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
Tuesday:
1:45 pm-2:45 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
Virtual meetings outside of these times may be requested

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

Beard aficionado

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

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 
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

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 SUM21 MTWR JUL 6 - AUG 5
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical SUM21 MTWR JUL 6 - AUG 5
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL21 TR AUG 24 - DEC 17
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL21 MWF AUG 23 - DEC 17
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL21 MWF AUG 23 - DEC 17
GLG101IN View class details for Introduction to Geology I - Physical (GLG101IN)Introduction to Geology I - Physical FAL21 TR AUG 24 - DEC 17
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL21 MWF AUG 23 - DEC 17
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL21 TR AUG 24 - DEC 17
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL21 TR AUG 24 - DEC 17
GLG110IN View class details for Geological Disasters and the Environment (GLG110IN)Geological Disasters and the Environment FAL21 MWF AUG 23 - DEC 17