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Dr. Sarah Robinson

Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Department of Economics & Geosciences

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Dr. Sarah Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Within the Geospatial Science curriculum, she is primarily responsible for the Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis two-course sequence where students investigate geospatial questions using satellite imagery. She is committed to designing courses that support student learning and engagement, that create an inclusive classroom environment, and that incorporate high-impact learning practices, such as undergraduate research projects. She is also involved in teaching the Spatial Thinking, GIS and Capstone courses. She has received multiple Department awards for her teaching and received the U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Academy Educator Award (2008.) She was a U.S. Air Force Academy nominee for the CASE “US Professor of the Year” in 2015.

Dr. Robinson’s Geosciences research focuses on using Remote Sensing to study desert geomorphology. She uses a fusion of multiple spectral regions (VNS, TIR, Radar) and spatial scales to investigate arid landscape development and chronology. Dr. Robinson is also involved in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research as the PI of a project to improve student analytical writing and as a Co-PI of a project to develop Metacognitive Instructors. She has won several awards for her SoTL research including “Greatest potential for further application and impact at U.S. Air Force Academy” and serves as a SoTL consultant for other faculty projects.

Dr. Robinson is committed to continually improving the educational experience and community at U.S. Air Force Academy through institutional service. She has served as Director of Academic Assessment for two years where she worked with each academic major in designing/implementing assessment of the signature intellectual skills/knowledge that they wanted their students to have upon completion of their curriculum. She has also led the Scientific Reasoning Institutional Outcome Team and leads New Faculty Orientation programs each year.


Ph.D., Geology, Arizona State University (2002)

B.A., Geology, Franklin and Marshall College (1996)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Geosciences, U.S. Air Force Academy

Director of Academic Assessment, U.S. Air Force Academy

Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Research and Scholarly Interests

Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis

Desert Geomorphology

Metacognitive Instruction

Course Design to support student learning and engagement