Happy New Year from NAGT!
We hope your year is off to a great start and look forward to another year of supporting a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth!
Read the 2022 Annual Report
NAGT's 2022 Annual Report is now available! Learn about the organization and what we have been up to over the past year. The Annual Report includes:
- Letters from President Margaret Crowder and Executive Director Anne Egger
- Membership statistics
- Professional development and committee activities
- Summary of awarded student scholarships and internships
- Information about 2022 NAGT publications
- 2022 financial report
- Recognition of our 2022 donors
- What's coming in 2023!
We encourage you to check it out. Download a PDF version of the annual report
Engage in Effective Planning for Change: Apply for a late spring or summer Traveling Workshop by January 15
Is your program or department facing change? Maybe you've brought on new faculty, student demographics have changed, your administration is asking you to reorganize, or you've proposed reorganization yourself. Maybe you are revising your curriculum and want everyone involved. These big changes can be challenging and disruptive, but they can also be transformative and offer opportunities. Our experienced leader teams will work with you to design a workshop that will bring your community together, be strategic, and build an action plan that can succeed.
- Workshops can be held on a campus or at a national or regional event
- Two-, one-and-a-half-, or one-day workshops are possible
- Workshops can be in-person or online
- Workshops are not program reviews, though programs have found them to be helpful in preparing for and responding to such reviews
- Workshops are conducted by two experienced facilitators
- Cost: There is a $5,000 workshop fee, and, for in-person workshops, hosts are responsible for local expenses and the travel of the facilitators
Can't make the January 15 deadline? Don't worry - there are four deadlines per year.
Last chance! Complete the 2-minute Online Professional Development Interest Survey by January 17
We still want to hear from you - tell us about your interest in online professional development opportunities offered through NAGT! NAGT is considering new options for online professional development that would complement our in-person offerings. This survey is an opportunity for the community to provide input on future directions for NAGT's offerings. Please complete the short (~2 min) professional development survey by January 17, 2022, to share your ideas. Feel free to share the link to this survey with others, even if they are not current NAGT members.
NAGT Seeks a New Editor-in-Chief for JGE
Do you enjoy learning about research that is happening across the geoscience education community? Are you interested in broadening access to education research and elevating the work of geoscience education researchers? Do you have high standards and a willingness to support editors and authors in meeting those standards? If you answered yes to these questions, this opportunity may be for you! NAGT is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE), NAGT's premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research, to begin serving in Fall 2023. Learn more about the position and submit your application by May 1, 2023.
Contribute a Photo for NAGT Publications and Social Media
NAGT wants to feature your photos on our website, social media, and publications. We welcome photos that exemplify what it means to be a geoscience educator, researcher, student, or practitioner - whether it's your students at work in the classroom and field, engaging with colleagues in professional development, teaching using evidence-based practices, conducting research - all are welcome. Find guidelines for photos and submit a photo using this form.
Serve our Community: Join 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. While nominations are open all year, nominate by January 16 to have the best chance to participate in this year's awards committees!
- Stimulation of Interest in the Earth Sciences: Neil Miner Award Committee
- Excellence in Earth Science Writing and Editing: James H. Shea Award Committee
- Professional Development Grants: Dorothy Stout Grants Committee
- Scholarships for Field Study Committee
The following committees are also seeking new members:
- Advocacy Committee
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
- Webinar Planning Committee
- Development Committee
Instructors - Contribute your Field Course; Students - Find a 2023 Field Camp
In an effort to help students and faculty find options for Summer 2023 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 2023 course? We invite you to add your program to the list.
Please share the field camp list with students who may be interested in participating in these programs.
Propose an NAGT-sponsored Session or Short Course for GSA 2023
The 2023 Annual Geological Society of America meeting will take place October 15-18, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA, and is now accepting proposals for technical sessions, and/or short courses considering the themes "Diverse Science for a Sustainable Future" or "Climate and Energy Transition." Use the links below to submit a proposal to GSA by February 1.
