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    16 April 2009
                                   Departmental Faculty
Kathy Bower: Associate Professor; Ph.D. 1996, University of New Mexico       Cameron Craig: Instructor; M.A. 2002; ABD, 2006, Indiana State
 Specialties: Engineering and environmental geology and hydrology.                University
*Diane Burns: Instructor; Ph.D. 2006, University of Wyoming                   Specialties: Climatology of the Midwest, atmospheric education, Co-
 Specialties: Sedimentology, Stratigraphy.                                        director of EIU WeatherCenter.
Craig Chesner: Professor; Ph.D. 1988, Michigan Technological University      James Davis: Assistant Professor; Ph.D. 2001, Kansas State University
 Specialties: Volcanology, Igneous Petrology.                                 Specialties: Rural economic development, tourism and festivals, cultural
                                                                                  geography.
*Katherine Johnson, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. 2008, Ohio State
     University                                                              Vince Gutowski: Professor; Ph.D. 1986, University of Pittsburgh
 Specialties: Cenozoic climate change and paleoceanography, benthic           Specialties: Fluvial geomorphology, Pleistocene record in Illinois
     foraminiferal micropaleontology, paleoecology, evolution,               Belayet Khan: Associate Professor; Ph.D. 1985, University of Pittsburgh
     stratigraphy, Geoscience education.                                      Specialties: Weather and climate, climatology.
John Stimac: Associate Professor; Chair; Ph.D. 1996, University of Oregon    *Christopher Laingen, Assistant Professor; Ph.D. 2009, Kansas State
 Specialties: Structural geology, tectonics, paleomagnetism.                      University
Jim Stratton: Professor; Ph.D. 1975, Indiana University                        Specialties: Biogeography, Land Use Geography, Remote Sensing in the
 Specialties: Paleontology of Paleozoic Bryozoans, Exploration geophysics.        Environment.
                                                                             Godson Obia: Associate Dean of the College of Sciences; Ph.D. 1986,
                                                                                  University of Oklahoma
Susan Kile: Office Manager; B.S. Geography 2005; Eastern Illinois
    University                                                                Specialties: Population, resources, and environmental issues with primary
                                                                                  focus in Africa.
Steve DiNaso: Instructor; B.S. 1995, Eastern Illinois University
                                                                             Thomas Over: Assistant Research Professor; Ph.D. 1995, University of
 Specialties: Applications of GIS to Geology, Geography & Archaeology, GIS        Colorado
    in government.
                                                                              Specialties: Wind erosion, stochastic modeling, global climate change.
                                                                             Betty Smith: Professor; Ph.D. 1994, State University of New York at Buffalo
Brett Anderson: Instructor; M.S. 2000, Kansas State University
                                                                              Specialties: Urban geography, Geography of Latin America, Land Use
 Specialties: Cultural Geography, Geography of the Great Plains.                  Planning.
Bob Cataneo: Instructor; M.S. 2003, Eastern Illinois University              Dave Viertel: Assistant Professor; Ph.D. 2008, Texas State University
 Specialties: Weather and Climate, regional Climatology.                      Specialties: Remote Sensing, Urban Environments, Digital Terrain
Michael Cornebise: Associate Professor; Ph.D. 2003, University of                 Modeling, Quantitative Morphological Analysis.
                  Tennessee - Knoxville
 Specialties: Latin American and European regional geography.
10th Day Enrollments (1978 – 2007)
                 Major information
                  (since the last review)

                 2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007
Geology majors    19     18     17     15     23     27

Minorities        0      0      1      1      2      2

Males             10     11     10     5      14     19

Females           9      7      7      10     8      8
Degrees
                  6      3      4      1      7      4
conferred
   General Education contributions
Scientific Awareness
    Physical Sciences
       Earth Science
       ESC 1400G - Weather and Climate. Credits: 4
       ESC 1490G - Weather and Climate, Honors. Credits: 4

       Geology
       ESC/GEL 1300G - Introduction to Earth Sciences. Credits: 4
       ESC/GEL 1390G - Introduction to Earth Sciences, Honors. Credits: 4
       GEL/INT 2300G - Science and Technology: A Promise or a Threat? Credits: 3
       ESC/GEL 2450G - Oceanography. Credits: 3
       ESC/GEL 3010G - Environmental Physical Sciences. Credits: 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Geography
    GEG 1100G - Cultural Geography. Credits: 3
    GEG 1190G - Cultural Geography, Honors. Credits: 3
    GEG 1200G - World Regional Geography. Credits: 3
    GEG 1290G - World Regional Geography, Honors. Credits: 3

