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In This Issue
- Looking Ahead to the 2019 Earth Educators' Rendezvous
- Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipients
- Nominations Welcome for the Geo2YC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award
- Seeking Nominations for NAGT Awards
- New AGU Education Section and Email Newsletter
- EDDIE Webinar Series Begins: Developing and Implementing EDDIE Teaching Modules Using High-frequency Datasets to Address Scientific Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Skills on January 15
- "Entering the Community of Practice: Learning (Acceptable) Behaviors in the Field" UFERN Webinar on January 24
- The InTeGrate Webinar Series Continues
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students Workshop: April 10-12, 2019
- 21st Annual Early Career Workshop: July 22-26, 2019, with optional visit to NSF on July 27
- EDDIE Webinar: Developing and Implementing EDDIE Teaching Modules Using High-frequency Datasets to Address Scientific Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Skills Registration Deadline is January 13
- Next Traveling Workshops Program Deadline is January 15
- Applications for the AGI Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award For Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching due January 18
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students Workshop Application Deadline is January 28
- Nominations for AAPG Foundation Teacher of the Year Award due February 1
- AGI Seeking Nominations for Officers and Awards by February 1
- Applications for NAGT Scholarships for Field Study Deadline is February 14
- Workshop for Early Career Faculty Application Deadline is March 24
1. Looking Ahead to the 2019 Earth Educators' Rendezvous
Early bird registration for the conference will open soon-you can now sign up to receive updates on registration as well as other deadlines, developments in the program, featured speakers, and more.
We're also currently planning future Rendezvous. If you're interested in hosting, please submit your interest here.
2. Congratulations to the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipients
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 one year of 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 as editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The graduate student awards are funded by NAGT. This year's January award recipients are:
- Brian Duggan, University of South Carolina
- Jiajun (Dylan) Jiang, Baylor University
- Diane Lally, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- Monica Resto, Mercer University
- Spencer Rhodes, North Carolina State University
The next deadline to submit a nomination for this award is June 15.
3. Nominations Welcome for the Geo2YC Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award
Adjunct faculty are a key component to the Geo2YC community-they bring enthusiasm for teaching, professional experience, and creative approaches to improving student success to our classrooms. NAGT's Geo2YC Division created an award to celebrate these colleagues for their efforts to enhance geoscience education.
Each year, the Geo2YC division recognizes adjunct faculty for their outstanding contributions to geoscience teaching at their 2-year institution. These individuals are highlighted in the Division's Foundations newsletter (in March, June, and September) and are provided a complimentary one-year membership to NAGT and the Geo2YC division. In addition, in December, one of the year's nominees is selected as the National Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award recipient. This person will be recognized at the annual Geological Society of America meeting, and will receive a $750 stipend from Pearson Publishing to use toward professional development.
Nomination is open to everyone, and self-nomination is also encouraged. Please read through the OAFA informational website and nominate your choice on the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award using this nomination form. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, and an awardee will be chosen each quarter.
4. Seeking Nominations for NAGT Awards
NAGT's 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. Some sections also recognize state winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award. The selection of award winners is conducted at the Section level and each Section sets its own deadline for nomination. A listing of the deadlines and contact people for each Section is listed on the award website. The earliest Section deadlines are February 1 for the Eastern Section and March 31 for the Pacific Northwest Section, with other sections following until the middle of May. Check out your Section's deadline and submit your nominations via the website.
The Neil Miner Award is presented each year by NAGT to an individual for exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth sciences. Nominations, including a letter of nomination and letters of support, are due April 1.
The James H. Shea Award is presented each year by NAGT 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. Nominations, including a letter describing the nominee's writing and/or editing contributions and the reasons why the contributions should be judged as exceptional, are due April 1.
In honor of Dottie Stout's outstanding work and lifelong dedication to Earth science education, NAGT awards Dorothy Lalonde Stout Professional Development Grants that support Earth science professional development in three categories: Community College Faculty, Community College Student, and K-12 Educator. The deadline for applications, which include a proposal describing how applicants will use the award to support their professional growth, is April 15.
The Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals who have provided long, distinguished service to NAGT at the national and/or section level. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.
5. New AGU Education Section and Email Newsletter
In August 2018, AGU launched a new Education Section, which aims to "help to catalyze and shape Earth and space science education activities, develop a diverse talent pool, improve global scientific literacy, and increase access to scholarship and collaboration." The Section is now excited to announce the roll out of a new newsletter, which will begin in February, through the AGU Connect Community for Education Section. In order to receive the newsletter and updates (and to support the section), please make sure to indicate the Education Section as your primary or secondary affiliation with your AGU membership. Read more about the Education Section on the AGU website.
