TNCC Instructor Joins Committee to Create Professional Organization for Geoscience Educators


Published: December 15, 2010

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) adjunct Geology instructor Lynsey LeMay is among 10 geoscience educators on an committee to establish a professional organization for geoscience instructors at two-year colleges. The new organization will be affiliated with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), a group created to enhance formal and informal earth science education for K-12 students and students at colleges and universities.

The group will provide special support for geoscience faculty at two-year colleges, promote opportunities to expand professional development, and build an online portal for 2YC geoscience educators. Additionally, it will establish best practices for geoscience education at two-year colleges and develop programs that will improve student learning and retention for diverse populations.

LeMay says she joined the organization to contribute to better communication among geoscience faculty at two-year schools. “As an adjunct, I feel that this is very important because while isolation is often used to describe how [two-year college] faculty feel in general, I think that word also very adequately describes adjuncts, who are even more isolated, but often want to be involved at a greater level,” she said. “When faculty are able to attend meetings, and become involved, faculty are more motivated, have better connections to provide innovative classroom experiences, all which directly affect and allow students to benefit as well,” LeMay said.

Thomas Nelson offers Physical Geology, Historical Geology and a myriad of opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. TNCC students study geology in Hampton Roads and during other field experiences, which include trips throughout Virginia and nationwide. For more information about all of TNCC’s course offerings, visit our website at www.tncc.edu.



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