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Sian Proctor

Faculty - Geology

Current Classes

GLG101 - Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture
GLG103 - Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab
GLG105 - Introduction to Planetary Science


Dr. Sian Proctor is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her adult life she has pushed herself to take on new challenges and to learn new things that she can bring back into the classroom. She has a B.S. in environmental science, M.S. in geology, and a Ph.D. in science education. Both her masters and doctoral research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She is continually developing new ways to engage her students and to present scientific information in interesting ways. She has a strong curriculum development background, has traveled and taught around the world, was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, and was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony. She recently participated in a 120 day Mars analogue mission called HI-SEAS ( as the education outreach officer. The HI-SEAS mission was a NASA funded project studying food strategies for long duration space flight. In the summer of 2014 she will be spending 5-weeks in Barrow, Alaska as a PolarTREC Teacher doing research on Historical Ecology and Risk Management ( Sian’s experiences during the HI-SEAS mission and on The Colony have taught her how to live in unique environments with limited resources. She believes in life-long learning and tries to instill this mentality with her students.


  • B.S. in environmental science
  • M.S. in geology
  • Ph.D. in science education


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