1. EDDIE Webinar Series Begins: Developing and Implementing EDDIE Teaching Modules Using High-frequency Datasets to Address Scientific Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Skills on January 15
The newly NAGT-sponsored EDDIE: Earth and Ecosystems project is offering a series of webinars that focus on using large environmental data sets to engage students in scientific inquiry and strengthen their quantitative skills. Join the first EDDIE webinar of 2019! Nick Bader (Whitman College) will talk about his experiences with developing and using his EDDIE Stream Discharge Module that utilizes student collected data. He will also discuss his experience and tips when implementing modules (e.g., Soil Respiration) designed by other authors. Finally, Nick will compare modules designed using student collected data or pre-existing data. Register for this webinar by January 13.
2. "Entering the Community of Practice: Learning (Acceptable) Behaviors in the Field" UFERN Webinar on January 24
Part of the Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network (UFERN) webinar series on 21st-century field education, David Mogk will present the January 24 webinar entitled: "Entering the Community of Practice: Learning (Acceptable) Behaviors in the Field." The webinar will "explore how embodiment, effective pedagogy and mentorship can prepare the future field-based science workforce using the geosciences as a lens and focus. Dr. Mogk will present resources available at the Science Education Resource Center website that are useful for exploring this focus." Dave is the 2018 Bob Christman award recipient, recognized for his accomplishments in the Geoscience Teaching community, including serving as one of the founding PIs for the On the Cutting Edge program. Learn more about and register for the webinar.
3. The InTeGrate Webinar Series Continues
The InTeGrate project runs an approximately bi-weekly webinar series during the academic year. These webinars focus on topics related to using InTeGrate materials or conducting programming to forward the main InTeGrate themes. In Winter/Spring 2019, the focus will be on supporting interdisciplinary earth, environment, and sustainability courses and programs. Webinars in the series will address many of the challenges faced by these interdisciplinary programs related to students, faculty, curricula, institutions, and communities. Leading an InTeGrate webinar offers presenters the unique opportunity to promote teaching materials and pedagogies, prominently share resources and ideas with peers, and increase involvement in InTeGrate's growing community of educators. Leading a webinar is also an excellent way to create an online-accessible, professional-quality resource related to your teaching practice that you can easily add to your portfolio or share as a representation of your pedagogy and/or work.
Also, the InTeGrate project welcomes ideas for new webinars in Winter/Spring 2019, but space is limited, so don't delay if you have a webinar idea you wish to propose. Please use this form to share your suggestions for InTeGrate webinars. You may propose a topic, suggest a presenter, or express your interest in leading a webinar.
4. InTeGrate Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students, April 10-12
This workshop will focus on supporting the success of all students, including addressing the diversity of your program's student body, evaluating and strengthening your program design, and incorporating inclusive and equitable teaching practices. Based on changing demographics, we can no longer rely on the same methods of attracting and nurturing students, as there will be fewer of the demographic groups the sciences have traditionally drawn from. Additionally, our science and society need diverse geoscientists, and our professional ethics demand equitable educational opportunities for all. Earth and environmental science programs need to appeal to a more diverse population to remain a thriving and relevant community poised to meet the needs of our society.
This workshop is designed to bring together faculty who teach in the Earth and environmental sciences to explore best practices for strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in their courses and programs. It emphasizes understanding your current students and community, recognizing barriers to and opportunities for inclusion, developing strategies to support all students, helping them thrive in their education, and launching them onto the next phase of their life or career. The workshop offers best practices in attracting, engaging, and supporting students, and under-represented minorities (URMs) in particular, in diverse educational settings. Workshop sessions will involve activities focused on strategic analysis and planning, program design and instructional strategies coupled with opportunities to learn about relevant research and experience. Participants will assess where they and their programs are now, and plan actions to be implemented on immediate to longer-term timescales.
As part of this workshop, participants will:
- Discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they strengthen Earth and environmental sciences
- Recognize barriers to and opportunities for inclusion
- Explore strategies and practices that attract students, cultivate their science identities, help them to thrive in college and beyond
- Apply a framework of engagement, capacity, and continuity to program evaluation and design
- Develop an action plan with strategies to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at the course and program levels
- Enable networking, sharing, and collaboration within the Earth education community to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion
See the workshop website for more information and visit the the workshop overview web page to read more about the format, expectations, application process, and selection criteria of this workshop. Applications for the workshop are due Monday, January 28.
