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R. Heather Macdonald

Chancellor Professor Emeritus

Email: [[rhmacd]]

  • Ph.D. & M.S., University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., Carleton College
Current Projects
Research Interests

Geoscience education, faculty professional development, geoscience in two-year colleges, teacher education

Selected Publications

Beane, R.J., McNeal, K.S., & Macdonald, R.H. (2019) Broadening participation: Results from the National Geoscience Faculty Survey. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 67, p. 427-445.

Macdonald, R.H., Beane, R.J., Baer, E.M.D., Eddy, P.L, Emerson, N.R., Hodder, J., Iverson, McDaris, J.R., O’Connell, K., Ormand, C.J. (2019) Accelerating change: The power of faculty change agents to promote diversity, equity, and inclusive teaching practices, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 67, p. 330-339.

St. John, K., Bitting, K., Cervato, C. Kastens, K.A., Macdonald, R.H., McDaris, J., cNeal, K.S., Petcovic, H., Pyle, E., Riggs, E., Ryker, K., Semken, S. & Teasdale, R. (2019), An evolutionary leap in how we teach geosciences, Eos, 100,

Manduca, C. A., Iverson, E. R., Luxenberg, M., Macdonald, R. H., McConnell, D. A., Mogk, D. W., and Tewksbury, B. J., 2017, Improving undergraduate STEM education: The efficacy of discipline-based professional development: Science Advances, v. 3, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1600193

Hodder, J., Macdonald, R. and Apple, J., 2015, Two- and four-year colleges team up to support science students, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO022645. 

Macdonald, R.H., Beane, R.J., Allen-King, R.M., Iverson, E.R., Manduca,C.A., Mogk, D.W., Ormand, J., Richardson, R.M., Tewksbury, B.J., and Yuretich R.F., 2013, On the Cutting Edge workshops and web resources for early career geoscience faculty: in The Role of Scientific Societies in STEM Faculty Workshops, Robert C. Hilborn (ed.). American Association of Physics Teachers. p. 46-55.

Tewksbury, B.J., Manduca, C.M, Mogk, D.M., and Macdonald, R.H.., 2013, Geoscience education for the Anthropocene in Bickford, M.E., ed., The Impact of the Geological Sciences on Society: Geological Society of America Special Paper 501, p.189-201.

Manduca, C.A., D.W. Mogk, B. Tewksbury, R.H. Macdonald, S.P.. Fox, E.R. Iverson, K. Kirk,J. McDaris, C. Ormand, and M. Bruckner, 2010, SPORE: Science Prize for Online Resourcesin Education: On the Cutting Edge: Teaching Help for Geoscience Faculty: Science, v. 327, no.5969, pp. 1095-1096.

Fortenberry, N. L., Cady, E., T., Bramwell, F., Clewell, B., Flaris, V., Jolly, E., Martin, D., Macdonald, H., Poston, M., Rodriguez, A., & Spalter-Roth, R., 2009, Metrics for measuring broadening participation in NSF programs: Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 15 (3), 245-261.

Wenner, J.M., Baer, E.M., Manduca, C.A., Macdonald, R.H., Patterson, S., and Savina,M., 2009, The case for infusing quantitative literacy into introductory geoscience courses:Numeracy, v. 2, Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at:

Manduca, C.A., Baer, E., Hancock, G., Macdonald, R.H., Patterson, S., Savina, M., and Wenner, J., 2008, Making undergraduate geoscience quantitative. Eos, v. 89, p. 149-150.

Tewksbury, B.J. and Macdonald, R.H., 2007, A practical strategy for designing effectiveand innovative courses, in Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining a Research-SupportiveUndergraduate Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Curricular Practices from Faculty andInstitutions Engaged in Undergraduate Research (eds K.K. Karukstis and T. Elgren), Council onUndergraduate Research.

Kennedy, C.J., Schwartz, J.D., and Macdonald, R.H., 2006, What a Difference a Day Makes: The First Day of Class, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v. 17, p. 143-159.

Macdonald, R.H., Manduca, C.A., Mogk, D.W., and Tewksbury, B.J., 2005, Teaching methodsin undergraduate geoscience courses: Results of the 2004 On the Cutting Edge survey of U.S.faculty: Journal of Geoscience Education.

Macdonald, R.H., Srogi, E., and Stracher, G.B., 2000, co-editors of Building the QuantitativeSkills of Majors and Non-majors in Geoscience Courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 48,p. 412-486. Our introduction, Building the quantitative skills of students in geoscience courses, is on p. 409-412.

Macdonald, R.H., and Bailey, C.M., 2000, Integrating the teaching of quantitative skills acrossthe geology curriculum in a department: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 48, p. 482-486.


GEOL 306:  Marine Geology

GEOL 322:  The Sedimentary Record

GEOL 407:  Learning and Communicating in the Geosciences

GEOL 424:  Evolution of the Coastal Plain

INTR 150W:  Improving America's Schools: Mathematics and Science Education in the 21st Century

COLL 550:  College Teaching

MSCI 698:  College Science Teaching