Joe Elkins, Associate Professor of Earth Science Education

Joe Elkins

Education

  • Ph.D.  University of Georgia, Geology, 2002
  • M. Ed.  University of West Georgia, Secondary Education (Science), 1996
  • B. S.  University of West Georgia, Geology, 1995

Contact Information

  • E-mail:  joe.elkins@unco.edu
  • Phone:  (970) 351-3060
  • Fax:      (970) 351-4197
  • Office:  Ross Hall 3000

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 201 Physical Geology
  • SCI 465 Principles of Scientific Inquiry
  • STEP 161/262/363Teacher Education Program
  • SCED 475Science Methods for the Elementary Classroom

Research and Professional Activities

I have dual interests in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences: I am a geologist by training, having studied carbon isotopes in organic matter and cave deposits (speleothems), but I am most notably interested in earth science education.  My real passion is interdisciplinary education and the development of field-based experiences for students who are new to the subject of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. I currently serve as the Editor for Technology for the Journal of Geoscience Education.  In that capacity, I also serve of the executive committee for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.  I am also a recipient of the Geological Society of America’s Biggs Award, GSA’ highest honor for excellence in Earth Science teaching.  I am happy to have served on 5 masters committees, having supervised 3 of them relating to geoscience education. Other interests of mine include fluvial processes as they relate to gradient, volume, constriction and obstruction (whitewater) and emergency medicine.

Selected Publications (Peer Reviewed):


Elkins J. “Using Portable Media Players (iPod) to Support Electronic Course Materials During a Field-based Introductory Geology Course” Journal of Geoscience Education v. 57, n. 2, pp. 106-112, 2009.

Elkins, J., Elkins, N.M.L., and Hemmings, S.N.J. " GeoJourney: A nine-week  introductory field program with an interdisciplinary approach to  teaching geology, Native American cultures, and environmental  studies" Journal of College Science Teaching, v. 37,  n. 3,  pp.18-28, 2008.  

Elkins, J. and Elkins, N.M.L.  "Teaching Geology in the Field:  Significant geoscience concept gains in entirely field-based introductory geology courses " Journal of Geoscience Education  v. 55, n. 2, pp. 126-132, 2007.

Elkins, J., and Elkins, N.M. L., "Improving student learning during travel time on field trips using an innovative, portable audio/video system" Journal of Geoscience Education v. 54, n. 2, pp. 147-152, 2006.

Elkins, J. and Railsback, B., “Evaluation of the effect of oven roasting at 340° C, bleach, 30% H2O2, and distilled/deionized water on the d13C value of speleothem carbonate" Journal of Cave and Karst Studies (December, 2006)

Professional Presentations (Abstracts):

Elkins, J. “Research Into the Role of Students’ Affective Domain While Learning Geology in Field Environments” American Geophysical Union, 2009.

Elkins, J and Takacs, A. “Students’ Afective Responses to the Inherent Social, Adventure and Novel Aspects of Geoscience Field Programs” Abstract with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2009.

Libarkin, J, Clark, S., Elkins, J, “Communicating across Paradigms: Boundary-Crossing in an Interdisciplinary World” Physics Education Research Conference, Ann Arbor Michigan, 2009.

Elkins, J. “The Relationship Between Cognitive and Affective Domains in Introductory, Field-Based Geology Courses”, Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2008.

May, Elizabeth; Elkins, Nichole; Jones, Robert; Elkins, Joe T. “Bison, Blisters and the “Teachable Moment:” Experiment and Experience in Archaeological Training. Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, 2008

Riggs, E., Herrera, J. S., 1, Darner, R., and Elkins, J., “Novelty Space as a Factor in Field-Based Geoscience Education for Native American Students” Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2008

Garner, K. and Elkins, J., “Using Student Photographs on Geological Field Trips as a Behavioral Proxy for Novelty Space” Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2007.

King, L. and Elkins, J., “Gender Differences and Results of the Geoscience Concept Inventory on Field Based Programs.” Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2007.

Richardson, J. and Elkins, J., “Web-based or Digital Supplements, an Underutilized Resource in Geoscience Education” Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2007.

Hayes, J. and Elkins, J., “Evaluating the Impact of Animated Topographic Fly-Throughs on Students' Geographic Novelty Space During a Geology Field Trip.” Abstracts with Programs, The Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2007.

Funded Projects:

National Science Foundation (REESE) Collaborative Research: Learning across the Expert-Novice Continuum: Cognition in the Geosciences $434,581, Libarkin., J., Petcovic, H. Hamrbick, Z., Elkins, J.


Elkins at the Oars

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