NAGT is also proud to sponsor a variety of events and sessions at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting each Fall. The GSA Meeting is also where the annual business meetings of the Association take place. If you'd like NAGT to consider sponsoring your proposed session or short course, please complete the request for sponsorship form.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop, which is part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program. 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. 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 more details.
- Date: June 25-29, 2023, with an optional virtual visit to NSF July 10-11
New Location for 2023! Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN
- Apply by March 1
Amy Weislogel Awarded 2022 Eastern Section AAPG Outstanding Educator Award
Congratulations to Amy Weislogel (West Virginia University), NAGT member and chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Committee, who was awarded the 2022 Eastern Section AAPG Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education and training of geologists, including outstanding research, publications, and classroom teaching. Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!
Submit Community Kudos
Date: January 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Registration deadline: January 24, 2023
Hayley Corson-Dosch, USGS
Charlotte Riggs, USGS
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Registration deadline: February 15, 2022
Developing Expertise and Building Collaborations to Advance Atmospheric Science Education Research (ASER) Workshop
This workshop, for the ASER community, will take place from May 22nd - 24th, 2023, in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of the workshop is to build collaborations and increase research expertise among emerging and current atmospheric science education researchers. SoTL scholars, DBER scholars, and newcomers are invited to apply by the January 18 deadline. The workshop will consist of small focus sessions on research topics and new research collaborations among ASER scholars. Workshop events will include dinner with an invited speaker, and time to network and collaborate with atmospheric science educators and education researchers. All travel expenses and meals will be provided for workshop participants. Workshop participants will be asked to complete a series of pre-workshop tasks (~ 3 hours), and we hope that collaborations will continue post-workshop.
2023 Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty
Save the date for the 2023 Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty, happening at Macalester College in the Twin Cities, MN, from June 25-29, 2023! 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. Applications are now open!
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.
The AGU Bridge Program Student Application Is Open!
Are you interested or do you know a student who is interested in attending graduate school in the geosciences? The AGU Bridge Program seeks to recruit and retain students from historically marginalized backgrounds into geoscience graduate programs around the country. We partner with departments who are committed to adopting best practices in admissions and retention of students and are striving to improve the geoscience education experience for all students. Students identifying as Hispanic, Black/African-American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants can apply via the AGU Bridge Program using a single, free application to be considered for graduate school admission by our 45+ partner geoscience departments. The application portal and more information about the Bridge Program can be accessed by visiting the AGU Bridge Program website. The application deadline is 15 March 2023.
Please check out and share out our website link (https://www.agu.org/bridge-program) with any undergraduate students or graduates who may be interested in applying to the AGU Bridge Program, and with colleagues to share this information with their networks. Questions? Reach out to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 EarthScope REU Internship Program (URISE)
Applications are currently being accepted for the recently re-named Undergraduate Research Internships in Seismology (URISE) - Summer 2023! URISE takes the place of the long-running IRIS REU Internship Program.
URISE interns spend 8 to 10 weeks applying their math, physics, and geoscience knowledge to explore Earth processes and its interior. Research projects may involve the deployment of seismic instruments in the field (within the US or internationally), and/or analyses of seismic data in a lab setting with the ultimate goal of producing results to be presented at a national scientific meeting. Interns receive a weekly stipend, support for travel and housing, and full funding to attend the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. See intern projects from 2022 to gain a sense of the possibilities.
We are excited to receive applications from students representing the full spectrum of society, as well as students with lived experiences such as students with disabilities, veterans, and non-traditional students!
To learn more and apply, please visit the IRIS internship website.
Geo-Launchpad: Paid internship for community college students in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming 2023
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 May 22-August 4, 2023, pays a stipend, and provides shared housing and transportation to Boulder, if needed. This program provides community college students with an introduction to research, a reliable source of summer income, geoscience and engineering knowledge and technical work, career path experience, and professional development activities. 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.
- Learn more on the information page and apply by 8 February 2023.
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.
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