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Geology & Geological Engineering/ Geophysics/ Mining Engineering/ Petroleum Engineering Joint Lecture: Chris Atchison

February 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chris Atchison

Chris Atchison, National Science Foundation

Joint Geology & Geological Engineering/ Geophysics/ Mining Engineering/ Petroleum Engineering Departments Lecture

Berthoud 241/ Zoom, 4PM, Thursday, February 16, 2023

Broadening Participation in Geoscience Field-studies through Inclusively Designed Communities of Learning”

Abstract: Regardless of the discipline, field-focused coursework places an implicit prerequisite on the physical ability needed to navigate the often rugged, ever-changing and unpredictable, natural environment. As a result, most field-focused disciplines marginalize those who do not fit the traditional model of a field practitioner. This marginalization is culturally derived from a social deficit model, where barriers to participating in field studies lie in the inability of the individual rather than the exclusionary nature in the way field courses are traditionally taught.

Broadening participation research focused on accessibility in the geosciences is working to remove barriers to participation and catalyze a disciplinary shift toward inclusive pedagogical practice. Through intentional instructional design and technology integration, students are free to focus on the science and participate in communities of learning void of the social barriers of bias and stereotype. This presentation will discuss an evolution in inclusive geoscience education:  how barriers to participation have been identified and addressed through examples of accessible field courses that embody elements of universally-designed pedagogical strategies.


Dr. Chris Atchison is a Professor of Geoscience Education in the School of Education and Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati, current Program Officer in the Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM in the Directorate for STEM Education at the National Science Foundation, and Founder of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (The IAGD). Chris advocates for a more accessible and inclusive shift in traditional methods teaching and learning where students and geoscientists with disabilities are provided opportunities to experience, participate and actively engage in accessible pathways to the geoscience workforce. His research is based on the intentional development of inclusive communities of learning in classroom, laboratory, and field studies and the implementation of universally designed instructional strategies.

This lecture is scheduled in a hybrid format. If you would like to join the meeting please:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Meeting ID: 920 6764 8071
Password: 829632

The Lecture is scheduled at 4-5pm in BE 241/ Zoom (hybrid format), and after the lecture there will be a get-together from 5-6pm in BE 243 with appetizers and drinks.


Dr. .Chris Atchison CSM Meetings

9.30-11.00 coffee with grad students – BE 205: Come learn and ask questions about Geoscience Education, the International Association for Geoscience Diversity, NSF DI&A opportunities, NSF in general, or any type of career questions. Dropping by for part of the time is fine. There will be coffee!

12.00-1.30 NSF opportunities lunch – CoorsTek 282: for Faculty and other researchers, including Postdocs and Research Associates. Dr. Atchison will give a brief overview on NSF opportunities pertaining to DI&A, after which there will be plenty of time for questions and/or brainstorming. Please sign up, no later than February 13 See your email for a link or contact Yvette Kuiper (


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