NAGT Committees and Planning Groups

Management | Professional Development | Programs | Awards Committees


NAGT Donor Development Committee

The purpose of this Donor Development plan is to guide the fundraising and development operations of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Development operations are to be spearheaded by the Executive Director and Donor Development Committee, with assistance and oversight from the Executive Committee. Contact the Committee

  • Kathy Ellins ('18-'20)
  • Heather Macdonald '18-'20)
  • Ian Macgregor ('18-'20)
  • Randy Richardson ('18-'20)
  • Susan Sullivan ('18-'20)
  • David Voorhees ('18-'20)
  • NAGT Executive office: Cathy Manduca

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is responsible for reviewing the performance of investments and recommending changes to the Executive Committee in accordance with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers endowment policy. Contact the Committee

The Committee is composed of a chair and three other members as directed by the Executive Committee. The membership of the Investment Committee will include the Second Vice President and two NAGT at-large members appointed by the Executive Committee to 3-year staggered terms.

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  • Gene Pearson (chair)
  • Randy Richardson ('18-'20)
  • David Steer ('18-'21)
  • Karen Viskupic (2nd Vice President, ex officio)

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Nominating Committee

This Committee shall present to the Executive Director a list of nominations to be sent to the membership of the Association. There shall be at least one nomination for President (incumbent Vice-President), Vice-President (incumbent Second Vice-President), Second Vice-President, Secretary/treasurer (every third year), and Councilors-at-Large. Contact the Committee

The Committee shall be composed each year of the five most recent available Past-Presidents of the Association, the immediate Past-President serving as Chair. Tenure will begin each year following the Annual Meeting. Should it become necessary to depart from this committee composition because of emergency or other difficulty, the current President of the Association shall make necessary appointments from the membership.

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  • Don Haas (Chair)
  • Anne Egger
  • Randy Richardson
  • Jimm Myers
  • Aida Awad

Professional Development

NAGT Professional Development Planning Committee

The NAGT Professional Development (PD) Planning Committee is responsible for the planning of NAGT's Professional Development Program, which includes workshops, website content, and related activities. The scope and budget for the program is set by the NAGT Executive Committee. The PD Planning Committee is responsible for the ensuring that workshop and website offerings in aggregate address the needs and priorities of the membership. The PD Planning Committee is appointed by the Executive Committee and reports to the Executive Committee. The PD Planning Committee may establish subcommittees to execute its work. Contact the Committee

  • Karen Viskupic, Boise State University (Chair '18-'21)
  • Rachel Beane, Bowdoin College ('17-'18, term '13-'19)
  • Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary ('13-'19 )
  • Cathy Manduca, SERC, Carleton College, ex officio ('13 - '19)
  • Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School, Colorado ('18-'21)
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula - UNAVCO - ('18-'21)
  • Dallas Rhodes, Humboldt State University ('14-'20)
  • Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College ('13-'19)
  • Sean Tvelia, SUNY Suffolk Community College ('18-'21)
  • Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh ('18-'21)
  • Lisa Gilbert
  • Cailin Huyck Orr
  • Caitlin Callahan (EER and GER)
  • Andy Goodliffe (Early Career)
  • Rory McFadden (Webinar Subcommittee Chair)

PD: Teach the Earth Website Subcommittee

The TTE website management committee will provide stewardship for the NAGT websites, including setting editorial policies. The committee provides expertise to NAGT on matters of website development and use. SERC is responsible for development of the website and implementation of the committee's policies. This committee reports to the professional development planning committee. Members will serve three-year terms unless they are serving by virtue of their position. Contact the Committee

  • Councilor-at-large from ExCom - Jen Wenner (Chair) ('16-'21)
  • SERC web team member - John McDaris (ex officio)
  • SERC technical director - Sean Fox (ex officio)
  • Editor of activity review - Kyle Fredrick ('16-'20)
  • Service learning and sustainability representative - Sarah Fortner ('18-'21)
  • K-12 (especially 9-12) representative - Missy Holzer ('16-'21)
  • Informal education representative - Lisa White ('16-'19)
  • Undergraduate/Faculty representative - Michele Cooke '(16-'20)
  • Educational website expert - Bruce Mason ('16-'19)

PD: Webinar Planning Subcommittee

Contact the Committee

The committee will design and implement an annual webinar program that serves community needs and will find appropriate speakers to fill the schedule. SERC will set up websites and technology etc. NAGT staff will to do marketing with input from the committee. The committee is appointed by the PD committee, is represented by a member on the PD committee and reports to them. Members serve staggered 3 year terms and may be reappointed once.

