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Register now for the 10th annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous! EER Register Now.jpg

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.

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Stipends Deadline Coming Soon!

Take advantage of stipend opportunities to offset the cost of travel and registration. Stipends for travel, the Preparing for an Academic Career workshop, and Review Camp are available by application; some workshops also provide stipends. See more information on the EER Registration page.

Deadlines vary - April 1-17, 2024

Stipend Information

Review Camp

Apply to participate in Review Camp to help peer-review the collections of submitted teaching activities from Teach the Earth and NAGT-sponsored programs.

Review Camp Application
By May 3, 2024

There is still time! Submit a Late Abstract for a Poster or Share-a-Thon Presentation!

The Earth Educators' Rendezvous Contributed Program, comprised of oral presentations, posters, teaching demos, and share-a-thon presentations, offers a venue to share your work and engage in discussions with the Earth Science education community. We encourage you to share research and teaching expertise at this event, which brings together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of Earth education. All submissions for these have an additional fee.

Submit a Poster Abstract or Share-a-Thon
By May 20, 2024

Association Awards

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Association awards are presented annually with nominations solicited from the community and awardees selected by committees. These awards include the Distinguished Service: Robert Christman Award, the Stimulation of Interest in the Earth Sciences: Neil Miner Award, the Excellence in Earth Science Writing and Editing: James H. Shea Award, and the Excellence in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: JEDI Award.

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024

More Information on Association Awards

Dottie Stout Professional Development Grant

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In honor of Dottie's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education, NAGT gives grants of $750 to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers to support their participation in Earth science classes or workshops, attendance at professional scientific or science education meetings, participation in Earth science field trips, and/or purchase of Earth science materials for classroom use. Award winners will also be given a one-year membership to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers including these member benefits!

Nomination Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2024

More Information on Dottie Stout Grants

Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) Awards

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The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) is the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research and curriculum and instruction at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. JGE is an international forum dedicated to the publication of research concerning the pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences. JGE awards are presented annually with nominations solicited from JGE readers, authors, and editors. These awards include the Outstanding Paper Award & the Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Nomination Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2024

More Information on JGE Awards

Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards

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The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their work as teaching assistants. Up to 30 awards are given 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 our In The Trenches quarterly magazine. 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 and as editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The graduate student awards are funded by NAGT.

Nomination Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2024

More Information on Outstanding TA Awards

Taylor & Francis Book Discount For NAGT Members!

As NAGT publishes with Taylor & Francis, members are entitled to a 30% books discount on any full-priced CRC Press or Routledge book.

To acquire this discount and see other journals you have access to, visit your NAGT Member Homepage and select Journal Access. This is one of many of our membership perks!

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Workshops and Webinars

New Webinar! NAGT Sections: Opportunities, Elections, & Events

April 18, 2024, 11:00AM Pacific | 12:00PM Mountain | 1:00PM Central | 2:00PM Eastern (1 hour)

NAGT is excited to announce that elections for section leadership will now be online alongside national and division elections. We hope that this change will help expand access to NAGT leadership and opportunities to get involved. NAGT sections offer a chance to dig deep in exploring regional issues, sharing ideas for place-based learning (and getting into the field!), as well as connecting with your local geoscience education community. This session will highlight ways to engage with NAGT at the section level from events to opportunities for leadership. Join to learn more and meet representatives from your section! Registration is open now.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

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2024 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

July 15-19, 2024, in Philadelphia, PA

EER Register Now.jpg Join us for the tenth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. This event 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. Our program is designed to appeal to everyone from the instructor attending their first Earth education-themed meeting, to experienced STEM education researchers, to administrators who want to better support students in their programs. Among many options, participants can learn about new teaching approaches, discover opportunities to get involved in research programs, prepare for an academic career, or discuss how to approach teaching and learning challenges in their classroom. Consider joining the Rendezvous for 2- or 3-day blocks, or for the whole week-long (5-day) event. Multiple stipends are available.

For more information and registration, visit the EER 2024 website.

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NAGT Short Courses at Upcoming GSA Section Meetings

April 15-16, 2024 Southeastern Section Meeting in Asheville, NC

501. Classrooms, Careers, & Communities: Maximizing Your TA Experience

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May 15-17, 2024 Joint Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Section Meeting in Spokane, WA

Preparing Your Students for the Jobs They Want

Getting the Most Out of Your TA Experience

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Data: Project EDDIE

Come see us at the booth!