Senior Seminar
    EIU 4101G - Spaceship Earth: The Present State. Credits: 3
    EIU 4190G - Spaceship Earth: The Present State, Honors. Credits: 4
               Geology and Geography
               Comprehensive Sciences
Majors, minors, and options that require, or allow, ESC, GEG, or GEL courses

 Majors
       Geography
       Geology
       Political Science
       Science with Teacher Certification: Earth Science designation
       Social Science with Teacher Certification: Geography designation

• Minors / options
    •   African-American Studies Minor                     • Elementary Education: Middle School
    •   Anthropology Minor                                   Option Elementary Certificate (K-9)
    •   Asian Studies Minor                                • Environmental Studies
    •   Biological Sciences: Environmental Biology         • Geographic Information Sciences Minor
        Option                                             • Geography Minor
    •   Broadcast Meteorology Minor                        • History with International Studies
    •   Early Childhood Education                          • History with Teacher Certification Option
    •   Earth Science Minor                                • Latin American Studies Minor
    •   Economics: International Studies Option            • Physics Major: Applied Physics Option
    •   Elementary Education: General Option               • Physics Major: Radiation Physics Option
        Elementary Certificate (K-9)
How has the Geology program changed since the
  department completed its last IBHE review?
Subsequent to the last External and IBHE reviews, the
  Geology Program has done the following:
   Hired a Structural Geologist,
   Added three new courses (Tectonics, Seminar in
    Planetary Geology, and Seminar in X-Ray Diffraction),
   Increased funding for faculty development at
    conferences,
   Increased funding for student participation on field
    trips, and
   Began the process of developing systematic surveying of
    entering students, continuing students, and alumni.
After Eastern – now what?
National averages (from AGI, 2001)
  How does the Geology program prepare students “to
  reason and to communicate clearly so as to become
       responsible citizens in a diverse world”?
 Written papers / projects in all levels of courses as well
  as in the current capstone course, Field Camp,
 Qualitative assessment in comparison to non-major
  students as well as majors outside the program,
 Projected increases in:
     Environmental geology: +28%
     Geologists and petroleum engineers: +8%
     Geoscientists (general): +26%
     Hydrologists: +24%
(Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data for projections through 2016)
    Learning goals and objectives.
After completing this program, students should …
 Be employable in geology-related fields or able to further their
    education in graduate programs.
   Determine methods and approaches needed to solve a geological
    problem.
      Demonstrate competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral
       presentation and defense of hypotheses.
   Apply theoretical, conceptual, and observation knowledge to the
    analysis of geologic data and solve geologic problems.
   Plan instruction and design learning experiences for students and
    make subject matter comprehensive.
   Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss issues related to geology
    that impact society and planet Earth.
   Develop competency in the interpretation of earth science data,
    including both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Learning outcomes, cont.
After completing this program, students should …
 Achieve competence in:
    Locating and interpreting scientific literature.
    Giving oral presentations.
    Using computers at a level consistent with current professional
      practice.
    Expressing earth science concepts in writing.
 understand how the scientific method applies to the earth sciences.
 have a thorough knowledge and understanding of core concepts in the
  earth sciences.
 have a fundamental set of skills that can be applied to a variety of
  situations, including critical thinking and communication skills.
          Geology as a good model for
           undergraduate education
 Breadth of curriculum,
    Required biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics,
     and physics courses (29 sh required; 3 sh elective)
        Requires more horizontal and vertical integrative learning
 Field experiences allow for active learning,
    Required and elective field trips every semester of the
     program with 6-week capstone field experience
        Requires reflection, metacognition, problem solving,
         engagement, and collaboration
       Geology as a good model for
      undergraduate education, cont.
 Undergraduate research
    17 majors involved in research,
    3 received Honors College grants,
    5 presented research at GSA or AGU,
    1 had research featured in local paper.
        Requires intentionality, reflection, problem solving,
         collaboration, and personal integrative learning
 Geology in the Schools Outreach Program
    Majors give nearly a 1000 demonstrations per year
        Involves collaboration, engagement, reflection integrative
         learning
Programmatic Changes
 Recommendations from recent External Review as
 they pertain to the program:
   Yearly updates to the …
       Strategic Plan (5-year plan),
       Technology Plan (departmental and discipline specific),
       Curriculum, in the form of a comparison to peer institutions
        and national trends,
       Staffing plan, regardless of retirements,
       Comprehensive Assessment Plan in order to assess the
        program and curriculum from the first year through at least
        the tenth year after graduation.
Future Items for Discussion
 Recruitment (both freshman and transfer)
 Post-baccalaureate preparedness
 Increased research participation
 Increased internship participation
 Facility concerns

				
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