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Meet Our Professors: Jason Kaiser, Geology


Intrigued by a documentary about super volcanoes, Dr. Jason Kaiser immediately switched his major from engineering to geology. Since that pivotal moment, Dr. Kaiser has traveled to Europe, South America, and Iceland to research nature’s most destructive force. Now an assistant professor of geology and a volcanologist, Dr. Kaiser studies alongside his students and traveling to southern Utah’s many unique geological landmarks. 

Title
Assistant Professor of Geology

Department
Physical Science

How long have you been working at SUU?
2 years

Where did you grow up?
St. Louis, Missouri

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Geology at Missouri University of Science and Technology
-Master’s in Geology at UMass Amherst
-Doctorate in Geology at Oregon State University

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I was convinced in graduate school that I wanted to focus on teaching for my career, but I was originally inspired by one of my professors at Missouri S&T who always seemed to put his students first.  I knew that was the type of scientist and teacher that I wanted to be.

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
I get to combine many disciplines in science to figure out how the earth works.  I am rarely thinking about the same thing two days in a row so I am constantly learning!

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
I have always enjoyed teaching about the chemical and physical properties of volcanoes.  I am also passionate about climate change education.  

Why do you love your field?
It is truly interdisciplinary.  It’s all about making connections between various aspects of science to answer a question about the way the earth works.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
In just a short time, I have been able to work with so many great students.  I have been proud to help them go on to careers in geology, and graduate school.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
Don’t take your education for granted and learn as much as you can about what interests you.  The faculty are here to help guide you, but you are in control of your education.

What do you love about SUU?
I get to teach students about geology in one of the premier geologic settings in the world.  The geology faculty and students also make my job a lot of fun.