Short Vita

Sharon Mosher

Professor & William Stamps Farish Chair

Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

The University of Texas at Austin

Fields of Specialization:

Structural Petrology, Structural Geology, Tectonics


  • B.S., 1973, University of Illinois at Urbana, Geology; High honors, departmental distinction in the curriculum
  • M.Sc., 1975, Brown University, Geology
  • Ph.D., 1978, University of Illinois at Urbana, Geology


Full Professor, 1990-present; William Stamps Farish Chair, 2001-present; Wilton Scott Centennial Professorship, 1992-2001; Associate Professor, 1984-1990; Assistant Professor of Geology, 1979-1984, University of Texas at Austin

Academic Experience:

  • Field: 33 years of mapping & field experience; Field Camp Director for 15 years
  • Teaching: 28 years teaching undergraduate and graduate structural geology, field methods, field geology, petrology, tectonics and introductory geology to majors and non-majors
  • Student Supervision: Graduate students: 15 Ph.D., 33 MA/MS; Undergraduate: 9 senior honor students; and 3 postdoctoral scientists; 1979 to present

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award, 2005
  • Geological Society of America Distinguished Service Award, 2003
  • Alumni Achievement Award, University of Illinois Department of Geological Sciences, 2001
  • President of the Geological Society of America, 2001
  • William Stamps Farish Chair, 2001-present
  • Houston Oil and Minerals Faculty Excellence Award, 1982, 1991
  • Association of Women Geologists Outstanding Educator Award, 1990
  • Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award, 1989
  • ARCO Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 1981

Scientific Societies Offices:

  • Chair, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2004; Past Chair, 2005; Chair-Elect, 2003; Treasurer, 2002; Board Member, 2001
  • President, Geological Society of America, 2000-2001, Past President 2001-2002; Vice President, 1999-2000
  • Councilor, Geological Society of America, 1992-1995
  • Chairman, Division of Structural Geology and Tectonics - Geological Society of America, 1981-1982

Society Membership:

Geological Society of America (Fellow), American Geophysical Union, Division of Structural Geology and Tectonics - Geological Society of America, Association of Women Geologists, Sigma Xi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Council of Scientific Society Presidents

Current and Recent Professional Activities:

  • GeoScienceWorld, Chair, Board of Directors, 2004-2006
  • NSF Advisory Committee for Geosciences, 2003-2005
  • GEON Advisory Board, 2004-2007
  • Texas State Board of Education Earth Science Task Force, 2002-2005
  • NSF Committee of Visitors for Deep Earth Processes Section of EAR Division, GEO Directorate, Chair, 2005
  • Geological Society of America Publications Committee, 2004-2007

University Service:

Served on 17 department administrative committees, chaired 7; served on 6 College of Natural Science committees; served on 3 Jackson School of Geosciences committees, chaired 1