SciTech Faculty - Deb Hemler

Hemler, Deb
Professor of Geoscience Education
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Geoscience
B.S. Northland College
M.S., Ed.D. West Virginia University

Deb Hemler has been a professor at Fairmont State since 1999 and a graduate faculty member since 2004. She obtained her Ed.D. in geoscience education and her M.S. in wildlife management from West Virginia University. Her B.S. in biology, with a minor in environmental science, is from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. She taught earth science, chemistry and biology for seven years in the public schools in Preston County, W.Va. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at WVU for three years prior to coming to Fairmont State. She currently serves as the coordinator for the science education program at FSU, the Higher Education Liaison for the West Virginia Science Teachers Association, a primary instructor for MSTC GLOBE program, the facilitator for NASA's Student Outreach Program and the Assistant Director for the West Virginia Geologic Survey's Rock Camp Program. She spends her leisure time taking geology forays and spending time with her husband Roger on their farm, Terra Petra, raising pinto saddle bred horses in Preston County.

What have you learned while teaching at Fairmont State?: 

I've learned how much fun it can be working with teacher candidates (preservice teachers). They constantly challenge yet amaze me with their desire and capacity to learn science.

What do your students like best about your class?: 

The students appreciate the hands-on interactive collaborative nature of my geoscience classes, which model the pedagogy future teachers should be using with their students.

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