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Professor Karen Kortz


I teach geology and oceanography at the Lincoln Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island, and I love what I do! I have been teaching at CCRI since 2001.  In addition to teaching courses, I am also the co-coordinator of the Honors Program at CCRI.

I am interested in how to best teach Earth science. I am currently involved in several NSF grants to try to learn more about researching students' misconceptions and improving their learning in geology. I am also developing worksheets for use in the classroom (called Lecture Tutorials) to improve the student experience in introductory geoscience courses.  In order to learn from other instructors also doing research, I attend and present at national meetings (for example the Geological Society of America).

My undergraduate degree is in Geology from Pomona College.  I have a M.S. in Geology from Brown University.  And, I completed my Ph.D.  in Geoscience at the University of Rhode Island, with a dissertation titled "Alternative conceptions of introductory geoscience students and a method to decrease them."


Contact Information:
Karen Kortz
Physics Department -- Lincoln
Room 1204

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