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Instructor Workshop: Teaching Near-Surface Geophysics to Undergraduates

August 6-8, 2024, in Golden, Colorado Electrical resistivity instrument in use

Learn how to integrate near-surface geophysics instrumentation and methods into all levels of undergraduate courses, introductory to majors. In this workshop undergraduate instructors will learn near-surface geophysical methods - ground penetrating radar (GPR), active seismic, electrical resistivity, and GPS/GNSS surveying. The workshop will providehotel accommodation and food during the workshop and up to $700 towards travel expenses (flights and ground transportation). The application is now open!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024


Course Design Workshop

May 15, 22, and 29, 2024, 10:00AM Pacific | 11:00AM Mountain | 12:00PM Central | 1:00PM Eastern (2 hours)

Are you developing a new course or revising a course you have taught before? This online workshop will help you use backwards design to generate assessments and instructional activities that meet both content and skills-based objectives. This highly interactive, synchronous online workshop will provide time for you to build foundational knowledge of best practices for course design, share strategies and exchange ideas with colleagues, to work independently on developing your course, and provide and receive feedback from peers.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

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2024 Structural Geology and Tectonics (SGT) Forum

June 24-27, 2024, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington

The Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum is accepting abstracts to contribute to the 7th Annual SGT Forum, a grassroots, volunteer-run, community meeting in Structural Geology and Tectonics. The SGT Forum provides a venue for investigators and educators to communicate, develop, and advance research and teaching in our discipline. This four-day Forum includes "one-at-a-time" technical sessions in the central two days, with workshop and field trips at the start and end. This year's themes include subduction zone geology, convergent and transpressional orogens, magnetic fabrics, deformation of mafic and ultramafic rocks, and teaching in the field. We welcome contributions on other topics as well, and will adjust the program to reflect the abstracts we receive. Although the Forum is aimed at professional geologists, we encourage advanced graduate students to attend. Registration opens April 22, 2024.

Abstract Submission & Registration Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024

Forum Overview & Registration

Traveling Workshops: Bring Our Experienced Leaders to You

Rolling, through Fall 2024

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) connects you with experienced facilitators to design a two-day workshop that meets the needs of your department, program, or group. The TWP has well-tested workshop sessions on adapting to change, (re)designing your courses and curriculum, inclusive mentoring, supporting all students, and more. Are you preparing for a program review or responding to feedback from one? Have you seen changes in the faculty in your department through new hires or retirements? Do you feel you could do a better job serving your students? We can help you!

Fall/Winter Workshop Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

Can't make the June 15 deadline? Don't worry - there is one more deadline this year!

Apply for a Traveling Workshop

For Students

Earth Educators' Rendezvous Student Participation Stipends

Academic Career Prep Workshop Stipends

Thanks to generous donations from NAGT members and donors, a Student Career Preparation Fund was established to support students attending the Preparing for an Academic Career Workshop. Recognizing that preparing future educators is a crucial endeavor, this award is intended to help graduate students attend this workshop, with the aim of attaining workshop goals.

Criteria for selection will start with first time graduate student applicants and those who show a demonstrated need.

For more information, visit Career Prep Workshop Grants.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Apply Today!

2024 Geoscience Field Camps: Scholarships & Offerings

Summer 2024 Geoscience Field Camp Offerings

Field Camp Scholarships image Small version) In an effort to help students and faculty find options for Summer 2024 field camp offerings, NAGT is compiling a list of field camps of all formats. This list includes programs-whether they be online, in-person, or hybrid-that have space for additional students. Are you a field camp director with space for additional enrollment in your summer 2024 course? We invite you to add your program to the list.

Please share the field camp list with others who may be interested in participating in these programs.

Section and Division Highlights

NAGT Section Leadership Opportunities

Are you looking to get more involved with NAGT in your region? We're looking for individuals to help serve as state/province representatives as well as in other leadership roles for our revised NAGT sections. Christy Visaggi, Past-President of NAGT, is currently serving as an interim co-liaison for all the sections; please contact her for more information about opportunities in your section and how to get involved. We're excited to do more at the section level with your support and ideas!

Plan to attend Christy's 1-hour webinar, NAGT Sections: Opportunities, Elections & Events April 18, 11:00AM Pacific | 12:00PM Mountain | 1:00PM Central | 2:00PM Eastern

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

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Geo2YC Division

Geo2YC Fireside Chats - Join the Discussion This Spring!

Join the Geo2YC Division Executive Committee for a series of "fireside" chats on Zoom this spring! These sessions are open to Geo2YC members, as well as anyone you want to bring along - please invite your colleagues to attend! Days and times will vary to allow participation from coast to coast. Our goal is to have an hour-long, informal discussion on topics of interest to the membership - we'll provide a starting topic, and see where conversation takes us. These sessions are an opportunity to connect, build community and share ideas in real time. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and join us!

  • April - April 15, 2024, 5PM Pacific | 6PM Mountain | 7PM Central | 8PM Eastern
    • Post-Pandemic Experiences: How Have You and Your Students Changed?

Use this Standard Zoom link for all sessions in Spring 2024 to attend!

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 are doing great work in geoscience education. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. See the information page for more details about the award.

Nominate an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member

2024 NAGT Pacific Northwest Section Conference

June 17-19, 2024, at Yakima Valley College in Yakima, WA

Join us in sunny Yakima, WA, to meet colleagues from around the Pacific Northwest, share teaching techniques, and explore the amazing geology of the eastern slopes of the Cascades! Our annual PNW-NAGT meeting will be held in Yakima, WA, this year, from June 17-19, 2024. Presentations and the business meeting will take place on June 17 on the Yakima Valley College campus, followed by dinner with keynote (and time to look at the exhibits) at the Yakima Valley Museum. This will be followed by two days of trips to experience the regional geology. On June 18 we will venture into fluvial sediments and fossils north of Ellensburg, toward Wenatchee. On June 19, we'll work our way along US 12 where we will see igneous and volcaniclastic rocks from multiple episodes of volcanism in the Cascades, glacial valleys, mass wasting, and much more. Estimated registration fee $150-$200 for all three days (includes field trip transportation, lunch each day, one dinner with keynote speaker). The registration link and more details will be available soon on the NAGT-PNW Section web page.