5. 21st Annual Early Career Workshop, July 22-26
The upcoming year marks the 20th anniversary of the Early Career Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career, which will take place July 22-26 (with optional trip to NSF on Friday, July 27) at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Offered annually by the NAGT On the Cutting Edge professional development program for geoscience faculty with support from the National Science Foundation, Geological Society of America and American Geophysical Union, the Early Career Workshop is designed for those in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position.
Applications are due by March 24.
Past participants give high praise for this workshop:
"I've gained so much in terms of both concrete things to implement (lesson activities, strategic planning tools, etc.) and a holistic appreciation for this career. I can totally do this, and this workshop instilled that confidence."
"The Early Career Workshop was absolutely life-changing. Following the guidelines and great advice that I got from the Early Career Workshop has resulted in grant funding, a successful publication record, wonderful teaching evaluations, and tenure."
"The workshop totally changed my view of teaching from teacher-oriented to student-oriented. It's no more what I want to teach but what students need to learn or take away from the course. This is the essential point that I will keep in mind when I design course goals, syllabi, in-class activities, assignments, and exams."
1. EDDIE Webinar: Developing and Implementing EDDIE Teaching Modules Using High-frequency Datasets to Address Scientific Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning Skills Registration Deadline is January 13
2. Next Traveling Workshops Program Deadline is January 15
The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs as well as supporting the success of all students.
Application deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year:
- January 15, 2019 (for Summer 2019 Workshops)
- March 15, 2019 (for Fall 2019 Workshops)
- October 15, 2019 (for Spring 2020 Workshops)
3. Applications for the AGI Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award For Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching due January 18
This award is given annually to an elementary or middle school teacher who has demonstrated his or her ability to teach exemplary Earth science lessons. The award, given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a longtime champion of Earth science education, consists of a $2500 prize for the winning teacher and a grant of up to $1000 to enable the recipient to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference to accept the award. The winning teacher and his or her school will each receive a plaque of recognition. Applications for the 2019 competition must be submitted by January 18. To learn more and apply go to https://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy or watch this free two-minute webcast for an overview of the competition.
4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Supporting the Success of All Students Workshop Application Deadline is January 28
5. Nominations for AAPG Foundation Teacher of the Year Award due February 1
'The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation Teacher of the Year award is part of AAPG Foundation's Excellence in Teaching Awards program. The TOTY award is funded and given annually by the AAPG Foundation to a deserving K-12 Earth science teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. The award includes a commemorative plaque, an expense paid trip to the next AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition in San Antonio, and a $6,000 monetary award. The deadline for this application cycle is Feb. 1, 2019.
6. AGI Seeking Nominations for Officers and Awards by February 1
AGI (American Geosciences Institute), of which NAGT is a member society, is seeking nominations for AGI officers and awards for the 2019 nominations cycle. AGI had its first Call for 2019 Nominations at the Member Society Council meeting in Salt Lake City. AGI is looking to expand its pool of candidates for AGI officers and awards for the 2019 nominations cycle. The strength of the Federation is dependent on having participation from Member Societies in the form of nominations from within their membership to serve on AGI's Executive Committee or receive AGI awards. More information about submitting nominations for officers and awards prior to the February 1, 2019 deadline is available here.
7. Applications for NAGT Scholarships for Field Study Deadline is February 14
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. 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.
8. Workshop for Early Career Faculty Application Deadline is March 24Read more about this workshop above or on the workshop website. Applications are due March 24, 2019.
- Save the Date for the 2019 Eastern Section Meeting in Martinsburg, West Virginia, hosted by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on Thursday to Saturday, June 6-8 2019.
Geoscience Education Research Division
- Did you miss the GER methods and theoretical frameworks session at GSA 2018? Just want to check out some of the notes? Many of the presentations have been graciously shared by the authors.
- The nomination period for the two GER awards has opened! Do you know of someone who deserves the Collaboration Award or Transformation Award?
- Are you interested in taking a leadership role in GER and want to learn more? This year, the GER division will be seeking nominations for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Graduate Student Liaison. If you are interested in one of these positions, please reach out to the person currently in that position with questions. The Graduate Student Liaison is a new position; please reach out to current President Katherine Ryker with questions about that position.
- Deadlines for future Foundations issues:
- Friday, March 2
- Submit your stories, experiences, experiments, photos, awards, etc. to the editor email@example.com any time prior to each deadline.