Presented to CAA
16 April 2009
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
*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
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)
(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
6 3 4 1 7 4
General Education contributions
ESC 1400G - Weather and Climate. Credits: 4
ESC 1490G - Weather and Climate, Honors. Credits: 4
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
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
EIU 4101G - Spaceship Earth: The Present State. Credits: 3
EIU 4190G - Spaceship Earth: The Present State, Honors. Credits: 4
Geology and Geography
Majors, minors, and options that require, or allow, ESC, GEG, or GEL courses
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
Increased funding for student participation on field
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%
(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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
Increased research participation
Increased internship participation