SMCC Geology with Jeff Simpson


When not teaching, Jeff works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a technical writer in geophysics. In the past he has worked for the BLM at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado and for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger at Kilauea (Volcanoes National Park) and Glen Canyon/Lake Powell and in Pago Pago, American Samoa and Athens, Greece. He enjoys unicycling, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, travel, acoustic guitar, gardening, creative writing, computing, and studying environmental issues focusing on alternative architecture. His next goal is to work with the Rocky Mountain Institute or the National Renewable Energy Lab. Jeff believes physical geology is both a process and a content and is taught best with a hands-on approach...and a sense of humor.

M.S., Earth Science, Northern Arizona University (1991)
B.A., Behavioral Science and Education, Grand Canyon University (1976)
2006-Present, SMCC & PVCC, Adjunct Professor, Geology
1996-Present, Los Alamos National Laboratory, EES-11 (Geophysics), Technical Writer
2000-2006, North Canyon High School, AP/IB Physics, Earth Science, Webmaster
1995, Grand Canyon University, Adjunct
1992-2000, Sunrise Middle School, PVUSD, 7th Grade Science, Department Chair
1995-Summer, Interpretation, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, National Park Service
1991-1992, American Community School of Athens, Athens, Greece, Science and Math
1986-Summer, Interpretation, Anasazi Heritage Center, Bureau of Land Management
1985-1991, PVHS, Advanced Earth Sci, Earth Sci, Biology, Soccer
1985-Summer, Interpretive Ranger, Glen Canyon/Lake Powell, National Park Service
1984-1985, Shadow Mountain High School, General Sci and Biology
1981-1983, Samoana and Tafuna High Schools, American Samoa, Physics, Physical Science, Yearbook
1977-1981, Paradise Valley High School, Earth and General Science, Cross Country, Track
Northern Arizona Study - Field Trip in a Can
EES-17 (Geophysics) - Los Alamos National Laboratory Website
Earth Science 1 & 2: A Year-Long On-Line Course for pvONLINE & Lecture Series
Campsite Beach Suitability Survey in Grand Canyon Survey 1991
Letter to Mom, 1985
Science in the Wilderness: A Field Guide, 1981
Sunrise Middle & North Canyon High School Web Sites - Original
Memberships / Conferences / Awards
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award Nominee, PVCC, 2015
ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Camp Faculty Award, 2015
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Arizona Geologic Survey - Former Education Liaison (AGS)
National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT)
GSA Conferences: 2014, 2015, 2016
Arizona Energy Futures Conference - Rio Salado, October 7, 2016