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Donald Pair

Professor; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Experiential Initiatives

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Office of the Dean, Geology, Hanley Sustainability Institute


Email: Donald Pair
Phone: 937-229-2678
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Dr. Pair coordinates existing and emerging interdisciplinary research communities in the College. These include the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the Human Rights Center, the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, STEM research communities, and other cross-unit collaborations. He has responsibility for experiential learning initiatives in the College and university-wide programs including the 1st year Integrated Learning Living Communities (ILLCs).

Recent curriculum and faculty development activities have included a grant from the McGregor Fund to create a general education curriculum called the “River Leadership Curriculum” and he is the administrator associated with UD’s AACU – TIDES grant to our computer science program.

He has served previously as the Acting Head, Hanley Sustainability Institute; the Associate Dean for Integrated Learning and Curriculum; and as the 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.).

Faculty Perspective

My approach to undergraduate education involves integrating aspects of the research experience with the classroom. My research interests in glacial geology, geomorphology, and environmental policy have allowed me to take undergraduate researchers to locations such as the Adirondack Mountains and Finger Lakes of New York State, the glaciers of Iceland and the Canadian Rockies, and the rich glacial landscape of the mid-continent. My students have worked on projects ranging from surficial mapping, paleolandlside investigations, glacial landform process studies, to risk assessment studies.


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

Selected Publications

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.

Oberhaus, M., and Pair, D.L. 2001. "The adoption of the Holes Creek watershed: Building a partnership that promotes geoscience education." Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. 241.

Schoenenberger, K.R., Pair, D.L., and Lowell, T.V. 1999. "Web-based investigations of Icelandic glacial foreplains for students in introductory Earth Science labs," Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, p. 70.

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.