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Richard O. Hughes III (Class of 1991)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Crafton Hills College, California.

Education: B.S., Education, Pitt-Johnstown (1989); B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (1991); M.S. Geology, Ohio University (1994).

Professional Licenses: California Geoscience Teaching Credential (K-12).

Other Professional Activities and Accomplishments: SFOS (Science For Our Schools) Partnership, 2003-2004; Metropolitan Water District Computer Grant for K-12, 1998-1999; Division Scholar Award, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1993; The Houk Award (grant awarded by the student senate), Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1992-1993.

Presentations: Hughes III, R.O., 2003, Writing in the Earth Sciences: Utilizing field trips as a means for developing writing and research skills in a high school classroom, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 35, no. 6; Hughes III, R.O., 2001, Geology 1-2: A year long field oriented introductory geology class for high school students, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, no. 6; Hughes III, R.O., 2000, Career Pathways: A program integrating earth science with vocational education programs for at risk students, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, no. 7; Kulp, R. R. and Hughes III, Richard O., 2000, Differentiation of a Rossville Type diabase intrusion, Franklin Township, York County, PA, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, no. 7.

Past Positions: Adjunct Professor of Geology, Pasadena City College, Mount San Antonio College and East LA College (all in LA County, CA); K-12 Instructor of Geology and Earth Science, Schurr High School, Montebello Unified Schools; Geologist, L. Robert Kimball and Associates, Ebensburg, PA; Geologist, Geomechanics, Inc., Elizabeth, PA.

Personal Statement: "The geology program at Pitt-Johnstown provided an excellent background for both my work as an engineering geologist and as instructor of geology at both the high school and college level. The smaller class sizes (especially in upper division geology courses) really enhanced the learning experience, and prepared me exceptionally well for the working world. The professors of geology (as well as the neighboring sciences of geography and physics) were very approachable and provided a learning environment that I now strive to meet in the classes that I teach at the junior college level."

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Last Reviewed: August 10, 2006