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NAGT at the AGU Fall Meeting 2021

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of geoscience education sessions and activities planned for the Fall 2021 AGU meeting, held in New Orleans, LA and online from December 13-17, 2021. The meeting theme this year is Science and Society. Come say hi and check out our new NAGT booth (#427) for those who will be onsite.

Geoscience education session at joint North-Central / Southeastern section GSA

Suzanne Birner (Berea College) and Kent Ratajeski (University of Kentucky) are co-chairing a geoscience-education themed session at the upcoming joint North-Central / Southeastern section meeting of the Geological Society of America in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 7-8, 2022.

T27. The Future of Geoscience Teaching after the "Great Disruption": Lessons from Lockdown

Description: March 2020 brought abrupt change to the geoscience classroom. For some, it was a sudden introduction to online teaching. For others, the onset of the pandemic accelerated previously gradual shifts in educational strategy. We invite reports on what worked and did not work, reflections on strategies to be retained after a return to the classroom, as well as grand-scale speculation about what the increased use of technology means for the way we teach geoscience.

If this topic is of interest, we welcome you to submit an abstract by the Dec. 14 deadline.

Nominate by December 15: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

Do you know an outstanding teaching assistant? NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education with up to 30 awards annually, with two deadlines for nomination (December and June). 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 on 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.

Join the Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network

Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is excited to continue collaborating with BioQUEST/QUBES to work with faculty interested in adapting and implementing existing Project EDDIE teaching modules that address scientific concepts and quantitative reasoning using large datasets and inquiry-based learning. Participants in this Spring 2022 FMN will implement a Project EDDIE module and discuss topics such as math anxiety, inquiry-based learning, student motivation, and implementation strategies.

See ICON draft commentaries on collaboration in geoscience education

Check out draft manuscripts on ICON (integrated, coordinated, open science, networked) collaboration in geoscience education. Manuscripts on collaboration in the practice of geoscience education, geoscience education research, and DEIJ in geoscience education have been generated using an open input process. Now they are in community review until January 1st.

EGU session - Teaching & Learning in Higher Education - abstract submission deadline January 11, 2022

Please consider submitting an abstract to the European Geophysical Union General Assembly Meeting being held hybrid - virtual or Vienna, Austria - 3-8 April 2022.

Session EOS2.1 - Open Session in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The session is open to all areas involving the teaching of geoscience and related fields in higher education. Examples might include describing a new resource available to the community, presenting a solution to a teaching challenge, pros and cons of a new technique/technology, linking science content to societally relevant challenges/issues, developing critical thinking skills through the curriculum and effective strategies for online/remote instruction and/or hybrid/blended learning.

(note: you will need to login or make a free account in order to see the abstract submission page; otherwise it will take you to an overarching programme page)

Check out other Technical - and Education-related sessions too.

The final abstract deadline is effectively 11 Jan 2022 depending on the time zone.

Traveling Workshop Applications Due January 15, 2022

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. It brings together expertise from numerous NSF funded projects including the On the Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, SAGE,and GeoNeeds. The TWP is a part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program.

At the end of an NAGT Traveling Workshop, participants will have a combination of the following, dependent on the workshop theme:
Apply for a Workshop

  • Strategies and approaches that have worked for others in the US and Canada.
  • A collection of resources, including department best practices, curricula, courses, modules, and activities, on the topic(s) of their choice.
  • A departmental, program, or individual action plan for moving forward.
  • Apply by January 15, 2022

Nominate a two-year college instructor for the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Please help the Geo2YC Division recognize the great work our adjunct faculty do to support student learning at two-year colleges. Nominate an adjunct for the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award.

Anyone may nominate a faculty member for the award; self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination form, including a brief description of reasons for nomination and contact information at the department and school level, must be filled out in one session. Former winners of the annual award cannot be nominated again.

To qualify, adjuncts must presently be teaching geoscience at a two-year college.

One annual winner receives $750 for faculty development (graciously sponsored by Pearson), and three quarterly winners receive paid NAGT and Geo2YC memberships.

