Apply for a Workshop
Application Deadlines for the 2014-2015 academic year:
- July 21 (application deadline passed)
- October 15 (for Spring 2015 Workshops)
- January 15 (for Spring/Summer 2015 Workshops)
- March 15 (for Fall 2015 Workshops)
Going forward beyond 2014-15, there will be two application deadlines per year - March 15 for Fall workshops and October 15 for Spring/Summer workshops.
Application and Selection Criteria
Traveling workshops take place during the academic year, at the mutual convenience of your department and our leaders. Applicants will be selected on the basis of potential impact on the department and the match between department needs as articulated in the application and our programs strengths. We will give preference to applicants with a high level of commitment, as indicated by the percentage of the department that will be involved, and the length of workshop requested.
Participating departments are expected to:
- Schedule the workshop to support full participation by all department faculty members.
- Reserve a meeting space with robust internet access.
- Provide us with information about your department and its programs.
- Prepare in advance for workshop discussions via readings, writings, discussion or other activities developed by workshop leaders.
- Participate fully in the entire workshop.
- Develop an action plan at the workshop, implement it, and report the outcomes to us.
- Contribute to on-line collections of resources for the Building Strong Departments website.
- Assist in disseminating the results of the workshop through discussions with colleagues and other activities.
The host institution is expected to provide housing, meals, local ground transportation and any other on-site expenses (e.g., duplication of handouts).
Before the Workshop
Please use the links below to submit any supporting materials that have been requested by your workshop facilitator. You are welcome to submit additional information that you think would be useful for them to have access to. Because sharing information among geoscience departments is a primary goal of the program, unless you ask us not to, we will add these documents to online collections maintained on the Building Strong Geoscience Departments website. You can find many examples of resources contributed by past workshop participants on the website.
Curriculum and Program Design
Curricula: Submit information about one or more of your curricula. Please submit each one you wish to examine or revise during the workshop. We may make a page about each curriculum and add it to the collection of curriculum profiles.
Preparing Students for the Workforce
Curricula: Submit information about one or more of your curricula. Be sure to submit any curricula that particularly focus on knowledge or skills key to the available employment opportunities. We may make a page about each curriculum and add it to the collection of curriculum profiles.
Assessment Instruments: Please share the primary assessment instrument(s) your department is currently using. In addition to uploading the instrument themselves, we ask you to provide information on their design, use, and impact. Submissions may be made into webpages and added to the assessment instrument collection.
Assessment Documents: Please share your department's assessment planning documents: mission/vision statements, student learning goals/objectives, and/or departmental assessment plans, if you have them. Submissions may be made into webpages and added to the assessment planning documents collection.
Upload any additional information for your workshop leaders. (optional)
During the Workshop
Our facilitators will offer their knowledge and expertise on the topic or topics you choose from the list above, and will lead your department in a structured conversation about how to move forward with your departmental plans for the future. In particular, at the end of the workshop you will have:
- Strategies that have worked for other geoscience departments.
- A collection of resources, from other geoscience departments and beyond, on the topic(s) of your choice.
- A departmental action plan for moving forward.
Following the Workshop
At the end of each workshop, we ask that all participants complete an online End of Workshop Evaluation. Direct feedback about what worked and what didn't will ensure that the program continues to meet the needs of departments as we plan future workshops.
As a part of the workshop, each department will generate a plan of action for moving forward on the issues and topics that were highlighted during the workshop. We ask that the department lead upload that action plan via the website as well. Knowing how departments plan to move forward allows us to assess the long-term effects of the workshop program and its effectiveness at reaching its goals.