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News and Announcements

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Submit your Rendezvous Abstract or Working Group Application by Friday, March 15!

Submit an Abstract or 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 your research, teaching ideas, and expertise at this event, which brings together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of Earth education.

Can't make the March 15 deadline, but still want to present? Late submissions for poster abstracts and Share-a-thon presentations are open until May 20 for an additional fee.

Submit an Abstract
By March 15, 2024

Host a Working Group!

Would your group or project benefit from face-to-face meeting time? Conduct your group meeting at Rendezvous and benefit from the added value of networking with other Earth educators, attending topical and pedagogical workshops, and disseminating findings in oral and poster sessions. Each participant in your meeting will receive a $20 per paid day registration discount.

Host a Working Group
By March 15, 2024

LAST CHANCE! Nominate New NAGT Officers

Are you or someone you know interested in getting more involved in NAGT?

NAGT strives for an inclusive and diverse leadership team. Our open nomination process is designed to foster broad participation in our leadership and programming. The Nomination Committee is soliciting nominations from the membership for open positions in the Executive Committee. If you have been involved in NAGT through your Section or Division, serving on a committee, or leading professional development, and you want to do more to help NAGT (or if you know someone else who does), a leadership role at the national level is a great next step! Nominations are open for the following positions:

  • 2nd Vice-President
    A four-year commitment: the 2nd Vice-President transitions to 1st Vice-President, President, and Past President over four years.
  • Councilors-at-Large (2)
    Serve a three-year term.
  • Secretary/Treasure
    Serves a three-year term.

Terms begin at the GSA Annual Meeting in September 2024. Self-nominations are welcome!

To learn more about these roles and to find out if it's a good fit for you, read the NAGT Officer Guidelines (Acrobat (PDF) 71kB Feb6 24).

Questions can be directed to the chair of the nominations committee, Past-President, Christy Visaggi.

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2024

Nominate NAGT Officers

Attention K-12 Teachers: NAGT Wants to Get to Know You Better!nagt_k-12.png-1.png

The NAGT K-12 Committee wants to better engage K-12 teachers. To help with that goal, we created a short survey to get your feedback. The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete.

Take the Survey Now!

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!

Get Your Code Today!

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

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

NAGT at Upcoming GSA Section Meetings

2024 Joint Cordilleran and Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

May 15 - 17, 2024, in Spokane, WA

NAGT Sponsored Short Courses

  • Preparing Your Students for the Jobs They Want
  • Getting the Most Out of Your TA Experience
  • Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Data: Project EDDIE

Early Registration Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2024

Come see us at the booth!

Learn More & Register

2024 Southeastern Section Meeting

April 15 - 16, 2024, in Asheville, NC

NAGT Sponsored Short Courses

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

Learn More & Register

2024 NAGT Pacific Northwest Section Conference

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

Come visit the hop capitol of North America! 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. This will be followed by two days of trips to experience the regional geology. Look for details in future newsletters and emails. Depending upon weather/snowpack and interest, we may offer a three-day camping experience around Mount Rainier following this meeting. If you have ideas or requests, please feel free to reach out to the planning committee, Suki Smaglik, Zach Schierl, and Katharine Solada.

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In The Trenches is a feet-on-the-ground magazine written specifically for and about educators. The January 2024 issue is available now. This month's theme is Planetary Geologic Mapping.

Workshops and Webinars

Teaching with Investigation and Design: An Opportunity to Transform your Introductory Undergraduate Science Classroom Webinar

April 1, 2024, 12:00PM Pacific | 1:00PM Mountain | 2:00PM Central | 3:00PM Eastern (1 hour)

Are you ready to rethink your introductory Earth or physical science course to focus on actively engaging students in investigations and productive discussions? We know that this takes work! In this webinar, we'll introduce you to the Teaching with Investigation and Design in Science (TIDeS) project and the upcoming opportunity to engage in this work with us during our 3-day workshop at the 2024 Earth Educators' Rendezvous (EER). In the webinar, you will learn about the new materials we've developed, tested, and refined, how the use of these materials has impacted student success, and how we'll help you adapt them for your setting at our workshop at the EER.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

Register Today!

