Prof. Anne Gardulski
Prof. Anne Gardulski organizes course materials in her office.
The course description for Geology 1, "The Dynamic Earth," begins, "Welcome to an exploration of the planet Earth!"
Anne Gardulski, the associate professor of geology who is teaching the introductory-level geology course this fall, takes that spirit of exploration seriously. Aside from standard syllabus and course prep, she has spent part of the summer coordinating the logistics for multiple class trips to various geological sites in the Boston area. They include an excursion to Marblehead, Mass., to see ancient volcanic rocks, an inspection of metamorphic rocks in Harvard and Bolton, Mass., and a visit to the nearby Middlesex Fells reservation. The class even visits a home just off campus that has a notable rock outcrop in the back yard.
"Of the 10 lab meetings, six of them we get the students out in the field," says Gardulski. "No write-ups. We just want them to be there and make observations and participate."
While Gardulski naturally is well-versed in the subject matter she will teach, she is not sure what her new class will be like. That, for her, is one of the best parts of her job.
"One of the things that I've always loved about teaching is that every semester is a whole new experience," says Gardulski. "It's exciting to see who the group of students is going to be in the class, a whole new set of personalities. Even a course as large as Geology 1 has its own personality. You never know what you're going to end up with as far as the group of students is concerned."
Who else is getting ready?
Profile written by Georgiana Cohen, Office of Web Communications
Photo by Joanie Tobin, University Photography.
This story originally ran on Aug. 25, 2008.