NAGT Officers: Roles and Responsibilities

NAGT is, for the most part, a volunteer organization. It is officially run by the Executive Committee, but also draws upon the expertise of the NAGT Council, various Awards committees, Division and Section officers, and officers from affiliated organizations.

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises the President, first Vice-President, second Vice-President, Past President, Secretary/Treasurer, Editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education, Executive Director, and six Councilors-at-Large. The elected Second Vice-President serves consecutive one-year terms as Second Vice-President, first Vice-President, President, and Past President. The Secretary/Treasurer and Councilors-at-Large are elected for 3-year terms.

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The Executive Committee conducts the official business of NAGT. This includes such activities as long-range planning for the organization, oversight of its publications, assisting regional sections in planning and executing their activities, managing the budget, planning and executing activities at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America and other meetings, interacting with other organizations, and many other related activities.

Detailed Executive Committee responsibilities
  • Attendance at face-to-face and virtual meetings of the Executive Committee and Council.
  • Liaison duties: Each member of the Executive Committee is a liaison for an interest Division or regional Section of NAGT. The type of work this involves for the liaison depends on the level of activity in the section. Tasks may involve communicating with a vibrant section or trying to resurrect a non-functional section.
  • Semi-annual report: A written report of each Executive Committee member's activities and accomplishments between meetings is submitted approximately two weeks prior to the annual and mid-year meetings. These reports are distributed prior to the meetings so that all Executive Committee members are up-to-date and ready for discussions at the meetings. Following the meetings, the reports are made available to the membership and broader community via the NAGT website.
  • General Officer tasks: Much of the work of NAGT is performed by the Executive Committee. Therefore each member of the Committee will take on tasks to perform between meetings depending on the interests, abilities of the Councilor and the needs of the organization. Members should decide what area(s) of NAGT's functions and outreach they are interested in and volunteer in those areas.
  • The NAGT Council

    The Council is an advisory body made up of the national Officers and the immediate Past-President, the President from each Section and Division (or their representative), standing committee chairs, and official Representatives to other geoscience associations. The Council is advisory in function; it makes recommendations regarding policy and reviews the activities of the Association.

    Standing Committees

    Get involved and help grow the organization »These committees support NAGT's programs and activities.

    Award Committees

    NAGT presents several awards each year for a variety of accomplishments. Each award has a supporting committee to handle nominations and determine the best recipient.

    • Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award Committee
    • Neil Miner Award Committee
    • James H. Shea Award Committee
    • Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award Committee
    • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Committee

    Program Committees

    These committees help run some of NAGT's programs:

    • Professional Development Committee
    • Field Camp Scholarship Committee
    • Advocacy Committee


    • Donor Development Committee
    • Nominating Committee
    • Investment Committee