Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interim Chair, Department of Social Work (2017-2018 academic year)


Professor of Geology

110 Bancroft

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC  29732

bollingerm@winthrop.edu   803-323-4944


I have been on the faculty at Winthrop for more than 30 years and have served in many capacities. 

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies:  In August 2011, a new department in the College of Arts and Sciences was formed which brought together interdisciplinary programs (including Environmental Sciences and Studies) under one umbrella.  I am the first chair of this new department and have moved from Sims Science Building to the ground floor of Bancroft Annex.  For more information about the department, click here.  

Environmental Program:  From 2002 until Fall 2015, I served as the Dalton Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Studies, an interdisciplinary program that offers two majors and one minors; click here for more information about the environmental program. In academic year 2006-2007, I served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where  I contributed to the administration of the geosciences research program and monitored energy-water issues affecting DOE.

I teach courses that support the environmental program including ENVS 101 (Introduction to Environmental Issues; offered every semester), ENVS 220 (Environmental Career Exploration; offered each fall), ENVS 490 (Senior Seminar in the Environment; offered each spring), and occasionally ENVS 350 (Special Topics in the Environment).  In addition, I often am the instructor of record for environmental internship courses (ENVS 461, ENVS 463, for example). 

Geology Program: Within the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Geology, I have taught a variety of geology courses such as physical geology, environmental geology, oceanography, Earth science for elementary education majors, marine geology, and geochemistry. My geology research interests relate to water and sediment chemistry, particularly in coastal environments such as salt marshes and estuaries.