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Award-winning prof: Geology is dirty work

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Geology Professor Scott Linneman gets his students close to geomorphology on Sumas Mountain. | Photo by Rhys Logan

Geology Professor Scott Linneman takes his students into the field as much as possible, which is one of the reasons he was recognized as one of the best professors in the nation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Linneman was named the 2013 Washington Professor of the Year, an award also presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching.

Linneman, who has taught geology and science education at Western since 2000, has taken his students to observe geologic processes on the area’s rivers, beaches, glaciers and landslides. He also takes students on overnight trips to national parks.

This isn’t Linneman’s first teaching award. In 2011 he was named Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year by the Washington Science Teachers Association. But Linneman said he’d like to think the award reflects the attention and care that Western professors give to their students.

“Many professors here at Western are doing great things,” he says. “I just happened to be the one nominated.”

See Linneman and his students check out geomorphology in action on Sumas Mountain in a video here.