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USU Professor Jim Evans Receives National Teaching Honor

Thursday, May. 16, 2013

USU professor and geologist Jim Evans

Geologist Jim Evans, professor in USU's Department of Geology, is 2013 recipient of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Professorial Award.

USU geology professor Jim Evans doing field work with a student

Evans, in orange vest, who received USU's 2010 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, is described as a professor who provides students with encouragement and unlimited quantities of his time.

Utah State University professor James P. “Jim” Evans is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists FoundationProfessorial Award. Evans is the second recipient of the newly established honor that recognizes university professors for “excellence in the teaching of natural resources in the earth sciences.” The prize includes a $1,000 cash award from the AAPG Foundation.

“In surveys, our students consistently identify Jim as the most highly regarded advisor in our department,” says Dave Liddell, professor and head of USU’s Department of Geology. “He funds his students’ research projects but, more importantly, he provides them with encouragement and unlimited quantities of his time.”

Evans, who joined USU in 1987 and received USU’s 2010 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students. He teaches a variety of classes, including such introductory and Honors courses as Honors Planet Earth and Energy in the 21st Century, along with graduate offerings in subsurface analyses, petroleum systems, structural analyses of deformed geological materials and mechanics and processes in Earth sciences.

“I have had the great pleasure in teaching students at all levels about the earth and how it works,” Evans says. “I have benefited greatly from working with some of the best graduate students and colleagues a professor could wish for — both in terms of intellectual ability and curiosity about the earth and sciences, an in terms of being outstanding human beings.”

Beyond the classroom, Evans led two groups of students that excelled in the Imperial Barrel Award competition, which is a joint AAPG/AAPG Foundation program.

Evans has published numerous articles on topics ranging from fault mechanics to reservoir integrity and carbon dioxide sequestration. He served as chief editor of the Geological Society of America’s Journal of Structural Geology from 1997 to 2002, and currently serves as editor of the society’s Lithosphere journal.

Evans, who has been an AAPG member since 1998, was recommended for the honor by the AAPG Academic Liaison Committee and approved by the AAPG Foundation Trustees. The foundation was established in 1967 with the primary goal of providing a source of funding for educational, charitable and scientific objectives, which directly and indirectly benefit the geologic profession and the general public.

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Contact: James “Jim” Evans, 435-797-1267,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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