2017 Geo2YC Officer Elections

published May 30, 2017 12:00am

It is time to vote for Geo2YC: Two-Year College Division of NAGT. The ballot includes President, Vice President, Newsletter Editor, and Archivist. Voting begins on May 30 and ends on July 1, 2017.

Officer Candidate Biographies


Callan Bentley is an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus. In addition to teaching introductory geology courses there, Callan has developed new courses including Snowball Earth, Regional Field Geology of the Northern Rockies, Regional Field Geology of the Canadian Rockies, and Regional Field Geology of Eastern California. His academic background includes a BS in geology at the College of William & Mary (1996), an MS in geology from the University of Maryland, College Park (2004), and an MS in Science Education from Montana State University (2009).

Vice President

Joy Branlund has been teaching geology at Southwestern Illinois College since 2001, where she has recently taken over as chair of the Physical Science Department. She is co-PI on the college's NSF-funded S-STEM program. She has been a member of NAGT's Geo2yc section since its inception, and participated in several 2yc activities especially as part of the Illinois Association of Geoscience Instructors. Joy was co-author of InTeGrate's Introductory Geoscience Module, Humans' Dependence on Earth's Mineral Resources.

Newsletter Editor

Sherry Oaks is an experienced faculty and author published in major academic journals including EOS, Earthquake Spectra, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, IEEE, Geomorphology, Mountain Research and Development, Climate Change, Earthquake Spectra and 2 academic books as well as U.S.G.S. Professional Papers. Sherry was a full time professor until she was struck with Multiple Sclerosis, which sidelined her full time career. Sherry remains active in teaching as an adjunct faculty. Sherry received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Geo2YC NAGT teaching award in Winter of 2017.

She also remains involved in science and science policy as well as science education. Sherry is a contract editor for journals and a writer/editor for college Earth, Atmospheric and Space Science textbooks.


Pete Berquist teaches geology at Thomas Nelson Community College in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has been on the 2YC scene since 2007 and involved as a SAGE Change Agent, Integrate module author, SERC Traveling Workshop Program facilitator, and contributor to the In The Trenches publication. Pete is a champion for getting students out in the field, supporting adjunct instructors, and sharing best practices with fellow instructors to ensure student success in our classes and programs.