  • Rory McFadden (chair)
  • Aida Awad
  • Adrianne Leinbach
  • Cathy Manduca
  • Cailin Orr
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula
  • Stefany Sit
  • Margie Turrin
  • Sean Tvelia

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NAGT Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee leads these efforts in association with the Executive Committee building on NAGT's position statements. Recent activities include addressing an increase in the number of states proposing legislation to weaken the teaching of climate change and evolution, how to best support educator involvement in activities like the March for Science, and what to do in the face of changes in federal support for science and education. Contact the Committee

  • Don Haas, Chair (NAGT Past President)
  • Mike Phillips (2019-2022)
  • Margaret Crowder (2019-2022)
  • Catherine Riihimaki (2019-2022)
  • Frank Granshaw, at large (2019-2022)
  • Tamara Ledley, at large (2018-2020)
  • Suzanne Metlay, at large (2018-2021)
  • Euan Mitchell, at large (2018-2021)
  • Dave Mogk, at large (2018-2020)
  • David Szymanski , AGI Critical Issues rep (2018-2021)
  • Wendy Van Norden, at large (2018-2019)
  • Wendi J. W. Williams, NAGT Liaison to AGI Geoscience Policy Advisory Committee (2018-2020)

NAGT Diversity Committee Members

NAGT supports a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth. The NAGT Diversity Committee will promote the development of a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive geoscience education community. The Diversity Committee provides expertise to NAGT and works with affiliated organizations on matters of inclusion at all levels of geoscience education, public policy, and advocacy. The Diversity Committee reports to the Executive Committee. Contact the Committee

  • Aisha Morris, Chair
  • Don Haas
  • Susan Sullivan
  • Wendi Williams
  • NAGT Executive office: Cathy Manduca

Award Committees:

Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award Committee

The Executive Committee administers the selection of the Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Association over a significant period of time.

The service may have been at the national and/or section level. Awardees are selected by the Executive Committee with the concurrence of the Council. The frequency of award presentations is left to the discretion of the Executive Committee.

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  • Members of the Executive Committee

Neil Miner Award Committee

This Committee administers the selection of the recipient of the annual Neil Miner Award for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the geosciences".

The Committee is composed of the President of the Association, who serves as Chair, the immediate Past-President; the Secretary/Treasurer; and two members recommended by the Executive Committee. No one may serve as an appointed member for more than two years in succession. The Committee shall select the recipient of the Neil Miner Award.

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  • David McConnell (President, Chair)
  • Karen Viskupic (1st Vice President)
  • Frank Hladky (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Don Haas (Past President)
  • John Taber (at-large, '16-'19)

James H. Shea Award Committee

The James H. Shea Award is given annually by the Association for exceptional contributions in the form of writing and/or editing of geoscience materials (broadly construed) that are of interest to the general public and/or teachers of geoscience. It is given only for outstanding work.

The Committee consists of five members, four of whom are appointed by the Executive Committee for staggered four-year terms (one new member is appointed each year for a four-year term. The Editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education is an ex officio, voting member of the committee. The senior member of the Committee (that member who is in the last year of his/her term) serves as the Chair of the Committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations, selecting the recipient and arranging for appropriate recognition.

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  • Andy Buddington (chair, '16-'20)
  • Anne Egger (JGE Editor, ex officio)
  • Karen McNeal (at-large, '16-'20)
  • Karin Kirk (at-large, '17-'21)
  • Tim Bralower (at-large '18-'22)

Dottie Stout Professional Development Grants Committee

This Committee administers the selection of the recipients of the Dottie Stout Professional Development Grants "in honor of Dottie's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education".

  • Ben Wolfe (chair, '15-18 & '19-'22)
  • Alec Aitken ('19-'22)
  • David Voorhees ('16-'19)
  • Merry Wilson ('16-'19)
  • Diana Steller (ex officio)

Scholarships for Field Study Committee

This committee reviews the NAGT Scholarships for Field Study applications and selects the scholarship recipients.
  • Lydia Fox (chair, '16-'19)
  • Diana Dalbotten ('16-'19)
  • Cindy Magruder ('19-'22)
  • Bob Shuster ('18-'21)

USGS/NAGT Cooperative Field Training Program

  • Kurtis Burmeister (coordinator, '18-'23)

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award Committee (OEST)

This is a Committee to administer the annual Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the earth sciences at the secondary school level", and for excellence in teaching at the secondary level. Candidates for this award are nominated in each section annually.

Nominations will be made online, monitored by the President of each section who will arrange for the Section Selection Committee. This Committee shall then select the recipient of the Award for the particular section. The presentation of the awards to each section recipient will ordinarily be made at a section meeting and/or before an appropriate audience by one of the section officers. In addition, sections may hold individual state competitions to select OEST State Winners. The Chair of the Outstanding Earth Science Teachers Awards Committee shall see to the preparation of all awards. The Chair is appointed by the Executive Committee. Two other members are recommended by the Executive Committee. Their term of office is two years. The remainder of the Committee consists of one representative from each section which participates in the OEST program. Section Representatives shall be selected by their section and their term of office shall be specified by their section.

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  • Mike Passow (chair, '17-'20)
  • Susan Wolf (Central)
  • Christopher Roemmele (Eastern)
  • Craig Poole (Far West)
  • Aida Farough (Midcontinent)
  • Lori Weeden (New England)
  • Suki Smaglik (2019) (North Central)
  • Jodie Harden and Lynda Sanders (Pacific Northwest)
  • Frank Forcino (Southeastern)
  • NAGT National Office/Mike Passow (Southwest)
  • NAGT National Office/Mike Passow (Texas)

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education with up to 30 awards annually. Both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award.

Award winners receive a one year membership in NAGT, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and our In The Trenches quarterly magazine. The yearly membership starts January 1st of the upcoming year.

The undergraduate student awards are the gift of Thomas Hendrix, Grand Valley State University. Tom was the recipient of the 1994 Neil Miner award and he also served as President of NAGT as editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The graduate student awards are funded by NAGT.

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