Hi, I am Dr. Sian Proctor and I am an analog astronaut, explorer, and geoscience professor. I am passionate about using my space to inspire those within my reach. I help others develop leadership skills and opportunities through professional development and making connections. I inspire and motivate people to believe in themselves and what they can achieve. I believe in creating a can-do mind shift by helping individuals discover their strengths and develop a flow for peak performance.
My leadership knowledge comes from amazing professional development experiences such as living in a NASA funded Mars simulation for 4 months, a moon simulation for 2-weeks, and surviving a Discovery Channel apocalyptic reality tv show for 2 months. I am currently the science demonstration expert on the Science Channel’s show Strange Evidence. I was also featured in the PBS series called Genius by Stephen Hawking. I’m in Episode 2: Are We Alone where I learn how to search for intelligent life in the universe. I have also been featured in the Cox Communication Show called the STEM Journals. I am a NASA Solar System Ambassador, was an astronomy in Chile education ambassador, was a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2017 Teacher at Sea, and a PolarTREC teacher to Barrow, Alaska. I was even a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program. I have traveled and taught around the world, I’ve done education outreach at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and Goddard Spaceflight Center. I completed my last sabbatical at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute developing their science of disasters curriculum. I am a geoscience professor at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) in Phoenix, Arizona. I have a B.S. in Environmental Science, a M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. I am also a faculty developer and open educational resources coordinator that specializes in helping others network and engage in professional development. My areas of expertise are leadership, networking, professional development, STEAM education, sustainability, resiliency, teaching with technology, inspiration, motivation, adventure education, disaster science, and diversity. I hope you will consider me for your next speaking opportunity.