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NAGT Celebrates Black History Month

The month of February marks Black History Month in the United States and Canada as well as other parts of the world. We would like to acknowledge and celebrate all of the Black researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in our NAGT community, the broader geoscience community, and beyond.

Nominate yourself or a colleague for an NAGT leadership position

Nominations are now open for leadership positions within NAGT. Each year, NAGT seeks to fill three important positions: a 2nd Vice President as a member of the Presidential line, and two new councilors-at-large. All of these roles serve three-year terms on the 11-member Executive Committee. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominees must be members of NAGT. Our open nomination process is designed to foster broad participation in NAGT's leadership and programming. Nominations are due March 1, 2021.

New Issue of Journal of Geoscience Education

The February issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education (Volume 69, Issue 1) is now available. To access the journal through your membership, go to the NAGT Member Login and click on Journal Access. Want to receive alerts when new articles and issues are available online? Visit the JGE website and click on "New content alerts." Sign in with your email (or register for free if you don't have an account with Taylor & Francis) and you'll be the first to know!


Geoscience Field Camps: Find or contribute a course

In an effort to help faculty and students find options for Summer 2021 offerings, we are 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. Please share this list with students who may be interested in participating in these programs.

Are you a field camp director with space for additional enrollment in your summer 2021 course? We invite you to add your program to the list.


Registration for the 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous July 12-16, 2021, Online


Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.


New issue of In The Trenches is out now


The latest edition of NAGT's member-exclusive news magazine, In the Trenches, is now available to read online. This issue includes three articles focused on inspirational experiences for students and celebrates the eight recipients of NAGT's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for January 2021.

Read it now!


Nominate yourself or your colleagues for NAGT awards!

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any teacher or other K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of earth science content with their students is eligible. Ten national finalists are selected, one from each NAGT regional section. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award. Nominations due March 31.

Learn more and nominate


Jim Shea Award for contributions to Earth science writing


The NAGT presents the James H. Shea Award annually to an individual for exceptional contributions in the form of writing and/or editing of Earth science materials (broadly construed) that are of interest to the general public and/or teachers of Earth science. This award was established in 1991 in honor of James H. Shea, long-time editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education and commemorates his long-standing commitment to promoting high quality geoscience education by publishing the best ideas for effective and innovative teaching. Nominations due April 15.

Learn more and nominate

Neil Miner Award for excellence and effective teaching

Each year, the NAGT presents the Neil Miner Award to an individual for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences. The Award, presented each year since 1953, commemorates Neil Miner's concern for personal excellence and effective teaching. Nominations due April 15.

Learn more and nominate

Apply for a Traveling Workshop to help with strategic planning

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 host a Fall 2021 workshop by March 15, 2021.


The AGU Education Section is proud to announce the Dorothy LaLonde Stout Lecture, a new named lecture and award for 2021!


This award is named for Dorothy LaLonde Stout to recognize her extraordinary life-long contributions to Earth science education. She was a dedicated parent, revered educator, exemplary leader, and respected scientist, and her contributions to the geoscience education community were wide and varied. Scheduled to be presented for the first time at the 2021 AGU Fall Meeting, The Dorothy LaLonde Stout Lecture recognizes an individual or team with outstanding contributions in the area of Earth and/or space science pre-K through 16+ education and/or public outreach. The honored individual or the leader of the honored team will be within 10 years of receiving his/her/their Ph.D. or highest equivalent terminal degree. Nominations are due April 15.

Learn more and nominate

Have your photography featured in NAGTNews!

NAGT is seeking fresh photography featuring the most important aspect of the NAGT community: you, our members! We invite you to submit photos of you, your colleagues, and your students (with their permission; please click the link below for photography requirements) in the classroom, the lab, the field, or wherever you work! Submissions may be used in future NAGT online or print marketing materials (like NAGTNews).

