- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Semken is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher who studies influences of place, culture, and affect on modes of inquiry, teaching, and learning in the Earth sciences. He joined Arizona State University in 2003 after 15 years on the faculty of the tribal college of the Navajo Nation. He continues to work extensively in Native American and Hispanic/Latino communities across the Southwest and in southwestern national parks, on geoscience teaching and learning, sustainability education, diversity, and regional geology. He is a Past-President and former Distinguished Speaker of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
- PhD, Ceramics/Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
- MS, Geochemistry, University of California-Los Angeles, 1984
- SB, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
- geological processes
- educational development
- educational practice
- geoscience education
- environmental history
- indigeneity, the arts and sciences
- learner-based teaching
- place-based education
- Quality Education
- Life on Land
- Climate Action
Toke, N. A., K. Darby, E. M. Cook, C. Mead, J. Brian, T. Benn, S. G. Fisher, C. G. Boone and S. Semken. 2010. Pedagogy in interdisciplinary higher education: An investigation of faculty and student perspectives. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Mead, C., S. Semken and A. D. Anbar. 2011. Identifying misconceptions about biogeochemistry among undergraduates. Presentation October 9-12 at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.
Toke, N. A., K. Darby, E. M. Cook, C. Mead, J. Brian, T. Benn, S. G. Fisher, C. G. Boone and S. Semken. 2009. Pedagogy in interdisciplinary higher education: An investigation of faculty and student perspectives. Presentation October 18-21 at the Annual Geologic Society of America Meeting, Portland, Oregon. Abstracts with programs.