Mark your calendar and save the date for the tenth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous! 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.
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
Outstanding Earth Science Teacher (OEST) Awards
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/province winners. Individuals may apply themselves or nominate a colleague for the award.
Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) Awards
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
Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards
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 as editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The graduate student awards are funded by NAGT.
Nomination Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2024
GSA - Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award
The Geological Society of America - Geoscience Education Division asks you to consider nominating your colleagues for the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award, which recognizes innovative and effective teaching in college-level earth science.
Earth Science instructors and faculty members from any academic institution engaged in undergraduate education who have been teaching full time for 10 years or fewer are eligible (part-time teaching is not counted in the 10-years-or-fewer requirement).
Peer- and self-nominations are accepted for this award.
Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024
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.
Do you enjoy making connections across the geoscience education community? Are you interested in learning about and sharing timely information and resources with the NAGT community and beyond? Do you make a point of staying connected to geoscience education through social media? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be a good fit for the NAGT Media Editor.
The Social Media Editor would be involved with creating this NAGT monthly newsletter, which serves as a means to inform our members about relevant events and activities within and beyond the organization. In addition, the Editor would have the opportunity to expand our impact and reach in social media through NAGT's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter/X accounts.
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.
Serve 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 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
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:
- Professional Development:
- Award Committees:
- Grant and Scholarships Committees:
- Management Committees:
GSA - Upcoming Section Meetings
May 15 - 17, 2024, at 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
Early Registration Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2024
Cancelation Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024
April 15 - 16, 2024, at Asheville, NC
- 501. Classrooms, Careers, & Communities: Maximizing Your TA Experience
- 502. Fluorescent Dye Tracing: Putting Principles into Practice
Early Registration Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2024
Cancelation Deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2024
2024 Geoscience Field Camps: Scholarships & Offerings
Field Study Scholarships for Students Offered by NAGT and AWG
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 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.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Summer 2024 Geoscience Field Camp Offerings
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 students who may be interested in participating in these programs.
EarthScope Graduate and Undergraduate Student Internship Opportunities for Summer 2024
EarthScope Consortium has multiple internships available for undergraduate and graduate students in the summer of 2024, which range from research opportunities to career skill development in science education, data processing, and field work.
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2024
EarthScope Student Career Internship (6 positions; grad/undergrad)
RESESS Internship - Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (undergrad)
Geo-Launchpad Internship - Opportunity for community college students from Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico
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, 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: Friday, March 15, 2024
Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards
The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their work as teaching assistants. Up to 30 awards are given annually.
NAGT Congratulates the 2024 January Award Recipients!
- Mac Beers, Boise State University
- Reid Buskirk, Texas A&M University
- Zack DeLuca, University of Montana
- Josh Ford, Baylor University
- Eric Hiatt, The University of Texas at Austin
- Samantha Khatri, University of Georgia
- Chris Long, University of South Carolina
- Shannon Powers, University of South Carolina
- Jacklyn Reiszel, CUNY, College of Staten Island
- Hem Sharma, Indiana University, Indianapolis
- Sinjini Sinha, The University of Texas at Austin
- Travis Stone, The University of Texas at Austin
- Dirk van de Laar, Texas A&M University
- Meret Vogler, University of Zurich
NAGT Community Kudos
Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with the NAGT community? Submit it to NAGT's Community Kudos!
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 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. Read more about the workshop goals and expectations.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
- The workshop will be held online via Zoom
- Cost: $120 for NAGT Members and $175 for non-members
July 15-19, 2024, in Philadelphia, PA
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.
For more information and registration, visit the EER 2024 website.
Save the Date: Online Course Design Workshop
Wednesday, May 15, 22, and 29
Are you developing a new course or revising a course you have taught before? This highly interactive synchronous online workshop will help you use backwards design to generate assessments and instructional activities that meet both content and skills-based objectives. The workshop program will include 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.
More information and registration are coming soon!
February 22, 2024, 1:00PM Pacific | 2:00PM Mountain | 3:00PM Central | 4:00PM Eastern (1 hour)
Dive into the future of geoscience education with our interactive webinar, "Geoscience Teaching & Learning in the Time of AI." Work with AI techniques aimed at boosting student engagement, deepening understanding, and unleashing creativity in your classroom.
We'll explore practical tools and strategies to get started, even if you're new to AI. Through a brief theoretical introduction and a compelling rationale for AI integration, you'll gain a clear vision of its potential in your classroom.
Then, get ready to roll up your sleeves! In our hands-on breakout sessions, you'll tackle three engaging challenges:
- Master the art of prompt engineering: Learn how to craft powerful prompts to generate instructional ideas that will guide students toward deeper exploration.
- Become a rubric architect: Use AI to design effective rubrics that provide students with clear assignment details and expectations.
- Students like Kahoot? Try Curipod! Generate effective formative assessments through gamification and other techniques using Curipod, which provides individualized feedback.
