J. Lawford Anderson

Expert on rocks, minerals and the evolution and composition of the Earth’s crust

Professor of Earth Sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching

Expertise

  • petrology: the origin, history, occurrence, structure, chemical composition and classification of rocks
  • mineralogy: minerals, their crystallography, physical and chemical properties, classification, and ways of distinguishing them
  • evolution and composition of the Earth’s crust
  • ethical approaches to the environment
  • the future of energy
  • learner-centered teaching in a research university

Additional Information

  • Editor of The Nature and Origin of Cordilleran Magmatism (1990)
  • Speaker on the topic “The Future of Energy” for One Day University
  • Recipient, USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, Office of the Provost, 1989; USC Innovative Teaching Award, Office of the Provost, 1992; Hewlett Teaching Award, USC Dornsife College, 1994; Outstanding Teacher Award, University Student Association, 1998; General Education Teaching Award, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 1998; Professor of the Year, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, 1999; Greek Women of USC Faculty Recognition Award, 1999; Professor of the Year, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, 2000; University Distinctive Service Recognition Award, USC Academic Senate, 2000; Faculty Member of the Year, USC Panhellenic Council, 2001; Professor of the Year, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, 2003; Faculty Recognition Award, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, 2006; Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, Office of the Provost, 2007; Faculty Appreciation Award, Alpha Lambda Delta student honor society, 2008; and Professor of the Year, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, 2008