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Teaching has been a major focus for me since I graduated from college in 1999. After graduating from the College of William and Mary as a Geology major and History minor, I moved to Houston, Texas to become a middle school science and US History teacher as a Teach for America corps member. I earned my secondary teaching credentials in the state of Texas by the end of my first year of teaching, and I have been passionate about teaching ever since. The following is a list of the coursesI teach at UT-Arlington.

Courses Taught:

GEOL 2404 Geologic Hazards

Processes acting on the earth for billions of years provide the driving force for natural hazards we hear about in the news on a regular basis. Whether or not these hazards turn into catastrophes, however, depend in large part on human activities and choices. The primary objective of this course is to explore how scientists, engineers, and policy makers utilize geologic concepts to understand, predict, assess the potential risk of, and mitigate natural hazards.

Natural Hazards by Keller and DeVecchio

GEOL 3443 Structural Geology

This course is a blend of classical structural geology with a more rigorous introduction to solid mechanics applied to the analysis of geologic structures. Students will learn to critically observe, map, and describe rock structures, including folds, fractures, and shear zones at the microscopic, outcrop, and tectonic scales. Special emphasis will be given to critical thinking and quantitative analysis. Laboratory exercises will include practice of geologic mapping skills, an introduction to continuum mechanics applied to analyzing geologic structures, and basic analytical and computer modeling.

Structural Geology by Haakon Fossen

GEOL 4304/5304 Solid Earth Geomechanics

This course focuses on quantitative approaches to structural geology, introducing students to the basics of classical and continuum mechanics and their applications to solving problems of deformation in the earth. Class examples, examples from recent scientific literature, and laboratory exercises/problem sets illustrate mechanical analysis of natural geologic structures such as faults, folds, lava flows, and dikes, as well as practical problems including basic analysis of the stability of well-bores and underground excavations. Students will review examples from the literature that apply mechanical methods to geologic problems and complete their own analysis as a term project. Laboratory exercises will utilize MATLAB as a tool to quantitatively analyze spatial data and solve elastic and viscous boundary-value problems.

Fundamentals of Structural Geology, by Pollard and Fletcher

GEOL 4305 Selected Topics in Geology: Rock Fracture Mechanics

Principles and tools of elasticity theory and fracture mechanics are applied to the origins and physical behaviors of faults, dikes, joints, veins, solution surfaces, and other natural structures in rock. Special emphasis will be given to the integration of field observations of fractures in rock with engineering fracture mechanics and the elastic theory of cracks in order to explore the role of natural fractures in brittle rock deformation in the earth's crust with applications to crustal deformation, structural geology, petroleum geology, engineering geology, and hydrogeology.

Course Notes, Primary Literature