Earth Science Week 2022 Theme Announced: 'Earth Science for a Sustainable World'

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2022 will be "Earth Science for a Sustainable World." The event, to be held October 9-15, 2022, will emphasize the essential role of Earth science in helping people make decisions that maintain and strengthen the planet's ability to support thriving life.

All people share the same planet Earth. As individuals and societies engage with Earth's systems, their actions echo across time. Within people's daily lives, they are challenged to provide for human health, safety, and prosperity, while preserving environmental sustainability.

"Sustainability refers to practices that promote the capacity of the planet to support life throughout the biosphere, which also involves interactions with the other Earth systems," AGI Executive Director Jonathan Arthur said on announcing the theme. "Earth science knowledge has a central role to play in addressing societal challenges, including global sustainability."

The Earth Science Week 2022 theme provides opportunities for everyone to enhance their understanding of geoscience including the professions, technologies, and practices that contribute to the sustainability of the Earth, society, and all of life. Program resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the many ways that Earth science can and does help promote a sustainable world.

Raising awareness of the geosciences nationally and around the globe, AGI leads Earth Science Week in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community as a service to the public. Each October, community groups, educators, and interested citizens organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. Learn more on the information page.

Earth Science Week is supported by many organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey; American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation; National Park Service; NASA; International Raw Materials Observatory; International Union of Geological Sciences; Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences; ExxonMobil; AmericaView; Geological Society of America; American Geophysical Union; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (Minerals Education Coalition); Society of Exploration Geophysicists; Geothermal Rising; Water Footprint Calculator (Grace Communications Foundation); CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network); and American Meteorological Association. AGI welcomes additional partners.

About AGI

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a federation of scientific and professional associations representing over a quarter-million geoscientists, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the geoscience community and addressing the needs of society. AGI headquarters are in Alexandria, Virginia.

Application open: Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty 2022

The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is for faculty in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent position, with priority given to applicants entering their second or third years in their position. Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first three years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the Fall. See the overview page for details. Join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management.

  • Date: June 20-24, 2022, with an optional virtual visit to NSF in Summer 2022
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Apply by March 1, 2022

Update your NAGT Member Profile

We recently updated the questions in your member profile to reflect best practices and the information that supports setting and achieving our diversity goals. Please take a moment to check your profile to see if we have the correct and complete information about you. You can find the questions by clicking on Member Login on the Membership page and then selecting "Profile" in the left navigation. It just takes a minute: update your professional and personal profile today!


  • Online access to In the Trenches, a full-color quarterly magazine focused on improving geoscience education at all levels
  • Discounted registration rates on NAGT Professional development workshops including Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  • Monthly NAGT e-newsletter, featuring articles, updates, and deadlines in the world of Geoscience Education
  • Online access to the Journal of Geoscience Education, the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research, curriculum, and instruction
  • A voice in the development of Teach the Earth, NAGT's portal to online teaching and professional development resources for geoscience educators
  • The ability to recognize your colleagues and students through NAGT's awards
  • Opportunities to volunteer in NAGT committees and offices, from advocacy to professional development


"I was a member of NAGT when I first started teaching, fresh out of grad school. I have participated in many On The Cutting Edge webinars and online courses through the years. I am in my second year at my current institution, so I decided to renew my NAGT membership to find additional professional development options."


  • To renew your NAGT membership, simply click here to pay by Credit Card.
  • 3-year Memberships are also available. To view all Membership rates, click here.
  • To pay by check, send this completed PDF form along with your check to:
    • NAGT, Attn: Membership Renewal, Carleton College W-SERC, 1 North College St, Northfield, MN 55057

Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with the NAGT community? Submit to NAGT's Community Kudos!

Workshops and Webinars

The NAGT webinar series is free and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend. Check out the webinar schedule.

For Students

Geo-Launchpad: Paid internship for community college students in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming

Do you have an interest in geoscience but are unsure where to take your next step? Geo-Launchpad is a paid 11-week summer internship program for community college students attending college in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Geo-Launchpad runs from mid-May through July, pays a stipend of $600/week, and provides housing if needed. This program provides community college students with an introduction to research, a reliable source of summer income ($6600+ for the entire summer), geoscience and engineering knowledge and technical work, career path experience, professional development activities including science communication, resume building, and extensive networking opportunities, the opportunity to become part of a cohort of interns from all over the U.S., and experience presenting at a local and national conference (all expenses paid, including travel if needed). All this as a community college student - before you transfer to a four-year university!

