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Christopher L. Atchison

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 2011, Science Education, The Ohio State University
M.S., 2004, Geology, Wright State University
B.A., 2002, Geology, Wright State University
A.S., 2001, Physics, Sinclair Community College

Licensures
Ohio Professional Teaching License, Earth Science 7-12

Contact
Mailing: P.O. Box 4105, Atlanta, GA 30302-4105 USA
In person: 455A Sparks Hall
Office: 404.413.5789
Email: catchison@gsu.edu

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Research Interests:

Geology: Geoscience education, alternative field experience, accessibility issues, speleology
Teacher Education: Science methods, constructivism, qualitative methods
Technology: Immersive learning environments, distance learning, multiple representation

My research interests are centered on inclusion and increased access to the geosciences for students with physical disabilities. I am currently funded through the National Science Foundation to collaborate with researchers in speleology, computer science, science education and disability studies creating an alternative, field-based learning environment using immersive virtual reality through LIDAR data of Mammoth Cave National Park. I am the Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD), an organization composed of higher education faculty, staff and students, geoscience industry representatives, disabilities education researchers and members of the global community. The IAGD is charged with identifying current research opportunities and instructional best practices for underrepresented students with disabilities, while seeking to raise awareness of improving access and exposure to the geoscience disciplines for students and geoscientists with disabilities.

 

Publications

Duerstock, B., McDonagh, D., Thomas, J., Cooper, R., Goldberg, M., Quamar, A., Supalo, C., Wulle, B., Kirshner, J., Atchison, C.L., & Border, J. Technologies to facilitate the inclusion and active participation of PWDs in STEM through college to careers. Book Chapter in preparation.

Hawthorne, T., Solis, P., Terry, B., Price, M. and Atchison, C. “Critical Reflection Mapping as a Hybrid Methodology for Examining Socio-Spatial Perceptions of New Research Sites” under revision in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers.

Hawthorne, T., Atchison, C. and A. LangBruttig, “Developing Student-Centered International Research Experiences through Community Geography and GIS” under revision in The Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

Atchison, C.L. & Libarkin, J.C. (in press). Implications of the status quo in geoscience training programs. EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union.

Atchison, C.L., & Martinez-Frias, J. (2012). Inclusive geoscience instruction. Nature Geoscience. 5, p. 366.

Atchison, C.L. & Feig, A.D. (2011). Theoretical perspectives on constructing experience
through alternative field-based learning environments for students with mobility impairments. In A. D. Feig & A. Stokes (Eds.), Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research. Geological Society of America Special Paper 474, p. 11-21, doi: 10.1130/9780813724744.

Research Funding

Atchison, C.L. Locke, S.M., & Gilley, B.H. (2013). Building Capacity through Geoscience Communities of Access. NSF 13-555, EHR Core Research (ECR), National Science Foundation. ($299,970.00). Pending.

Atchison, C.L. (2013). IAGD-IUGS/COGE Collaborative. International Union of Geological Sciences(IUGS), Commission on Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE). ($1,500.00). Funded.

Atchison, C.L. (2013). NSF CAREER: An inclusive geoscience program model for students with physical disabilities. GSU Special Internal Grant Initiative. ($5,000.00). Funded.

Atchison, C.L. (2012). Instructional Approaches to Access, Accommodation, and Inclusion in the Geosciences: An International Workshop. NSF 10-599 #1240234, Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the Geosciences, National Science Foundation. ($10,000.00). Funded.

Atchison, C.L. (2012). IAGD-IUGS/COGE Collaborative. International Union of Geological Sciences(IUGS), Commission on Geoscience Education, Training and Technology Transfer (COGE). ($1,200.00). Funded.

Atchison, C.L. (2012). Course materials and resources: ISCI/NSCI. STEM II Funding University System of Georgia. ($4,604.11). Funded.

Reeves, M.M. & Atchison, C.L. (2011). Revising ISCI 2001 to Better Support Future Elementary Teacher Science Understanding. STEM II Funding University System of Georgia. ($4,650.00). Funded.

Martin-Hansen, L.M & Atchison, C.L. (2011). Refining and Examining a Collaboratively Taught Earth Science Course for Future Middle School Teachers. STEM II Funding University System of Georgia. ($8,080.00). Funded.

Stredney, D., Atchison, C. L., Price, A. & Irving, K. E. (2010). OEDG Track 1: Expanding
Geoscience Diversity through Simulated Field Environments for Students with Physical Disabilities. NSF 10-599 #1108127, Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the Geosciences, National Science Foundation. ($238,874.00). Funded.

Atchison, C. L. (2010). Ohio STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA). In-kind funding in support of the Alternative Field Environments for Non-Traditional Students project. ($10,480.00). Funded.

Atchison, C. L., & Stredney, D., & Price, A. (2009). OEDG Planning Grant: Expanding Geoscience Diversity: Alternative Field Environments for Non-Traditional Students. NSF GEO #0939645, Opportunities for Enhancing the Diversity in the Geosciences, National Science Foundation. ($39,980.00). Funded.