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About Meghan Cook

I am the Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Purdue University Northwest. I work with the Director to support the development of courses and implementation of instructional practices that promote inclusive excellence in teaching and learning.
I hold a Ph.D. from the USF School of Geosciences, specializing in Geoscience Education. I have taught at community and state colleges, a liberal arts college, and a research one university. My research and professional interests focus on aiding in the teaching, learning, and professional development efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education through effective inclusive teaching practices, especially in the STEM fields. I use qualitative methods to study the impacts of different learning environments on a student’s affective domain. My research informs best practices for a variety of experiential learning modes in STEM curriculums. Current projects include: (1) investigating classroom interventions that lead to positive affective gains in a student’s sense of belonging in STEM; (2) developing best practices for field trips to decrease barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion; (3) creating more accessible field trips, e.g., virtual reality field trips; (4) and facilitating faculty professional development opportunities to increase awareness and use of effective inclusive teaching practices. 


Present Coordinator of Library Operations, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Awards Coordinator, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Southeast Section
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, Association of Women Geoscientists
Member, Geological Society of America
Member, National Science Teaching Association
Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Park Break Fellowship, National Park Service
  • 2019 Against the Gran Media Top Up and Comer, Charleston Conference
  • 2020 Chrysalis Scholarship, American Women Geoscientists
  • 2020 Iris Moreno Totten Student Award, Geological Society of America


January 2011 - May 2021 Ph.D., University of South Florida
2007 - 2010 M.S., University of South Florida
2002 - 2006 B.S., University of South Florida

Contact Information

Phone: (813) 974-7427


Articles (2)

Doctoral Dissertation (1)

Master Thesis (1)

Podcasts (1)

Tutorials (3)

Presentations (10)

Essays (1)

MLIS e-Portfolio (12)

This category contains selected works completed during my MLIS program.