NAGT Committees and Planning Groups

Management | Professional Development | Programs | Awards Committees | Ad hoc 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: Anne Egger

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

  • Gene Pearson (chair)
  • Margaret Crowder (2nd Vice-President, ex officio)
  • Michael Phillips ( Acting Secretary/Treasurer, ex officio)
  • Randy Richardson ('18-'20)
  • David Steer ('18-'21)

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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

  • David McConnell (chair)
  • Don Haas
  • Anne Egger
  • Randy Richardson
  • Jimm Myers

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

  • Sean Tvelia, SUNY Suffolk Community College (chair) ('18-'21)
  • Karen Viskupic, Boise State University ('18-'21)
  • Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School, Colorado ('18-'21)
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula - UNAVCO - ('18-'21)
  • Dallas Rhodes, Humboldt State University ('14-'20)
  • Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh ('18-'21)
  • Lisa Gilbert, Williams College ('19-'22)
  • Cailin Huyck Orr, SERC, Carleton College
  • Caitlin Callahan (EER and GER) ('19-'22)
  • Andy Goodliffe (Early Career) ('19-'22)
  • Rory McFadden (Webinar Subcommittee Chair) ('19-'22)

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

  • 1st Vice-President, (ex officio) - Jennifer 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-'20)
  • Undergraduate/Faculty representative - Phil Resor ('19-'22)
  • Educational website expert - Bruce Mason ('16-'22)
  • 2YC representative - Becca Walker ('20-'23)

PD: Traveling Workshops Program

The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The Traveling Workshops Program focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. 

  • Catherine Riihimaki (chair) ('18-'22)
  • Reginald Archer ('18-'21)
  • SERC web team member - Mitchell Awalt (ex officio)
  • Pete Berquist ('18-'21)
  • David Blockstein ('18-'21)
  • Diane Doser ('20-'23)
  • Walt Robinson ('19-'22)
  • Cindy Shellito ('20-'23)
  • Rachel Teasdale ('19-'22)
  • Gary Weissmann ('20-'23)

PD: Webinar Planning Subcommittee

Contact the Committee

The committee will design and implement an annual NAGT Webinar Series 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.

  • Rory McFadden (chair) ('19-'21)
  • Aida Awad ('19-'21)
  • Adrianne Leinbach ('19-'21)
  • Cailin Huyck Orr ('19-'21)
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula ('19-'21)
  • Stefany Sit ('19-'21)
  • Margie Turrin ('19-'21)
  • Sean Tvelia ('19-'21)
  • Anne Egger (Executive Director, ex officio)

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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

  • Catherine Riihimaki, (chair) (Councilor-at-Large, ex officio) ('19-'22)
  • Don Haas, at-large ('18-'20)
  • Margaret Crowder, at-large ('19-'22)
  • Frank Granshaw, at-large ('19-'22)
  • Tamara Ledley, at-large ('18-'20)
  • Suzanne Metlay, at-large ('18-'21)
  • Euan Mitchell, at-large ('18-'21)
  • Dave Mogk, at-large ('18-'20)
  • David Szymanski , AGI Critical Issues rep ('18-'21)
  • Wendy Van Norden, at-large ('18-'19)
  • Wendi J. W. Williams, at-large ('18-'20)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee facilitates the organization's efforts to build an inclusive and equitable organization, and achieve its goals related to diversity of its membership, leadership, committees, award winners, and participants in all events. Members of the committee provide expertise and guidance to NAGT. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee reports to the Executive Committee. Contact the Committee

  • Laura Rademacher (Chair) ('20-'22)
  • Leah Courtland ('20-'23)
  • Amy Weislogel (Secretary) ('20-'23)
  • Steve Mattox ('20-'22)
  • Mimi Fuhrman ('20-'22)
  • Danielle Sumy ('20-'22)
  • Yadira Ibarra (20'-'22)

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. 

  • 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". 


  • Karen Viskupic (President, Chair)
  • Jennifer Wenner (1st Vice-President)
  • Michael Phillips (Acting Secretary/Treasurer)
  • David McConnell (Past-President)
  • Steve Mattox (Councilor-at-large, '19-'22)

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. 

  • Andy Buddington (chair) ('16-'20)
  • Eric Riggs (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 & '19-'22)
  • 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 & '19-'22)
  • Diana Dalbotten ('16-'20)
  • Cindy Magruder ('19-'22)
  • Bob Shuster ('18-'21)

USGS/NAGT Cooperative Field Training Program

Started in 1965, the NAGT-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past fifty years, more than 2300 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS.

  • 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. 


  • Mike Passow (chair) ('17-'20)
  • Susan Wolf (Central)
  • Christopher Roemmele (Eastern)
  • Craig Poole (Far West)
  • Aida Farough (Midcontinent)
  • Lori Weeden (New England)
  • NAGT National Office/Mike Passow (North Central)
  • Jodie Harden and Lynda Sanders (Pacific Northwest)
  • Melissa Hage (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.

Ad hoc Committees

NAGT/AGI Lab Manual Committee

This committee is charged with undertaking activities in support of producing the Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology, its adoption and its adopters.

  • Suki Smaglik, (chair)
  • Anne Egger
  • Jennifer Wenner
  • Vince Cronin
  • Margaret Crowder

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