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Dale Pinson
Geology Department Head

Instructor of Geology
Wharton Campus - S-126
Ph: (979) 532-6908
Email: DaleP@wcjc.edu

Dale Pinson received his BS degree, teacher certification, and MA degree from Sam Houston State University. He has been a full time instructor for Wharton County Junior since June of 1966.  Mr. Pinson has taught Biology, Comparative Anatomy, Microbiology, Physical and Historical Geology.  


Peter Anderson
Geology Instructor

Instructor of Geology
Wharton Campus - S-129
Ph: (979) 532-6506
Email:  andersonp@wcjc.edu

Mr. Anderson received his B.S. in Geology from West Virginia University in 2009.  Upon his completion of his B.S., he moved to Texas and began his M.S. in Geology at the University of Texas at San Antonio completing it in 2012.  Shortly after graduation, he started his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Houston.  Upon receiving candidacy for his Ph.D., Mr. Anderson left the University of Houston to pursue a career in teaching at the community college, and/or K-12 level.  For the past 2 years, he has worked at San Jacinto College as a part time instructor of geosciences, and as of Spring 2018, Mr. Anderson teaches full time at Wharton County Junior College on their main campus.  Currently he teaches both physical and historical geology (lectures and labs).  In addition to teaching, Mr. Anderson runs and organizes public geology/fossil talks at local K-12 schools around Texas.


Richard Aurisano

Instructor of Geology
Sugar Land Campus - SUG-240
Ph: (281) 239-1559
Email: AurisanoR@wcjc.edu

Dr. Richard W. Aurisano  has been a full-time instructor of geology at WCJC since 2005, teaching  Physical and Historical Ggeology .classes.  Dr. Aurisano has over 25 years of experience as a working geologist / paleontologist / biostratigrapher having spent 20 of those years working for Amoco Production Research in Tulsa, Ok and Amoco Exploration and Production in Houston, Tx.  He is experienced in both international and domestic exploration. And brings these experiences to his classroom.   In addition to teaching, Dr. Aurisano is provides senior palynological consultanting services to the hydrocarbon exploration industry.  Below is a list of Dr. Aurisano’s teaching experience and publications.


B.A., Geology, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1970
M.A., Geology, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1975
Ph.D., Geology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1980


 Thomas Cool

email:  coolt@wcjc.edu


Danny Glenn, B.S., M.S.

Instructor of Geology and Biology

Danny Glenn received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Biology (with an emphasis inzoology) and Geology (emphasis in paleontology) from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981.After working as a geologist in Columbia, South America as a geologist, he received a Texas State Teacher’s Certification from Sam Houston State University in 1984.He taught public school (Junior High and High School) until receiving a Master of Science degree in Biology with a graduate minor in Geology, also from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Glenn started teaching at WCJC in the fall of 1991 as an instructor of Biology and Geology.  He currently teaches physical and historical geology classes and their labs.

1991 – Present     WCJC Biology/Geology Instructor 1988 - 1990          Huntsville ISD Teacher, Junior High and High School in Huntsville, Texas1984 - 1988          Real Estate Salesman/Graduate Student @ SHSU1982 - 1984          Geologist for Ingeconse, Ltd. (Petroleum Pipeline Company), Bogata, Colombia, SA

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