Service to Community
West Virginia Land Trust
PI: Rick Landenberger, Research Assistant Professor of Geography
Morgantown Seed Preservation Library
PI: Mehmet Oztan, Service Assistant Professor of Geography
Service to Discipline
Faculty members serve as officers in specialty groups or divisions of our professional societies including the Association of American Geographers, the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Paleontological Society, Southern Regional Science Association and others.
Service to University
The department has invested heavily in the WVU Faculty Senate, including service as senate chair, faculty representative to the B oard of Governors and chair of Faculty Welfare and General Education committees. Our faculty have also served on R esearch Office of Sponsored Programs faculty advisory board committees.
Service to Education
Earth Science Education Digital Repository
PI: John Renton, Emeritus Professor of Geology
Dr. Renton has taught over 35,000 students over the span of his career
and hopes to keep inspiring Earth Science educators and students by sharing
his illustrations through The Research Repository at WVU. Dr.
Renton wanted to create a free educational resource for West Virginia
K-12 Earth Science teachers and their students, while also providing
a wealth of information for teachers of earth science everywhere. The
work is a culmination of the study of Earth accumulated during his 50
years teaching. Dr. Renton, a gifted artist, hand-drew all of the illustrations,
most during teaching class itself to illustrate topics. He hopes that
educators use it to inspire a new generation of Geology majors at WVU
since for many K-12 students, earth science is their first introduction
to the study of Earth: Geology.