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Arthurs, Leilani A Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Arthurs' scholarly interests are broadly in the area of Science Education and specifically in the areas of Geoscience Education Research and geocognition. She has previous geological research experience in the areas of volcano monitoring and environmental aqueous geochemistry, which inform her current Geoscience Education research, geocognition research activities, course offerings, and outreach activities.


  • geocognition, geoscience education, teaching and learning geoscience, discipline-based education research


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courses taught

  • GEOL 1012 - Exploring Earth for Scientists
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies Earth, its materials, its characteristics, its dynamic processes, and how it relates to people. This course is an introductory geology course suitable for geology and other STEM majors. Like GEOL 1010, but taught at a higher intellectual level with a greater amount of quantitative analysis. Separate lab (GEOL 1030) is recommended. Degree credit not granted for both GEOL 1010 and GEOL 1012.
  • GEOL 1150 - Water, Energy and Environment: An Introduction to Earth Resources
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores how geological processes and human populations together affect the quantitfy, quality and availability of Earth resources. Includes examination of the water cycle and how humans use and modify water; fossil-fuel and mineral resources, and renewable energy options. Sustainable versus non-sustainable use and population growth is considered.
  • GEOL 2700 - Introduction to Field Geology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Introduces basic field techniques necessary to collect geologic data and samples, and necessary to map geologic units.
  • GEOL 5123 - Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Science Education
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Introduces the science of learning and research-based instructional strategies. Open to students in any STEM discipline considering a career that involves college-level teaching. Students apply research on learning and teaching to the development of instructional materials for a target course they envision teaching at the college level in the future. Recommended prerequisite: at least one semester teaching/TAing undergraduate courses (waived with instructor approval).
  • GEOL 5700 - Geological Topics Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Offers seminar studies in geological subjects of special current interest. Primarily for graduate students, as departmental staff and facilities permit. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours provided that topics vary.
  • GEOL 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.


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