NAGT and its sponsored projects have many resources and programs to help support geoscience and interdisciplinary departments.
Member benefits for heads and chairs
- Support for your department as it evolves through the Traveling Workshops Program
- Professional development for your new faculty through the long-running Early Career workshop
- Promotion of your field course to recruit students
- Ability to recognize your students through Outstanding Teaching Assistant awards, the NAGT-USGS Cooperative Summer Fellowship, and Scholarships for Field Study
- Promotion of job opportunities in your department and university through our Career Hub
- A monthly newsletter filled with professional development and other opportunities to share with your faculty
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Planning for change
Departments and programs can submit an application to the Traveling Workshops Program (TWP), which brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus to facilitate strategic planning and taking action to strengthen your department or program. The Building Stronger Departments track considers the unique context of your department and helps you work together through a visioning and planning process to achieve your objectives.
Building Strong Geoscience Departments is a project focused on helping geoscience departments adapt and prosper in a changing and challenging environment. Through workshops, a website, and sessions at professional meetings, this project aims to stimulate discussions and disseminate community expertise on topics such as approaches to core content and curriculum, retaining and recruiting top faculty and students, and maintaining the department as a valued institutional partner.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NAGT's TWP also has a track for Supporting the Success of All Students that includes components that emphasize understanding your current students and community, supporting the whole student, transitioning students into your program from multiple contexts, and launching them onto the next phases of their life (e.g. education, career).
This set of resources was compiled by the NAGT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and contains resources for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in your department and in your classes.
The ADVANCEGeo Partnership is empowering (geo)scientists to transform workplace climate. This compilation includes resources that address anti-racism; creating inclusive virtual spaces; codes of conduct; creating inclusive climates; and recognizing bias, among other resources.
Careers and Workforce Preparation
Strengthen workforce preparation in your program from InTeGrate
This resource from InTeGrate outlines strategies for incorporating careers and workforce preparation throughout your program, and provides examples of programs that have done so.
Started in 1965, the NAGT/USGS Cooperative Summer Fellowship Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the Earth sciences. Since it began, more than 2400 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS. Department chairs, program heads, and field camp directors nominate students for the program.
Teacher Preparation and K-12 Connections
Prepare Future Teachers from InTeGrate
This resource describes the relationships between geoscience departments and teacher preparation programs, and provides strategies and examples for getting involved—and reasons why you might want to do so.
NAGT Position Statement: The Importance of Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment to the Geosciences
This position statement recommends strong connections between secondary and post-secondary institutions to develop and offer dual-credit and concurrent enrollment in Earth science courses.
Do you have colleagues or students that deserve recognition for their achievements? Go to the NAGT Awards page to see all of our awards. The following might be of particular relevance to departments.
NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants with two award deadlines annually (December 15 and June 15). Both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award, which consists of a one year membership in NAGT, recognition on the website, and a certificate.
The Excellence in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award is presented annually to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to JEDI in geoscience.
This award is given every year to an individual for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences.
NAGT collaborates with the AGU Heads and Chairs Program to support geoscience programs on issues related to curriculum and faculty and student support.