Beth Wright

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts

Beth Wright has been teaching at SAIC since 1987. She took her sabbatical during the 2021 Academic Year.

Beth Wright is a geologist and oceanographer whose career has taken several swerves over the years, since she joined the faculty of SAIC 35 years ago.  She moved from conducting research into the geochemistry of the south and central Pacific, to geoscience education (specifically, teaching geosciences to non-geoscience majors), to academic and science administration.  In the past decade she has served as Chair of Faculty as well as President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.  Her recent sabbatical has been an opportunity to engage in a new practice focused on the sensory experience of landscape, and on land use transition in the urban/suburban space.

Wright’s publications include The Origin of Samoa: New Evidence from Sr, Nd, and Pb Isotopes, A Manual for Seagoing Scientists, Interactions Within and Beyond the Samoan Archipelago: Evidence from Basaltic Rock, Making Art and Doing Science in the Undergraduate Earth Science Course, Evolution Telephone, and The Density of God. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Grant, the Geological Society of America Grant and the AIC Chairman’s Award. She previously served as the Chair of the Geoscience Education Division of Geological Society of America. Alongside her professorship at SAIC, Wright serves as the Interim Chair of the Writing program.


1986 PhD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1980 BA, Oberlin College

Notable Classes Taught:

Critical Thinking about Science and the Paranormal
Geology of the National Parks
Science as a Social Weapon, Playing God
Symbolic Logic