Ph.D. in Geosciences, University of Arizona
M.A. in Geography, University of Denver
B.A. in Geography, Wittenberg University
Dr. Rudd's professional interests are in the areas of science education and geomorphology. By following these interests throughout his life, Dr. Rudd has been involved in a delightful combination of learning, researching, and teaching. Regardless of what he is teaching, Dr. Rudd never fails to use science examples and demonstrations to keep learning active. An ardent believer in inquiry-based learning, students in Dr. Rudd's classes learn science and science teaching methods through active participation in class activities.
EDU 206 Classroom Learning Environments
EDU 250 Foundations of Education
EDUC 495 Teaching Southern Nevada Geology
EDUC 497 Community Based Learning
EDEL 433 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
EDEL 441 Standards-Based Curriculum-Elementary Science (Physics Emphasis)
EDEL 443 Teaching Elementary School Science
EDEL 443P Teaching Elementary School Science Practicum
EDEL 445 Curriculum Development Elementary School Science (Earth Science Emphasis)
EDEL 483 Elementary Supervised Student Teaching
EDSC 321 Secondary Pedagogy I
EDSC 403 Teaching Methods Secondary-Biology
EDSC 403 Teaching Methods Secondary-Physics
EDSC 404 Secondary Pedagogy II
EDSC 408 Classroom Management Secondary Education
EDSC 453 Teaching Secondary Mathematics
EDSC 463 Teaching Secondary Science
Recent Scholarly Activities
Fellowship with the the Nevada Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant. In this position Dr. Rudd created
materials for K-12 students using climate data from the Nevada EPSCoR Data Portal.
Instructor with the Nevada Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach. Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2013. As an Instructor with the state-wide EPSCoR grant Dr. Rudd created and taught a graduate class in teaching about climate change to in-service secondary-level science teachers in the Clark County School District.
Principal Investigator. Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP) grant titled "Climate Change Science: Content and Inquiry Methods for Secondary Teachers." Jan. 2011-Sept. 2012. As principal investigator in this project Dr. Rudd created, organized, and implemented a two-week summer workshop for Clark County School District in-service secondary-level science teachers on teaching about climate change using local examples.
Principal Investigator. Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP) grant titled "Invigorating High School and Middle School Earth Science through Inquiry and Student Research," Jan. 2007-Sept. 2011. As principal investigator in this four-year project Dr. Rudd created, organized, and implemented a two-week summer workshop for Clark County School District in-service secondary-level science teachers on teaching about local, southern Nevada geology.
Dr. Rudd has wide-ranging experience in education, including 20 years of teaching
high school earth science, physics, and geology in Portland, Maine, Pinon, Arizona,
and Tucson, Arizona. In Pinon, Arizona Dr. Rudd taught in the first high school built
in a remote part of the Navajo nation. Working with diverse student populations is
one of Dr. Rudd's lifelong interests.
In addition to teaching education classes at Nevada State College Dr. Rudd maintains an active interest in the study of landslides and other Earth surface processes and thoroughly enjoys being able to do field work in Southern Nevada and the nearby Colorado Plateau. A Boston Red Sox fan since the early 1960's, Dr. Rudd also enjoys hiking, camping, travel, construction, and reading.
Dr. Rudd lived in Afghanistan from 1964 to 1968 at which time he traveled extensively through both Afghanistan and much of southern Asia with his family. Travels in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan were instrumental in developing Dr. Rudd's interest in geology and geography. Dr. Rudd continues to enjoy traveling and has been to 49 of the 50 United States and 28 counties around the world.