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News and Announcements

Vote to elect NAGT leaders by July 1, 2022

NAGT holds annual officer elections for both National and Division officers every Spring. Voting for NAGT leadership is now open and ends on July 1, 2022. Submit your ballot today to elect National and Division leaders.

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Read NAGT's letter to GSA Editors

GSA recently published NAGT's letter to the editors of GSA Today. This letter was written to express NAGT's concern with the editorial published in the December 2021 issue of GSA Today, titled "Why Publish in GSA Today?," and authored by that publication's two science editors, Mihai Ducea and Peter Copeland. NAGT's concern comes with their statement about what is not appropriate for a science article, namely, "social science/social justice or geo-education pieces." You can read the letter online in the May issue, page 44 in Vol. 32 of GSA Today.

In the Trenches

Are you doing something creative, innovative, or inspiring in your geoscience teaching? In the Trenches (ITT) would like to spread the word!

ITT articles are short (2500 words or so) articles that describe what you're doing and how others can try your techniques. Submit article suggestions to:

Our January 2023 issue of ITT will focus on using art to teach!ITTCovers.jpg

Order your Rendezvous T-shirt by June 10!

Heather Slate back Women_fitted_150.jpgRegistration is open for the eighth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, from July 11-15, 2022! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Pre-order your Rendezvous t-shirt today! This year's shirt features a sketch of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the Rendezvous logo as the sun. T-shirts cost $20 each and you can pick up your t-shirt at the Registration booth. Order yours online now!

The deadline to order your Rendezvous t-shirt is Friday, June 10. There will NOT be any shirts available for purchase at Rendezvous, so pre-ordering now will ensure that you get one!

One week left to apply for a Fall/Winter Traveling Workshop

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help you and your colleagues with strategic planning. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening geoscience departments, fostering collaboration in the development of cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs, developing strategies for supporting the success of all students, and more. Apply to bring facilitators to you for a Fall/Winter 2022 workshop by June 15, 2022.

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One week left to nominate for 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. Award winners receive a one-year membership in NAGT, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and the In The Trenches quarterly online magazine. The next deadline to nominate students is June 15.

Please consider nominating your top teaching assistants. The process is not cumbersome and means a great deal to the recipients. For any questions, please contact Katherine Ryker (

Nominees will be evaluated holistically using the following criteria, though excellence in all criteria is neither expected nor required. Undergraduate and graduate student nominations will be evaluated separately.

  • Experience (For graduate students, two or more semesters will be valued favorably.)
  • Knowledge and application of evidence-based pedagogies (e.g. active learning)
  • Initiative to improve the course through an innovation or contribution
  • Attentiveness and responsiveness to fostering inclusive learning environments
  • Ability to develop trust and rapport with students
  • Ability to effectively manage course administration and logistics (e.g. learning management software, communication and assessment)
  • Conveys their own passion for geoscience and inspires it in others
  • Supports fellow educators by promoting a positive culture around teaching and learning

GSA Education Committee Vacancies

The GSA Education Committee has three vacancies and is seeking nominations by June 15. This committee provides information and direction to the Society regarding programs and initiatives that support informal, pre-college (K-12), undergraduate, and graduate earth-science education, and would be a great fit for an NAGT member. The open positions are a 4-year college faculty, a member-at-large, and a graduate student representative. Go to the GSA nomination form to volunteer or nominate (must be a GSA member).

Apply for 2022 Teaching Computation with MATLAB Virtual Workshops by June 15

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Since 2015, hundreds of educators have attended the Teaching Computation with MATLAB workshops. At these 3-day, peer-led virtual workshops, educators work with their colleagues and MATLAB experts to develop and revamp their computationally-focused courses, whether live, remote or hybrid.

As part of either workshop, you'll develop curriculum, work with mentors, collaborate with educators teaching computation and discipline-related skills, and learn MATLAB teaching tools.

Learn more about the workshops and apply:

Collaboration in Geoscience Education: ICON Article Published

Authors from the Geoscience Education community wrote three commentaries on ICON (Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked) Science that are now published as a single manuscript. Themes led by three commentary teams included: 1) the Practice of Geoscience Education, 2) Geoscience Education Research, and 3) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Together, the manuscript provides a community vision for improving and advancing geoscience education through our collaborative practices. The article incorporates ideas from ~80 people who contributed ideas through feedback forms or who attended open meetings. This project was supported by NAGT, AGU, and GSA education leaders and project communities in geoscience education. Below is the full citation with the authoring structure:

Conceptual Team: Sarah K. Fortner, Cathryn A. Manduca, Hendratta N. Ali, Casey M. Saup, DEIJ Writing Leads: Samuel C. Nyarko, Shannon Othus-Gault, Viranga Perera, Vincent C. H. Tong, Geoscience Education Practice Writing Leads: Anne U. Gold,Tanya Furman, Geoscience Education Research Writing Leads: Leilani Arthurs, Bridget K. Mulvey, Kristen St. John, DEIJ Writing Team: Joel G. Singley,Elijah Thomas Johnson, Molly Witter, Geoscience Education Practice Writing Team: Rebecca L. Batchelor, Deron T. Carter,M. Chantale Damas, Lynsey LeMay, Karen M. Layou, Russanne Low, Hui Hui Wang, Kai Olson-Sawyer, Amy Pallant, Katherine Ryker, Geoscience Education Research Writing Team: Laura Lukes, Nicole LaDue, Katherine Ryker, Kaatje J. van der Hoeven Kraft, Geoscience Education Perspectives on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) Science. Earth and Space Science (2022): e2022EA002298.

Read more about the ICON collection and the collaborative processes (Networking and Coordination strategies) used to produce this manuscript.

Awards and Recognition

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

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MATLAB Virtual Workshop: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB

Don Baker, McGill University
Dan Burleson, University of Houston (Review Editor)
Kristi Closser, California State University-Fresno
Lisa Kempler, MathWorks
Kelly Roos, Bradley University

Date: October 16-18, 2022

Application deadline is June 15, 2022.


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MATLAB Workshop: Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB - California

MathWorks California Team
Lisa Kempler, MathWorks Sponsor

Date: November 6-8, 2022

*specifically designed for California-based educators

Application deadline is June 15, 2022.


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Earth Educators' Rendezvous

Join us for the eighth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. The Rendezvous brings together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education, including a mix of college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about Earth.

Date: July 11-15, 2022, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


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GETSI Short Course @ GSA: Teaching SfM and GNSS/GPS Methods to Undergraduates in the Field

Benjamin Crosby, Idaho State University
Bruce Douglas, Indiana University
Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Dates: October 7-8, 2022
Location: Denver, CO (in conjunction with the annual GSA meeting)

Register through GSA. Apply for travel supportthrough GETSI.

Section and Division Highlights

GEO2YC Division

Nominate an Outstanding Adjunct 2YC Faculty today!

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award (OAFA) is an opportunity to showcase the efforts of you or one of your adjunct colleagues who is doing great work in geoscience education. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. See the information page for more details about the award.

Teacher Education (TED) Division

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

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

Career Hub

Visiting Faculty - Geology Department, Grand Valley State University

Rock and Mineral Exchange

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