Mentoring for Student Success Workshop

April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2024, 12:00PM Pacific | 1:00PM Mountain | 2:00PM Central | 3:00PM Eastern (2 hours)

Do you mentor undergraduate or graduate students in research in the Earth sciences, geoscience education research, or related fields? Are you interested in improving your mentoring skills? This online workshop is designed to equip mentors from diverse backgrounds with the tools and insights to support all students in being successful. We will discuss identity and mentorship, establishing expectations, communication strategies, and developing mentoring networks and development plans. You can expect a highly interactive, synchronous online workshop in which you will get to know and learn from your colleagues and the workshop leaders.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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Traveling through time with the International Ocean Discovery Program: Scientific ocean drilling reveals Earth's past Webinar

April 11, 2024, 1:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Mountain | 3:00 pm Central | 4:00 pm Eastern (1 hour)

Join us as we explore the JOIDES Resolution (JR), a specialized ship conducting scientific research for the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Discover how cores retrieved from the ocean floor serve as invaluable time capsules, unveiling Earth's history, from geology to climate change. Learn how to integrate JR's free resources into your curriculum, engaging students with activities on cores and microfossils. Gain access to classroom materials and core replicas for hands-on learning experiences. Empower your students with data-driven resources for authentic scientific engagement.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Register for This Exciting Webinar!

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

Register Now!

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop

June 23-27, 2024, at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN (with optional virtual visit to NSF on June 28)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 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 faculty position, with priority given to applicants entering their second or third years in their position. Participants must have a 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 teaching or starting a position in the Fall.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Workshop Overview and Application

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.

Abstract and Working Group Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

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

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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!

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Can't make the March 15 deadline? Don't worry - there are two more deadlines this year!

Apply for a Traveling Workshop

For Students

EER Student Participation Stipends

CRESCENT Offers EER Travel Stipends for Graduate Students and Post-Docs

Applications are open for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center (CRESCENT) graduate professional development fellowship program that enables graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to pursue professional development opportunities. Travel money is available to attend conferences, such as the 2024 National Association of Geosciences Teachers (NAGT) Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Philadelphia in mid-July, allowing successful applicants to deeply dive into teaching, research, and other career related workshops.

To be eligible for support, you must be a graduate student or post doc at a US-based institution whose research relates to geology/geophysics and have an interest in geoscience education and broadening participation.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

Apply Today!

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 that 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.

The AGU Bridge Program Student Application Is Open!

AGU-Logo-new.png 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, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian are encouraged to apply.

The AGU Bridge Program offers access to a free graduate school application that is shared with 45+ graduate geoscience departments across the U.S. Interested applicants can learn more and sign up for an office hour event from the AGU Bridge Program website.

Application Deadline extended to: Monday, March 18, 2024

Apply Now!

Section and Division Highlights

Rocky Mountain Section

Call for State Representation in the New NAGT Rocky Mountain Section

The newly formed Rocky Mountain Section (RMS) of NAGT is 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.

If you or someone you know would like to serve in this role, please contact the OEST chair of the Rocky Mountain Section: Cheryl Manning or interim RMS leaders Mary Kosloski and Emily Ward.

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!

  • March - March 19, 2024, 5PM Pacific | 6PM Mountain | 7PM Central | 8PM Eastern
    • Out on the Rocks: Sharing Ideas for Field Geology (Including Urban Environments)
  • 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

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.

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!

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

Learn More!

The Hydrologic Cycle is coming to Kickstarter!hydro gameboard

Central Michigan University Press is excited to announce that the new edition of Hydrologic Cycle is launching on Kickstarter March 26th. 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.

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

NESTA Seeking Executive Director

The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) is seeking a part-time Executive Director to support NESTA and its initiatives. This win-win position is a golden opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills which can be leveraged for career advancement.

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.

In Search of a Geology Instructor (Tenure Track) for Community Colleges of Spokane

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) seeks an instructor who prepares for and instructs transfer-level classes in the discipline of Geology through in-person and online modalities.

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