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John R. Wagner

John R. WagnerProfessor Emeritus, Geology
430 Brackett Hall
Clemson University

Ph.D. Geology, University of South Carolina, 1993
M.A. Geology, Temple University, 1976
M.Ed. Secondary Education, Temple University, 1972
B.S. Natural Science, Muhlenberg College, 1970
B.S. Mathematics, Muhlenberg College, 1970

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Wagner’s main teaching and research interests include earth history, geomorphology, and geoscience education. He has taught courses in earth history, surficial geology, and the natural history of South Carolina. He continues to teach a variety of on-site and distance-learning courses for preservice and inservice K-12 teachers throughout South Carolina. He is also still involved with several research projects to develop inquiry-based curriculum materials for middle school earth science classrooms and run training workshops in Carbon Sequestration principles and techniques for workers in the energy industry.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

GEOL 4910 Research Synthesis I
GEOL 4920 Research Synthesis II
GEOL 7900 Selected Topics in Earth Sciences for Teachers

Selected Publications

Wagner, J.R., Bixler, R.D., Carraway, E.R., Moysey, S.M., Murdoch, L.R., Schlautman, M.R., and Warner, R.D., "Institutionalizing Undergraduate research for Geology Majors Through Creative Inquiry Experiences," Journal of College Science Teaching, 39 [6], 30-37 (2010).

Wagner, J.R., "Piedmont Plateau," chapter in Abramson, R. and Haskell, J. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Appalachia , (2006), University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.

Wagner, J.R., Kings Mountain National Military Park Resource and Activity Guide for Teachers – Second Edition, (2006), Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Horton, R.M., Hedetniemi, T., Wiegert, E., and Wagner, J.R., "Integrating Curricula: The South Carolina Studies Model," Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 11, 408-415 (2006).

Wagner, J.R., and Astwood, P.M., "SE MAPS: Using Maps and Remotely Sensed Images to Meet Standards," in GeoSciEd IV Conference Proceedings: Earth Science for the Global Community. GeoSciEd IV Organizing Committee, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (August 2003).

Luedeman, J.K., Leonard, W.H., Horton, R.M., and Wagner, J.R., "Graduate Students as Middle School Content Experts," Journal of College Science Teaching, 32, 302-7304 (2003).

Marrell, B. and Wagner, J.R., "Mountains Near the Sea!," South Carolina Wildlife , 49, 30-35 (2002).

Wagner, J.R. and Caldwell, E.R., "Service Learning for Future Elementary Teachers", in Madden, S.J., (Ed), Service Learning Across the Curriculum: Case Applications in Higher Education, (2000), University Press of America, Inc., Lanham, Maryland.

Cain, P.W., Wagner, J.R., and Berry, C., South Carolina Maps and Aerial Photographic Systems , 4th edition (2000), South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, S.C.

Wagner, J.R., "Sneaking Mathematical Concepts Through the Back Door of the Introductory Geology Classroom," Mathematical Geology, 31, 217-229 (2000).

Awards & Honors

Community Service Faculty Award, Visions for Youth Program (W.K.Kellogg Foundation) (1993)

Annual Award, Environmental Education Association of South Carolina (1994)

Education Conservationist Award, South Carolina Wildlife Federation (1995)

National Association of Geoscience Teachers, elected President (1997-98)