Steven Semken


Steven Semken

Contact Information

Steven Semken


Office: PSF-506A
Phone: 480-965-7965
Fax: 480-965-8102




E-mail: Semken at asu dot edu

Mailing address:
Arizona State University
School of Earth and Space Exploration
PO Box 871404 (Postal service) or
Bateman PSF Room 686 (Courier services)
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404 USA


Associate Professor of Geology and Geoscience Education, in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University,

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and

Deputy Director for Education and Outreach, EarthScope National Office at Arizona State University.

Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

I'm an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher. My research is focused on ways that place, culture, and affect influence modes of inquiry, teaching, and learning in the Earth system sciences. This work is based largely in the geologically, ecologically, and culturally diverse places of the American Southwest, and is directed toward enhancing Earth science literacy, diversity in the geoscience community, and environmental and cultural sustainability in this region and beyond.

I regularly teach these courses: Earth Science in Arizona and the Southwest, Field Geology I and II, Introduction to Historical Geology, and Teaching Earth and Space Sciences. Before coming to ASU in 2003, I taught geological and environmental sciences at the tribal college of the Navajo Nation for 15 years.

School of Earth and Space Exploration