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Donald Pair

Professor; Executive Director of Hanley Sustainability Institute

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Hanley Sustainability Institute, Geology and Environmental Geosciences


Email: Donald Pair
Phone: 937-229-2678


  • Ph.D., Geology, Syracuse University
  • M.S., Geology, University of Waterloo
  • B.S., Geology, St. Lawrence University


Dr. Pair is the Executive Director of the Hanley Sustainability Institute. 

He has served previously as the Associate Dean for Interdiscilinary Research and Experiential Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences. This included working closely with the existing and emerging interdisciplinary research communities in the College, including the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community (FCLC), Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI), the Human Rights Center (HRC), the Integrative Science and Engineering Center (ISE), the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) and the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI). He also had responsibility for experiential learning initiatives in the College, including the Dean’s Summer Fellowship program. Previous roles have also included Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum and Chair of the Geology Department. Dr. Pair has degrees in Geology from Syracuse University (Ph.D.), University of Waterloo (M.S.) and St. Lawrence University (B.S.).

Research interests

  • Environmental Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • Glacial Geology
  • STEM Education

Selected publications

Speed, J., Pair, D.L., Zargham, M., Yao, Z. and Franco, S. 2019. "Changing Faculty Culture to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Education", Mack, K.M., Winter, K. and Soto, M. (Ed.) Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 53-72.

Lowell, T.V., Pair, D.L., Larson, G. 2018. "Age of the Sidney Geosol revisited", in Kehew, A.E. and Curry. B.B., eds., Quaternary Glaciation of the Great Lakes Region: Process, Landforms, Sediments, and Chronology, Geological Society of America Special Paper 530, pp. 27-37.

Pair, D.L., 2018. Surficial Geology of Onondaga County, New York, New York State Museum Map & Chart No. 99.

Franzi, D.A, Ridge, J.C., Pair, D.L., Desimone, D., Rayburn, J.A. Barclay, D.J. 2016. “Post-Valley Heads Deglaciation of the Adirondack Mountains and Adjacent Lowlands”, Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES), v. 21, pp. 119-146

Pair, D.L., and Kappel, W.M. 2002. "Geomorphic studies of landslides in the Tully Valley, New York: Implications for Public Policy and Planning," Geomorphology, v. 47, p. 125-135.

Pair, D.L., and Pennock, N. 1999. "The Making of an Aquifer - One of the Miami Valley's Most Important Resources," Science Educators Conference of Ohio (SECO), February, 1999, Dayton OH.

Pair, D.L. 1997. "The Film, Channelized Drainage, or Sheetfloods beneath a portion the Laurentide Ice Sheet: An examination of glacial erosion forms," Northern New York State, USA, in Piotrowski, J.A. ed., Subglacial Processes, Sediments, and Landforms. Sedimentary Geology (Special Issue), v. 111, p. 199-215.