Dr. Steven D. Bill earned his Ph.D., in Geological sciences from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 1982. He received his B.S. in Geology from Cleveland State University in 1971.
He came to Keene State College in 1997. During his time at KSC he's been responsible for courses in: Physical Geology, Evolution of the Earth, Oceanography, Invertebrate Paleontology, Sedimentation and stratigraphy, Geomorphology, Glacial Geology, and a variety of ndependent studies. Dr. Bill has also served on several committees at Keene State including Curriculum, Seminar, Scholarship, Geology search, Divisional Peer Evaluation, Academic Overview, NCATE Steering, Concerns of Newly Appointed Faculty and Library Advisory. In recent years, much of his committee work has focused on serving on the School Curriculum Committee and General Science program.
Before coming to Keene State, Dr. Bill was an associate professor in the Geology Department at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania. While there, he also taught sessions of Waynesburg College Western Field Camp.
Dr. Bill was also an assistant professor in the Department of Geology at Allegheny College and an Instructor for the Department of Geology at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
His professional activities include membership in Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the National Association of Geology Teachers and the Geological Society of New Hampshire.
Over the years Dr. Bill has also led and attended myriad professional field trips.
During his Sabbatical in Fall 2000, he conducted field work on the geology of Pine Creek Gorge in north central PA, with the goal of generating field guides for the rail to trail segment. During another Sabbatical in Fall of 2010, he took on the study of Hudson River landscapes and geology. By studying the paintings of Thomas Cole, Frederick Church and others, he attempted to find the locations they painted at in order to gauge how geology influenced their art.
Other activities have included a workshop for in-service teachers grades K-5; Physical Science Institutes (with Frederick Wolf and Stephen Stepenuck); Week-long workshops focusing on hands-on science activities for in-service NH teachers, funded through NH Department of Education, Eisenhower Grants; and, he taught an NSF Short Course: Paleobiology of Dinosaurs held in Colorado and Utah.
Dr. Bill's oral presentations at conferences include Glacial/Interglacial changes in the northern Indian Ocean for the Geological Society of America at the Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario [Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting Abstracts with Programs, Volume 10, pg. 366]; Paleolimnology of Lake Erie Ohio Academy of Sciences. Annual Meeting, Marietta, Ohio; History of eutrophication cycles in Lake Erie derived from bottom core sediments. Student Originated Studies Project Reporting Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
His teaching interests include Physical Geology, Earth Evolution, Oceanography, Geology of the National Parks, Invertebrate paleontology, Sedimentation and stratigraphy, Field Geology, Surficial Geology (glacial, nonglacial), Micropaleontology, Low temperature geochemistry and Isotope Geology.
He is also interested in advising students and overseeing independent research projects as well as improving science education at all levels, especially elementary and middle school.
Dr. Bill's Scholarly interests include use of Micropaleontology and geochemistry in stratigraphic correlation and environmental analysis, Paleolimnology of glacial and non-glacial lakes, surficial processes and Science education and teacher training. He says his objective as an educator is to teach undergraduates seeking a quality education and prepare geology and related science majors for a variety of employment settings or graduate study.