Sandra Swenson

Sandra Swenson

Sandra Swenson
Lecturer
Phone number: 
212.237.8820
Room number: 
05.66.07NB

Education

2010   EdD       Columbia University Teachers College (Geoscience Education)
1989   EdM       Columbia University Teachers College 
1983   BS         Northeastern University (Natural Science, Science Education)

Bio

Dr. Swenson’s educational and professional experience is a culmination of 20 years of science teaching as well as 7 years of entrepreneurship running a successful desktop publishing business. Dr. Swenson was trained as a science educator (B.S.) as well as a technology educator (Ed.M) and most recently received her doctorate in geoscience education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her interest and passion are in teaching students about the Earth and how to understand the Earth using data. Her publications include a chapter in Geoscience Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper, The Journal of Chemical Education, and a web-based learning module, Earth Exploration Toolbook: Exploring Seafloor Topography. Her thesis focused on student interpretation of one specific kind of data set (topography/bathymetry maps) but, with this grant, she plans to continue further investigations into how students understand and utilize other data sets important for studying the Earth with the goal of refining her contributions to research-based pedagogy. Currently Dr. Swenson is a Lecturer of Environmental Science, Curriculum Coordinator, and Academic Advisor in the Department of Sciences at John Jay College, CUNY.

Publications

He, Y., Swenson, S., Lents, N., 2012, Online Video Tutorials Increase Learning of Difficult Concepts in An Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Course. The Journal of Chemical Education. Manuscript ID: ed 2011 - 00685p.R2

Swenson, S., and Kastens, K., 2011, Student interpretation of a global elevation map: What it is, how it was made, and what it is useful for, in Feig, A.D., and Stokes, A., eds., Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper 474, p. 189–211, doi:10.1130/2011.2474(13).

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Exploring Seafloor Topography http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/seafloor/index.html
2006

White, Mary Alice, et al (1989) Where Do Seventeen Year Olds Get Their Information – From School or Television? The History Teacher, v. 22, (3) p. 329-332\
 

Research

2018 Society of Toxicology, 2018, Problems and Promises with Collaborative Learning in the Field in an Urban Public CollegeS. Swenson, Y. He, & H. Boyd; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York 

2013 The National Science Foundation grant award of $150,101 to The Research Foundation of CUNY, John Jay Col. of Criminal Justice for the project entitled "A Multi-tiered Approach to Undergraduate Science Learning in an Urban Public College," is under the direction of PI: Sandra S. Swenson & Co-PI: Yi He. This award is effective December 1, 2013 and expires November 30, 2015. 



2011 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Orlando, Florida April 3 - 6. Poster Presentation: Undergraduate non-science majors' descriptions and interpretations of a scientific data visualization.



2010 Teaching Climate Change from the Geologic Record

University of Wyoming -Laramie, Wyoming, August 10 – 11,

Poster presentation: Undergraduate non-science majors’ interpretation of a 

topography/bathymetry data map.



2008 National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) 

Bard College October 11th - 13th

Presented doctoral research at a conference on visualizations in the sciences. Member of plenary session: Invoking Visualization for Scientific Pedagogy

Research interest

Dr. Swenson's interest and passion are in teaching students about the Earth and how to understand the Earth using data. Her publications include a chapter in Geoscience Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper, The Journal of Chemical Education, and a web-based learning module, Earth Exploration Toolbook: Exploring Seafloor Topography. Her thesis focused on student interpretation of one specific kind of data set (topography/bathymetry maps) but, with this grant, she plans to continue further investigations into how students understand and utilize other data sets important for studying the Earth with the goal of refining her contributions to research-based pedagogy.

Expertise

  • Curriculum Design for General Education Science Courses; Lecture and Laboratory experience
  • Advisor in the Department of Sciences: Forensic Science 
  • Department of Sciences Curriculum Coordinator: Administration of programs and schedules for Adjuncts who teach in the sciences.

 

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Course taught

SCI 110 Origins: From the Big Bang to Life on Earth  Lecture and lab
SCI 112: Environmental Science: A Focus on Sustainability Lecture and lab
SCI 220: The Human Body: An Incrediable Machine
SCI 222: Ecology of the Five Boroughs