Zachary A Kovach

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Title: 
Geology
Primary Department:
 Phone: 623.935.8380
 Location: MAR 115
Monday:
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Friday:
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
Additional virtual meetings outside of these times may be requested Monday & Friday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Zachary.Kovach

Education 
M.S. in Geoscience
Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
B.S. in Physics
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
B.A.E. in Secondary Education Physics
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Biography 

Educator

Geologist

Hiker

Mountain climber

Drummer

Skateboarder

Hot sauce enthusiast

Chili purist

Salsa wizard

Beard aficionado

And students don't find me too annoying....so take Geology & Sustainability!

Media Appearances:

2017, The Stream on Al Jazeera (Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson): http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201705032258-0025429                                                                                    

2017, 12 News Interview: https://www.12news.com/mobile/article/mb/news/local/valley/a-plus-teacher-mr-kovach-mastering-the-weird-with-physics/427345018

2017, FOX 10 Interview: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/valley-physics-teacher-honored-as-teacher-of-the-year

2017, West Valley View Article: https://www.westvalleyview.com/archives/la-joya-community-h-s-physics-teacher-honored/article_e8d8cc9c-cfd8-5308-9aa4-ba13bfd8b606.html

Academic Interests 
Leading student-centered inquiry based geology classes for both majors and non-majors alike in an active learning environment. My classes focus on skills that students will need to succeed in any college major and/or career. Those skills include: Increase ability to think critically; Sharpen capacity to solve complex problems individually and with a group; Grow capability to work and communicate in various and diverse groups; Intensify aptitude in public speaking and presenting; Provide the environment to cultivate talent to think and reason scientifically.
College Service 
2022, Faculty Senate Representative for Physical Sciences
2022, Learning College Reboot Taskforce Faculty Representative
2018, Faculty Resources Action Committee for Teaching and Learning (FRACTL) Physical Science Representative
District Service 
Geology Instructional Council EMCC Representative
Sustainability Instructional Council EMCC Representative
Affiliations 
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA)
Conference Presentations 

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) 2021 Virtual Winter Meeting (Building a STEM-Wide Culture of Change)

January 12, 2021

Presenter (How Non-Science Majors Can Change the Science Culture of Post-Secondary Institutions)

Awards and Recognitions 

US Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of Physics 2017

PhysTEC Regional Physics Teacher of the Year 2017

Arizona Science Teachers Association Novice Science Teacher of the Year 2014

Recent Professional Development Activities 

DIYnamics @ Earth Educators Rendezvous 2022 (start watching @ 5:45)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69_aR0n-KdQ

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL22 MWF 8:00am - 8:50am
AUG 22 - DEC 16
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL22 MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
AUG 22 - DEC 16
GLG106 View class details for Life in the Universe (GLG106)Life in the Universe FAL22 MWF 10:00am - 10:50am
AUG 22 - DEC 16
GLG106 View class details for Life in the Universe (GLG106)Life in the Universe FAL22 MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
AUG 22 - DEC 16
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL22 TR 8:30am - 9:45am
AUG 23 - DEC 16
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL22 TR 10:00am - 11:15am
AUG 23 - DEC 16
SSH111 View class details for Sustainable Cities (SSH111)Sustainable Cities FAL22 TR 1:00pm - 2:15pm
AUG 23 - DEC 16
SUS110 View class details for Sustainable World (SUS110)Sustainable World FAL22 TR 11:30am - 12:45pm
AUG 23 - DEC 16