History of the Department of General Geology and Geotourism
The Department (Chair) of General Geology and Geotourism has a long history dated back to the very early organization stage of the former Academy of Mining. In 1920, the Department of Geology and Paleontology was established at the Faculty of Mining – the sole faculty existing at the Academy at that time. Simultaneously, Professor Walery Goetel has been nominated the first head of that department. In 1926, the department was divided into the two independent units: Chair of Geology and Chair of Paleontology. Within the Chair of Geology the Department of General Geology has been placed, also managed by Prof. W. Goetel.
In the following years, both the Chair of Geology and the Department of General Geology have benn subjected to many, consecutive, major restructurizations and minor organizational changes. After the World War II, geology has been included into the newly established Faculty of Geology and Surveying, followed by the Faculty of Geology and, finally, by the Faculty of Geology and Exploration. Since 1961, the Chair of Geology and the Department of General Geology have been managed by Professor Henryk Świdziński.
In 1969, all universities in Poland have been subjected to politically-motivated, major restructurization - the traditional chairs were replaced by institutes. In the same time, the Department of General Geology was transformed into the Department of Dynamic Geology and included into the Institute of Regional Geology and Coal Deposits. Simultaneously, Docent Janusz Kotlarczyk has been nominated for the head of this new unit.
In 1974, the next restructuring brought the establishing of the Institute of Geology and Mineral Deposits, and the Department of Dynamic Geology was transformed into the Department of General and Mathematical Geology, still under the supervision of Docent Janusz Kotlarczyk. After his retirement in 1999, he was succeeded by Professor Tadeusz Słomka.
The major restructuring of the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection implemented in 2006 caused dissolution of all the existing departments and establishing of the new units. Among others, the new Department of Basic Geology and Environment Protection was organized, basing upon the staff of the former Department of General and Mathematical Geology, and the Department of Environment Protection (established in 1993) supported by some scientists from the past Department of Stratigraphy and Regional Geology, and by single researchers from the other dissolved departments. Prof. Tadeusz Słomka was nominated for the head of the new unit.
In 2007, our University has returned to its traditional, historically rooted structure – the basic organizational units have become again the chairs. Hence, the Department of Basic Geology and Environment Protection evolved into the Chair or General Geology, Environment Protection and Geotourism, still managed by Prof. T. Słomka.
In 2011, the chair has been divided into the two independent units. One of them is the currently existing Chair of General Geology and Geotourism, under the supervision of, first, Prof. Słomka, followed by Prof. Marek Doktor and, only recently, replaced by Dr. Anna Waśkowska.
During the 98-years-long history of the Department/Chair of General Geology (in its successive embodiments) the staff has included an extended group of scientists, some of them beeing the leading persons in Polish Earth sciences. The heads of the department were: Prof. Waler Goetel followed by Prof. Henryk Świdziński, then by Prof. Janusz Kotlarczyk, Prof. Tadeusz Słomka and Prof. Marek Doktor. In various times, our staff members of included the future distinguished professors: Edward Passendorfer, Czesław Kuźniar, Stanisław Stopa, Stanisław Liszka, Stefan Kozłowski, Andrzej Różkowski, Stefan W. Alexandrowicz, Antoni Kleczkowski and Aleksandra Kostecka, as well as many assistant professors and assistants appreciated in the Polish geological community.
The recent staff reflects a wide range of subjects and fields of scientific and educational interests, far exceeding the initial, traditional general geology. The scientific staff of our Chair includes (in alphabetic order):
- full professors: Witold P. Alexandrowicz, Marek Krąpiec, Pavol Rybar („visiting professor”, TU Kosice) and Tadeusz Słomka,
- associate professor: Marta Bąk,
- habilitated doctors: Henryk Duda, Anna Waśkowska,
- assistant professors: Joanna Barniak, Tomasz Bartuś, Diana Dryglas, Michał Krobicki, Marek Łodziński, Wojciech Mastej, Krzysztof Miśkiewicz, Paweł Różycki, Krzysztof Starzec and Ewa Welz,
- assistants: Sławomir Bębenek, Elżbieta Gałka, Renata Stadnik,
- senior lecturers: Andrzej Joniec, Monika Pilarz, Piotr Strzeboński
- emeritus professors: Marek Doktor, Jan Golonka, Jacek Rajchel.