If you would like to present a talk, workshop, or poster about any current research, Pacific Northwest Geology, or teaching practices, please submit your abstract using the link below. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts as well! If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the planning committee Suki Smaglik Zach Schierl, and Katharine Solada.

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024

Submit an Abstract

Rocky Mountain Section

Call for Officer Nominees and State Representation in the New NAGT Rocky Mountain Section

If you are looking for opportunities to gain some leadership skills and build your professional network, the newly formed Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) of NAGT will have openings for President and Vice-President this upcoming year. For more information, contact interim RMS leaders Mary Kosloski and Emily Ward.

RMS is also looking for volunteers to serve as state representatives from Colorado, Montana, western Nebraska, western North Dakota, New Mexico, western South Dakota, western Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Alberta, and Northwest Territories. The primary role of state representatives is to help advertise the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards (OEST) in your networks as well as nominate and/or assist in the selection of OEST state winners. For more information, contact OEST chair of the Rocky Mountain Section: Cheryl Manning

Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division

Call for Nominations for GER Early Career, Collaboration & Growth, and Transformation Awards

The nomination process is now open! These awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to the development of and capacity for geoscience education research, including non-GER colleagues (e.g., geophysicists, educational psychologists, education researchers, etc.) who have infused the GER community with new ideas.

GER Award Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2024 (The deadline is the same for all three awards.)

GER Award Nominations

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.

Nominate Yourself or Your Colleagues for an NAGT Committee

Help to guide the work of the organization: NAGT committees are seeking new members. For more information about each committee and to nominate yourself or a colleague, please visit NAGT's Get Involved in NAGT Leadership web page. The following committees are seeking new members:

Nominate Yourself or a Colleague Now!

From Our Members

Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research & Education

The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research & Education honors a paleontologist who exhibits excellence in original scientific research as well as in education and outreach at the K-12 levels.

Nominations must include a nominating paragraph and CV or resume for the candidate. Nominations can be submitted via email to Dr. Andrew Farke, Director.

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024

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The Hydrologic Cycle is coming to Kickstarter!hydro gameboard

Central Michigan University Press launched the new edition of Hydrologic Cycle on Kickstarter March 26th. The Updated art and graphics, expansion packs, classroom sets, and curriculum guides for K-12 and university level classrooms will be offered to supporters. Hydrologic Cycle, a fast-paced 1v1 or 2v2 area control game where players compete for control of the global water cycle. Featured in vol. 70, issue 2 of the Journal of Geoscience Education (Robertson, 2022), the game teaches students about the availability and movement of water through the global hydrologic cycle. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 8:13AM MDT.

Environmental Studies Capstone Survey

Do you teach in an interdisciplinary environmental program at an institution for higher education? If so, we would greatly appreciate it if you would share information about your program with us by completing THIS SURVEY.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies and Science (ESS) programs, Capstone and other culminating experiences are an important way for students to bring together diverse knowledge and skills. And yet, many of us teaching in ESS programs struggle to clearly define the objectives of such experiences and to design these experiences effectively given scarce and inconsistent resources. The purpose of this research study is to examine the range of "Capstone" models, learning objectives, resource availability, and perceived outcomes. By critically examining the connection between these variables, we hope to identify how objectives can be achieved given particular resource constraints to help ESS instructors develop informed and effective Capstone models. This survey was piloted at the 2023 Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference, and we have IRB approval through Binghamton University (IRB ID: STUDY00004682).

The more responses we can gather the better, so please help us by sharing this survey link with colleagues within and outside your institution. Survey image 200 x 300 px.jpg

Thanks for considering,
Chelsea Peters, Roanoke College
Valerie Rountree, University of Redlands
Nirav Patel, Binghamton University, SUNY
Derek Larson, The College of St. Benedict & St. John's University

Complete the Survey
By June 1, 2024

Career Hub

DBER PostDoc at Auburn University

Two year post-doctoral position with The Inclusive Design for Enhancing Active Learning in STEM (IDEALS) program. IDEALS aims to develop, implement, evaluate, test, and refine faculty professional development, which pairs inclusive teaching strategies with active learning in undergraduate STEM courses.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science for Oxford College of Emory University

Oxford College, a two-year liberal arts college within Emory University, located 36 miles east of Atlanta, GA invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Environmental Science beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will teach two introductory lecture courses and their accompanying laboratories each semester, or their equivalent, including Introduction to Environmental Studies, and additional introductory courses in the candidate's areas of expertise, such as Social Science and Policy, Environment and Health, Ecology and Conservation, or Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

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