Susan Smith Nash has been named director of a newly created department of education services for AAPG.
Nash, an AAPG member who has extensive experience in professional continuing education, will take the reins of AAPG’s education program that was formed from existing programs – including the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, which AAPG has managed since 2007 through the Geosciences directorate.
Nash has served on the AAPG Education Committee since 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma and also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in English from OU. She worked as a geologist and international operations analyst for Valley Exploration, Diamond-Shamrock, Kerr-McGee and Victoria Resources before launching a career in interdisciplinary studies, including science education at St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Okla., and then in a number of positions at OU.
Activities included course programming in engineering and geosciences continuing education, distance geosciences education at Sarkeys Energy Center and online interdisciplinary studies at the College of Liberal Studies.
Her experience includes managing educational programs, conferences, degree and non-degree programs. Creator of an award-winning edublog, Nash also has supervised and managed the production of educational materials used in all phases of distance education, from textbooks to e-books, podcasts, videocasts and open courseware.
Fluent in Spanish, Nash has managed international educational and economic development programs. She also served as associate dean at Excelsior College, an accredited distance learning university in Albany, N.Y.