Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Christopher Etherington

Assistant Professor
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Contact Information

901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063-1094
Room Number: 3414
Phone: (610) 359-5078

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As a science instructor at DCCC, my daily goal is to foster critical thinking in a safe, collaborative learning environment. My primary interest is non-major earth science education in laboratory and online/blended environments. At DCCC I teach Earth and Space Sciences, bringing more than a decade of experience teaching a variety of physical and natural sciences at the secondary and undergraduate levels.


  • MS Geoscience, Mississippi State University
  • BSEd Geology, West Chester University
  • EdD Higher Education Leadership, Wilmington University


Academic Biography

During my undergraduate experience, I studied geology and secondary education, and studied in the field as much as possible. I was fortunate to be able to travel across the state and county with faculty and students. I spent part of a summer studying stratigraphy in the Southwest U.S., and another summer in the Pacific Northwest, studying hydrothermal features and volcanic landscapes. I graduated cum laude and began graduate work in special education at West Chester University, and further studied geosciences with Mississippi State University. My graduate work allowed me to study weather and climate at a deeper level. Towards the end of my Master's work, I spent time on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and studied karst topography in the field while working with multiple research teams based at the Gerace Research Center. I continued several years of graduate work and successfully defended my doctoral dissertation in September 2018, the final step towards earning my Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership.

Scholarly Interests

  • Non-major science education
  • Sedimentary geology
  • Coastal hazards and urbanization
  • Severe weather and storms