2020 GER Electionspublished Jun 1, 2020 9:39am
It is time to vote for officers of the Geoscience Education Research Division of NAGT. The ballot includes Past President, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Graduate Student Liaison. Voting begins on June 1 and ends on July 1, 2020.
Officer Candidate Biographies
Education: B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences & Anthropology, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. in Geological Sciences and Quaternary Studies Certificate from Rutgers University.
Teaching experience: Uundergraduate-level courses in the geology and environmental science, graduate-level courses in teaching in the geosciences, K-12 science teacher Earth Science content professional development, and university faculty pedagogical professional development.
Memberships: NAGT, GSA, POD Network, CMIND
Education: B.A. Geology, Whitman College; M.S. Geology, Washington State University; Ph.D. Geology, University of Montana
Teaching Experience: college level courses including Introductory Geology, Geomorphology, Geology of the National Parks and Monuments, Oil and Gas Geology, Geomechanics, and Geology Capstone course.
Memberships: AGU, GSA, NAGT, Geoscience Alliance (GA), Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Statement on why I want to run:
I have always had a deep commitment to geoscience education and my involvement in the NAGT GER division allows me to connect to geoscience educators and researchers around the country. This involvement, in turn, lets me work with like-minded individuals to bring these connections to the entire community through the various initiatives and programs that the GER division provides. I have learned a lot about the community in my role as the Media Director and I hope to continue to serve the GER division in this new role.
Education: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University
Dr. Arthurs's passion for supporting and mentoring Earth Science educators who teach at all grade levels, pre-kindergarteners to seniors, is illustrated by her facilitation of a week-long middle- and high-school Earth Science Teacher summer workshop for four years, a week-long geoscience Graduate Teaching Assistant summer workshop for ten years, and a semester-long STEM college instructor professional development program for six years. For seven years, she has taught a graduate-level course on post-secondary teaching and learning for STEM graduate students considering a career that involves teaching at the college level. Additionally, she has been involved in informal science education on a regular basis in local libraries and museums for almost 20 years.
Dr. Arthurs served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geoscience Education for six years. She is currently serving as the Secretary for the Geoscience Education Research Division for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. In that capacity, she worked on programs for the GER Division's diverse membership including, for example, the "Careers in Academia: Options with your GER background" webinar and the "Making Sense of Methodological and Theoretical Frameworks in Geoscience Education Research" GSA technical sessions.
Education: B.A. Peace & Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley; B.S. Geology, University of Hawai`i at Hilo; four 1-year certificates in pedagogy and Ph.D. Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences, University of Notre Dame.
Teaching Experience: Undergraduate level (selected): Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Exploring Earth for Scientists, Chemistry of Natural Waters, Field Geology. Graduate level: Aqueous Geochemistry, Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Science Education, and Communicating Earth Science with the Public.
Professional Experience (selected): Geophysics Science Aide at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (5 years), Science Teaching Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder (3 years), and Associate Editor for JGE (2012-2018).
Memberships: AAAS, ACS, AGU, GSA, NAGT, NARST
Statement on why I want to run:
I am interested in the Vice President position because I care deeply about the mentoring and professional development of geoscience education researchers and practitioners who work at all grade levels, including informal education. My experiences working in an afterschool program, a community college, a teaching-focused university, and research universities provide me an intimate perspective on the broad range of instructional situations associated in these settings. My commitment to supporting and mentoring all geoscience education practitioners and researchers is illustrated by, for example, my design and facilitation of week- to semester-long professional development programs for pre-college Earth Science Teachers, Graduate Teaching Assistants, and STEM college instructors for more than thirteen years. I have also designed interactive displays for libraries and museums for almost 20 years.
As my term as Secretary for NAGT's GER Division ends, I am thankful for the opportunity to have served our community in this capacity. As Secretary, I learned more about NAGT and the GER Division; worked with the foremothers of this division such as Nicole LaDue, Karen McNeal, and Katherine Ryker; and pursued my passion for supporting the mentoring and professional development of geoscience education scholars and practitioners at all grade levels. For example, I spearheaded the webinar titled, "Careers in Academia: Options with your GER background." I also was an active co-organizer and co-chair for the GSA technical session titled, "Making Sense of Methodological and Theoretical Frameworks in Geoscience Education Research," for the past two years.
If elected as Vice President, my primary goal would be to further create an inclusive and inviting GER community where all members are listened to and valued, where they are respected and supported in their professional development pursuits, and where we work together to cultivate our community's diverse interests while simultaneously creating common ground for constructive GER collaborations.
Education: B.S. in Oceanography, United States Naval Academy; M.S. in Geosciences, Mississippi State University; and Ph.D. in Geoscience Education from the Mallinson Institute of Science Education, Western Michigan University.
Teaching Experience:College level courses in physical science, atmospheric science, and Earth and space science. Middle school math and science.
Memberships: GSA, NAGT, AMS, NSTA
Statement on why I want to run:
I am interested in the position of NAGT GER Division Secretary because I would like to work hard to foster high quality geoscience teaching and learning by supporting, promoting, and disseminating cutting-edge geoscience education research. The division is instrumental in doing this by providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas, establishing networks between researchers, facilitating professional development, and connecting geoscience faculty with geoscience education research. As part of the GER division leadership I can help steer the trajectory of geoscience education research by organizing forums for dissemination of research, such as innovative conference sessions, contribute to creating exciting professional development opportunities through webinars, newsletters, and meetings, and support the development of new researchers in our field by sponsoring opportunities for graduate student researchers. I greatly admire the work of those in present and past service to the division and would like to give back to the organization that has been instrumental in my development as a geoscience education scholar and researcher.