Hello! My name is Dr. Laura Guertin. I am an Associate Professor of Earth Science at Penn State Brandywine in Media, PA.
This blog captures my professional accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom. Here, you can learn about my teaching philosophy, my use of technology (check out my Teaching With Technology portfolio), and view additional activities.
I maintain close ties with the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences at Penn State. In addition to serving as the college representative at the Brandywine campus, I participate in research and pedagogical projects with faculty, staff and students at University Park. At Penn State Brandywine, I oversee the intercollege minor on environmental inquiry.
My goals for the courses I teach are to provide students hands-on inquiry-based scientific investigations of their own design, to integrate technological tools (such as GPS, Google Earth, and Penn State’s Media Commons), to have students effectively communicate their new content knowledge, and to increase their geographic literacy. I want my students to understand the nature of science and scientific inquiry, and most importantly, to be scientifically-literate citizens! My pedagogical research allows me to develop and integrate new and innovative methods like Just-in-Time Teaching to effectively engage and increase student learning. I have served as a councilor-at-large for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
I have a passion for mentoring undergraduate students in their first two years on inquiry-based projects and independent research. A number of students have worked with me and presented their findings at conferences and/or co-authored papers for peer-reviewed publications. I have served as the chair for the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and continue to serve as an elected councilor for the Geoscience Division.
A complete copy of my curriculum vitae can be downloaded as a PDF document (updated December 2013). I maintain a blog for my students to learn more about my life as a faculty member and to see what I do when I travel to conferences and in the field at Journeys of Dr. G.
View my profile at about.me: http://about.me/drlauraguertin
View my Google Scholar Profile at: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xYFIJ1QAAAAJ