Only students attending community college in CO, NM, and WY are eligible.

Application open: NAGT Scholarships for Field Study

Each year, NAGT makes several $750 awards to undergraduate students to facilitate their study of field geoscience. These awards, previously given to students who attend a traditional summer field camp, are now available for students attending field-based courses at any time of year and in any format: face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid. The intent of the awards is to support students' participation in intensive field courses in any aspect of geoscience (including geophysics, soil science, hydrology, etc.) that focuses on students practicing skills of field observation, data collection, analysis, and synthesis. Awardees are selected based on the importance of the field experience in meeting their educational and career goals, the quality of the field aspects of the course, and the importance of the financial award in allowing them to participate in the program. In addition, the committee endeavors to select awardees that expand the diversity of people studying geosciences in the field, and a collaboration with the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) funds two additional awards specifically for women.

Deadlines Approaching! Paid Summer Research for Undergrads & Grads

Undergraduate Students

Paid Summer Research Programs -- deadlines are fast approaching! has a searchable database of 600+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines. These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc.

Graduate Students

Paid Summer Research Programs -- deadlines are fast approaching!

Search 60+ paid summer research programs for graduate students in a range of STEM disciplines - many deadlines fast approaching! These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc.

If you need help finding a program that's a good fit, please feel free to email me at for assistance. Please include your level of study, disciplinary interests, and any other requirements you would like me to consider. You can also follow us on Facebook for program deadlines and updates.

Please also forward this message to other students who could benefit from this information!

Best of luck and have a wonderful winter break!

Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
Pathways To Science
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Seeking participants for a research study of experiences of geoscience students with learning disabilities

You are invited to participate in a research study designed to learn about your experiences as a geoscience undergraduate student. The purpose of this study is to understand how geoscience students with a learning disability navigate their geoscience course work. I am hoping to better understand your challenges and opportunities in order to improve the teaching of geosciences.

In order to participate in this study, you must meet three criteria: 1) be a geoscience /geology major at a university or college in the United States; 2) have completed at least one geoscience/geology course; and 3) have a learning disability and be registered with your university or college student disability center.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will first complete a short survey about your learning disability, then participate in an interview that will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Once the interviews have been completed, transcripts will be produced, and any personal identifying information will be removed.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in this study, please visit the information page. You may choose to discontinue participation in the study at any time and you may also choose not to answer any question that you find uncomfortable.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, feel free to contact me by the e-mail listed below.

Thank you for your time,

Nina Morris
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Western Michigan University

Section and Division Highlights

Southeastern Section Social Media Updates

Please keep up with the latest news from the NAGT Southeastern Section by following our Facebook page and our Twitter feed. As we enter a new year, we look forward to posting regular updates about conferences, field trips, and other opportunities of interest to geoscience educators across the region.

Teacher Education (TED) Division

TED would like to start a monthly series of online drop-in sessions to build a community of practice for Earth sciences educators. Topics may include: (1) How to present science methods to teacher candidates? (2) What makes a great NGSS-based in-class activity according to active teachers? (3) Are there winning arguments to make at the school or district level for more outdoor science education? What would you like to share with your peers in TED?

  • Please direct responses to
  • This will be an agenda item at the next TED ExComm meeting on 9 Dec at 3:00pm PT/6:00pm ET.

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

Members are invited to post time-critical information on the TED Division Facebook page.

Career Hub

Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science, Bowdoin College

Assistant Professor Geography and Geospatial Science - Oregon State University

Laboratory Manager, Tennessee Tech University

Assistant Professor Environmental Science Education or Geological Science Education - Chico State

Scientific and Instructional Support Technician - Amherst College

Graduate Assistantships; PhD Education option in Science Education - Oklahoma State University

Assistant Professor of Teaching (tenure-track) in Geological Engineering - University of British Columbia