The distinctive character of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is defined by the faculty's demonstrated capability to fulfill the values of the Teacher Scholar Philosophy; a philosophy guided by a serious and continuing commitment to teaching, scholarship and service in the belief that scholarship complements and enriches excellence in teaching and service.
Adapted from the Teacher Scholar Philosophy of SIUE, Teacher Scholar Philosophy Working Group, 6/2/08
Dr. Randall S. Pearson
Professor and Chair, Department of Geography
Remote sensing for geomorphic mapping and modeling
Modeling of mine subsidence in areas with abandoned underground mines
|Recent Honors / Awards / Recognition: |
1998 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year Award
2001 University Teaching Excellence Award
2002 Emerson Electric Teaching Award
Primary Courses Taught:
M.S. Geosciences – Murray State University (1986)
Ph.D. Physical Geography – Indiana State University (1993)
How does SIUE support your professional growth or activity as a Teacher-Scholar?
What is a unique aspect of your professional life that enhances your service to the academic or greater community?
"Dr. John Mylroie at Murray State University was largely responsible for my decision to enter academia. Dr. Mylroie (who is now at Mississippi State University) recognized several things about me when we first met. He saw the fear of a first generation college student who had no intentions of ever going to college. In fact, I thought college was for rich people or smart people and I didn’t fit in either category. Dr. Mylroie also understood my poor background and my financial struggles. Finally, Dr. Mylroie recognized (and helped remove) the big chip on my shoulder that resulted from years of insecurity and my absolute belief that I did not belong in higher education. I think about each of these when I teach one of my favorite classes at SIUE (Introduction to Earth Science). It is similar to the first class I took at Murray State University with Dr. Mylroie. Through this class (and the many others I teach), I try to give back to the students every time I walk into the classroom. When I teach, I try to draw from the many events in my life that have been connected together to bring me to that that very point in time, and once in a while, I feel like (through my compassion and understanding) I am able to make a difference in a student’s life."