Leave this webinar with a compiled and crowdsourced AI resource document that will empower you to further explore the capabilities of the exciting world of AI-enabled geoscience education.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
June 2-6, 2024, in the Denver area
This workshop will gather Earth science instructors to develop co-curricular modules to support undergraduate majors-level quantitative skill development and plan for their testing in 2024-25 academic year.
The aim of this workshop is to develop quantitative skills modules to support majors-level Earth science courses. Quantitatively skilled Earth science graduates are critical to meeting the needs of the workforce and the country. This workshop, June 2-6 in the Denver area, will gather Earth science instructors to develop co-curricular modules to support undergraduate majors-level quantitative skill development and plan for their testing in 2024-25 academic year. Participants will have reasonable travel costs reimbursed and receive $2000 in stipends upon the completion and acceptance of their module and the successful implementation of one or more modules in their courses.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024
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
Part 1: June 25 & 27, 2024 / Part 2: July 8-12, 2024 | 9:00AM Pacific | 10:00AM Mountain | 11:00AM Central | 12:00PM Eastern (4 hours)
Come learn about NSF grant opportunities for 2YC institutions and receive step-by-step assistance through the process of developing and writing a NSF proposal in a two-part virtual workshop this summer.
Part 1 focuses on the initial phase of the proposal development process with background on NSF programs, examples by 2YC grant recipients, and an opportunity to identify potential project collaborators.
Part 2 takes participants through the actual process of proposal development, including time for writing, reflection, feedback, and discussion, ending in a rough draft of a grant application.
The workshop will provide a space for 2YC faculty to build a community of peer collaborators for single and multi-institutional grants, conference proposals, and planning grants. Post-workshop activities include mentoring, writing consultations, and webinars to assist in finalizing their proposal and submitting it to NSF.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 1st, 2024
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: Monday, March 15, 2024
Can't make the March 15 deadline? Don't worry - there are two more deadlines this year!
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!
- Monday, February 12 - Love/Hate Relationships with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5:00PM Pacific | 6:00PM Mountain | 7:00PM Central | 8:00PM Eastern
- March - Date TBD - Out on the Rocks: Sharing Ideas for Field Geology (Including Urban Environments)
- April - Date TBD - Post-Pandemic Experiences: How Have You and Your Students Changed?
Use this Standard Zoom link for all sessions in Spring 2024 to attend!
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.
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.
August 25 - 31, 2024, at Busan, South Korea
There are multiple Geoscience Education sessions, including; Teaching Paleosciences, Exploring Geoscience Across the Globe, Geoscience Education & Outreach For All, International Perspectives for Natural Disaster Education, and International Perspectives on Earth Science Education! General topics are also accepted (Session 9). For more information on the technical session descriptions, visit the IGC Scientific Program webpage.
In addition, GSA has travel funding available for early-career scholars and graduate students!
Abstract Deadline: February 16, 2024
For questions, please reach out to Sharon Locke.
Participate in a Dissertation Study Focusing on Geoscience Educators' Efforts to Interrogate Whiteness Within Undergraduate Curricula
NAGT member, James Hobbs, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington, is conducting research on interrogating whiteness in the geoscience curriculum. Your expertise as an educator is crucial to the work we do in geoscience education.
James is seeking 6-8 geoscience educators to participate in two 45-60-minute online interviews and share relevant course materials and experiences. The study's goal is to promote diversity and inclusivity in geoscience education, acknowledging the societal context and the role of faculty as change agents. By joining this study, you'll contribute to the ongoing dialogue on anti-racist practices and diversity in geoscience education.
If you are interested or have further questions, please email James Hobbs at email@example.com.
The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Geophysics, beginning August 2024. Boise State University seeks a motivated scientist and educator with skills and expertise in Geodynamics, preferably with an emphasis in Geodesy and/or Seismology, to complement current areas of excellence and to take their program in new directions.
The Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX) is looking for undergraduate student researchers interested in helping us find the oldest ice in Antarctica.
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) seeks an enthusiastic individual looking to gain experience with outreach, environmental education, and public-speaking for the 2024 program season (early May through mid-August). The Great Lakes Education Intern delivers educational programming aboard traditionally rigged schooners and shoreside for people of all ages.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS) is seeking a Research Associate to participate in a two-year DOE-funded project on education, outreach, and Native-American engagement surrounding Carbon Management.
RESESS PAID Internship Program at EarthScope (Earth Science, Geophysics, Seismology, Geodesy, Undergraduate Research)
The RESESS internship program aims to offer students genuine research exposure, professional development, and insight into geoscience careers, focusing on geophysics.
- Small rural school needs a classroom rock and mineral collection
- Science Department Head/Earth Science Teacher
- Deformation Microstructures
- Precambrian chert. Stromatolites