Dr. Johnson's teaching philosophy.
"I am driven to teach by a desire to excite and engage students. I was fortunate to discover my passion for geology during my education, and I now teach to help expose students to the awesome world of science. My teaching philosophy is one of inclusiveness, flexibility, and innovation. Curious and interested scientists, students, and collaborators come from all backgrounds, and I seek to engage a wide variety of perspectives. In classes and labs, I foster a welcoming environment, where students are comfortable to engage in discussion and ask questions. Often I will start a lecture or introduction with a quote or an overarching question, to help us (the students and me) turn on our brains and contextualize the day’s topic with larger, abstract thinking. I value the importance of interaction, active engagement, and self-directed learning wherever possible. "
- GEOL 102: History of the Earth (Spring Semesters) - The Earth's physical and biological evolution; concepts of global tectonics. Methods used to decipher earth history. Students majoring in geology must also enroll in Geol 102L.
- GEOL 108: Introduction to Oceanography (Fall Semesters) - Introduction to the study of oceans and the processes that helped shape them. A major focus is on how the oceans work, with special attention on geological, chemical, and biological processes. Ocean circulation and its influence on climate. Life of the oceans. Use and misuse of ocean resources. Anthropogenic impacts on the oceanic environment.
- GEOL 302: Summer Field Studies (Summers) - Geologic mapping; structural, stratigraphic, sedimentologic, metamorphic, geomorphic, and environmental analyses. Study areas in the Bighorn Basin and Wind River Range and excursions to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. A 6-week summer field course required of all geology majors.
Iowa State Course Links.