Submit a photo

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

CLEAN Webinar: Teaching about Climate and Energy with CLEAN - February 16, 2021

6:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm PT
Register for the webinar

NAGT Webinar: Getting Started with NASA Data: Mapping Hazards from Space - February 23, 2021

10 am PT | 11 am MT | 12 pm CT | 1 pm ET
Register by February 21, 2021

CLEAN Webinar: It's Us: Humans as agents of change within Earth's climate system - February 24, 2021

6:30 pm ET | 5:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm MT | 3:30 pm PT 
Register for the webinar

GETSI Mini Short Course: Teaching about Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks - February 24, 2021

8-10 am PT | 9-11 am MT | 10 am-12pm CT | 11 am-1 pm ET | 4-6 pm UTC 
Register by February 22, 2021

Project EDDIE Webinar: Improving Statistical Skills Through Storytelling - March 3, 2021

11:00am PT | 12:00pm MT | 1:00pm CT | 2:00pm ET 
Register by March 1, 2021

NAGT Webinar: Graduate student onboarding courses: Exposing the hidden curriculum to help your students succeed - March 30, 2021

12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET 
Register by March 28, 2021

The 7th Annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous will be held online July 12-16, 2021

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the seventh annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous, taking place online from July 12-16, 2021! NAGT members receive $100 off registration.

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop - July 25-29, 2021 (Online)

The Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career will be held online July 25-29, 2021, (with an optional visit to NSF - date TBA). This annual workshop is designed for those in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. The workshop is part the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by NAGT, and a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education and other contributing sponsors. Apply to attend the Early Career Workshop by March 26, 2021.

Section and Division Highlights

Geoscience Education Research (GER) Division

Nominate a colleague for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Award

Nominations for the GER Transformation and Collaborations Awards are 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. Find out more about both awards and make your nominations by June 15, 2021!

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.

For Students

Field Study Scholarships Offered by NAGT and AWG: Apply by February 14

Each year, NAGT makes several $750 in 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 focus 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.

Learn more and apply

Prospective graduate students invited to apply for AGU's Bridge Program


The AGU Bridge Program, part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, is an effort to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and advancing women and historically underrepresented students in geoscience graduate programs. The AGU Bridge program provides students, who have not previously applied, or have applied but were unsuccessful, an alternative pathway to graduate school admission by giving them access to a common application system.

Submitted applications will be circulated to AGU Bridge Partners, who have committed to increasing diversity in their departments. For questions about the program or the student application process, contact: bridge@agu.org. The student application can be accessed by visiting the Interested Students section of the AGU Bridge Program website. Apply by March 31, 2021.

An earlier version of this news item had the due date for applications incorrectly listed as April 15, 2021. The date has been changed to reflect the correct due date of March 31, 2021.

From Our Members

Call for nominations for the 2021 AWG Outstanding Educator Award

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The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) is seeking Established in 1988, the premier professional award of the Association for Women Geoscientists acknowledges the role of teachers and mentors in every woman geoscientist's life story. The Outstanding Educator Award honors well-established women college or university teachers who have played a significant role in the education and support of geoscientists within and beyond the classroom, in advancing the persistence of females and underrepresented minorities in geoscience careers, and in raising the profile of the geosciences by teaching to and for the broadest audience of students. Learn more about the nomination process. Nominations due April 1, 2021.


Join NAGT in supporting the US Action for Climate Empowerment National Plan


On January 20, 2021 President Biden signed an executive order for the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. A recent effort that has direct bearing on our reentry is the US Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) National Plan framework. Under the original UNFCCC treaty and again in the Paris Agreement there appears an aspirational goal know as Action for Climate Empowerment or ACE. Information about this effort can be found at https://aceframework.us/. An ACE national plan is a plan for climate education, training, and public engagement put together by signatories to the UNFCCC and Paris Accords. The US ACE National Plan Framework was an effort by a large, diverse group of educators, groups including the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, agencies, tribes, etc. aimed at creating a framework that would be presented to the new administration to encourage the development of an official national plan in time for 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

The results of this effort are now online and ready to be presented to the Biden administration. We invite you to add your name to the list of supporters, and encourage your home organizations to do the same.

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Career Hub

Teaching Assistant Professor - The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University

Lectureship in Earth Sciences, Indiana University

Visiting position - Assistant Professor, Sedimentary Geology, Colorado College

Need help getting the word out about your position opening, event, or field trip? Submit an opportunity to the NAGT Career Hub!

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