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Barbara Tewksbury




Barbara Tewksbury is professor of geology at Hamilton College, where she holds the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair. She has spoken widely and published on geoscience education issues and has played a leadership role in the national geoscience education community for many years. As a Distinguished Speaker for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) for seven years, she gave dozens of workshops to faculty in departments across the country. She has been co-PI on a number of grants to offer workshops for geoscience faculty, including the NAGT/DLESE Cutting Edge Workshops for Geoscience Faculty (, NAGT workshops on Innovative and Effective Teaching in the Geosciences, Course Design in the Geosciences, and Workshops for Early Career Faculty in the Geosciences: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career. She is currently President of the American Geological Institute. She is a Past President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and served as President of the Geology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research for three years. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and served as an elected member of the GSA Council. She was a member of the NSF National Visiting Committee for the Massachusetts Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation.

In 1994, she received NSF funding to develop an interdisciplinary course entitled "The Geology and Development of Modern Africa," which was one of the courses selected in 2002 to be a model course for national dissemination in the American Association of Colleges and Universities' SENCER program. She was named CASE New York State Professor of the Year in 1997 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and she is the 2004 recipient of NAGT's Neil Miner Award for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences. 


structural geology
planetary geology
geoscience education 


Macdonald, R.H., Manduca, C.A., Mogk, D.W., Tewksbury, B.J., 2005, On the Cutting Edge: Improving learning by enhancing teaching in the geosciences: in About Invention and Impact: Building Excellence in Undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education: Proceedings of an April 2004 Conference, Co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Macdonald, R.H., Manduca, C.A., Mogk, D.W., Tewksbury, B.J.,, in press, Teaching methods in undergraduate geoscience courses: results of the 2004 On the Cutting Edge survey of U.S. faculty: Journal of Geoscience Education.

Macdonald, R.H, Manduca, C.A., Mogk, D.W., and. Tewksbury, B., 2004, On the Cutting Edge: Leadership Development in the Geosciences: Project Kaleidoscope Volume IV: What Works, What Matters, What Lasts, posted July 23 in The work of disciplinary societies in identifying and nurturing faculty leaders;
Tewksbury, Barbara J. and Macdonald, R. Heather, 2005, On the Cutting Edge tutorial for designing effective and innovative courses:

Tewksbury, Barbara and Stuehmeyer, Elsie, 2001, The art of kiltmaking: step-by-step instructions for making a traditional Scottish kilt: Deansboro, NY, Celtic Dragon Press, 142p.