance if society is to meet the resource and environmental challenges facing it. The perspectives of groups traditionally ...

Geoscience Education and the Larger STEM Agenda part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday A
From developing critical thinking skills to supporting success for all students, geoscience education activities are playing a major role in supporting bigger agendas in higher education. Drawing on recent ...

Models of program – scale change: Common elements in the implementation of the InTeGrate design philosophy and teaching materials part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday A
Solving the Earth-related grand challenges facing society and building a sustainable future requires both an Earth literate public and a workforce that can bring geoscience to bear on tough societal issues. ...

Other Contributions (9)

My Interest in ASCN: Cathy Manduca part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:Member Profiles
Carleton College Science Education Resource Center (SERC) Director Prior Organizational Change Work I have been involved in leading change in the geoscience community as a PI with Heather Macdonald on the On the ...

Serving Our Communities Blog part of NAGT:Professional Development:Serving Our Communities:Blog Posts
This blog showcases the ways in which geoscience educators are serving their communities - local, regional, state, national and international - through their own teaching, research and service, or by engaging their ...

What does it mean to be a geoscientist? Is there a core curriculum? part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Mini Workshops:Core Geo Curriculum
Geoscientists work in a very wide range of jobs from exploration geologist, to consulting hydrologist, to environmental regulator, to Earth science teacher and beyond. This workshop will explore what we mean when ...

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway part of CLN:Climate Change Education Projects National Science Foundation

Cathryn Manduca part of Reconsidering the Textbook:Participant Profiles
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Transforming Earth Education - A Look Backward and Forward part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Plenary Sessions
It has been 20 years since the publication of Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education, calling for an integrated approach to learning about the Earth system aimed at creating a scientifically ...

March 2016 Spotlight: Cathy Manduca part of NAGT:Divisions:Geoscience Education Research Division
March 2016 Spotlight: Cathy Manduca The March 2016 GER Spotlight is Dr. Cathy Manduca, Director of the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. She describes her career trajectory as a geoscience ...

What Are the Core Competencies and Skills for Earth Science Students? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Panel Discussions
Prior to redesigning the entire undergraduate geology curriculum at Lake Superior State University we conducted a national survey of all undergraduate geoscience programs through the American Geosciences Institute. ...

Town Hall part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Plenary Sessions
The town hall will allow us to collectively reflect on the lessons we learned as a community at the Rendezvous and address any opportunities we see for collective action or impact.


Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Central Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division, Geoscience Education Research Division, Teacher Education Division

Workshop Leader (77 workshops)

Teaching with MATLAB 2015
October 2015
ITG Coastal Hazards, Risk, and Environmental Justice Workshop
May 2015
Risk and Resilience Workshop 2014
May 2014
Getting the Most out of Your Intro Courses 2014
March 2014
InTeGrate Broadening Access Workshop
February 2014
ITG Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce
June 2013
Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches
April 2013
March 6-8 2013 InTeGrate Engineering Workshop
March 2013
InTeGrate Sustainability Courses Workshop July 2012
July 2012
ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012
June 2012
Teaching Environmental Geology 2012
June 2012
Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability Workshop, 2012
May 2012
Spring 2012 Workshop
March 2012
ITG Teacher Preparation Module Development Meeting
March 2012
Teaching About Time Workshop 2012
February 2012
Temporal Learning Journal Club 2011
January 2011
2010 AGU Heads and Chairs Workshop
December 2010
Teaching About Earth's Climate Using Data and Numerical Models
October 2010
Climate Change 2010
August 2010
2010 Workshop: Teaching Geoscience Online
June 2010
Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences
April 2010
Understanding the Deep Earth
February 2010
Teaching Service Learning in the Geosciences
February 2010
Developing Modules for Teaching Economics
October 2009
Developing Modules for Teaching Economics
October 2009
Broadening Access to STEM Workshop
June 2009
Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges Workshop 2009
June 2009
Strengthening Your Geoscience Program
June 2009
Using MARGINS Data in your Classroom
May 2009
Energy Workshop 2009
May 2009
Developing Modules for Teaching Economics
April 2009
Assessing Geoscience Programs: Theory and Practice
February 2009
Introductory Courses Workshop AGU 2008
December 2008
The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience
November 2008
Hurricane-Climate Change Connection 2008
October 2008
Developing Strategies for the Assessment of Quantitative Reasoning
October 2008
Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges Workshop 2008
July 2008
Introductory Courses 2008
July 2008
Climate Change 2008
June 2008
Writing with Numbers Workshop
May 2008
Developing Civil Action Assessment Instruments 2008
May 2008
Online Games 2008
April 2008
New Geoscience Tools 2008
February 2008
Career Development: Strategic Persuasion Dec 2007
December 2007
Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges Workshop 2007
July 2007
Teacher Preparation Workshop 2007
May 2007
Connecting Geoscience Departments to the Future of Science
April 2007
Early Earth 2007
April 2007
Bringing MARGINS Science to the Classroom
April 2007
Affective Domain 2007
February 2007
The Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals
January 2007
Career Prep '06
July 2006
Infusing Quantitative Literacy into Introductory Geoscience Courses Workshop
June 2006
June 2006
Reconsidering the "Textbook"
May 2006
Improving the Quantitative Training of Earth Science Graduate Students
February 2006
Career Prep '05
July 2005
Ocean System 2005
July 2005
Quantitative Skills 2005
June 2005
Geochemistry 2005
May 2005
Student Learning: Observing and Assessing 2005
May 2005
Developing Pathways to Strong Departments for the Future Workshop
February 2005
Teaching with Visualizations - AGU
December 2004
Career Prep '04
July 2004
Quantitative Skills 2004
July 2004
Early Career '04
June 2004
Using Data in the Classroom Workshop 2004
May 2004
Visualization Workshop 2004
February 2004
Teaching Petrology
July 2003
Teacher Preparation '03
May 2003
Web-based Resources 2003
February 2003
Data, Simulations, and Models Workshop 2002
December 2002
Course Design '02
July 2002
Quantitative Skills 2002
July 2002
GeoPRISMS 2014 Workshop: Bringing NSF MARGINS Research Into the Undergraduate Curriculum
GeoPRISMS 2013 Workshop: Bringing NSF MARGINS Research Into the Undergraduate Curriculum
Research on Learning

Workshop Participant (11 workshops)