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News and Announcements

Renew your NAGT membership for 2023

Join NAGT for our 85th year! Renew your NAGT membership and continue to receive benefits for 2023. Membership in NAGT comes with many benefits, including:

Renew Your Membership!

NAGT Professional Development Community Survey

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 professional development survey by December 16, 2022, to share your ideas. Feel free to share the link to this survey with others, even if they are not current NAGT members.

Take the survey

Support Earth education for all with a donation to NAGT

Help us celebrate NAGT's 85th year with a donation! You can donate at any time and in any amount. Or, participate in one of two upcoming giving holidays.

Minnesota's Give to the Max Day - Did you know that NAGT's executive office is located in Northfield, Minnesota? Support this Minnesota-based nonprofit with a donation on Give to the Max Day - November 17, 2022! Give to the Max Day is Minnesota's annual giving holiday, generating donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans.

GivingTuesday - GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. On November 29, 2022, show your generosity by helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes like NAGT.

Thank you for supporting NAGT!

NAGT at the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of geoscience education sessions and activities planned for the Fall 2022 AGU meeting, held in Chicago, IL and online from December 12-16, 2022. NAGT will also have a booth (#1327) in the exhibit hall where we will be showcasing upcoming workshops, educational resources, and more!

Interested in helping staff the NAGT booth? Volunteering provides a great opportunity to talk about NAGT, meet other geoscience educators, and get to know some of the NAGT staff. Contact Mitchell Bender-Awalt ( if you're interested in volunteering.

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

Submit Article Suggestions to In the Trenches

Are you doing something creative, innovative, or inspiring in your geoscience teaching? In the Trenches (ITT) would like to spread the word! ITT articles are short (2500 words or so) pieces that describe what you're doing and how others can try your techniques. Submit ITT article suggestions and check out the October Issue!

The January 2023 issue of ITT will focus on using art to teach!

Science and Engineering Practices for Online Air Quality Education Webinar and Opportunity for K12 Teachers

Sign up to attend an upcoming webinar organized by the Air and Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) K12 Education Committee to learn how you can teach air quality in your science classes. The webinar will introduce the Air and Waste Management Association, provide general background about air quality and public health, and share the project called, Science and Engineering Practices for Online Air Quality Education.

This project is an opportunity for middle and high school science teachers in the US and Canada to earn a $1,000.00 stipend for preparing, delivering, and providing feedback on a three-part AQ 6-12 lesson. Teachers from public, charter, and private or independent schools who teach environmental science topics in their science classrooms are eligible to apply. We anticipate about 10 hours of work. Middle and high school science teachers in private, public, and charter schools are eligible to participate. Title I middle and high school science teachers are strongly encouraged to submit an application as well as middle and high school science teachers from schools in areas chronically exposed to poor air quality. Register for a webinar.

Webinar dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET (2:00 to 3:00 pm PT)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022 8:00 to 9:00 pm ET (5:00 to 6:00 pm PT)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:00 to 6:00 pm ET (2:00 to 3:00 pm PT)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 8:00 to 9:00 pm ET (5:00 to 6:00 pm PT)

Awards and Recognition

Nominations open for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

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 a one-year membership in NAGT, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and the In The Trenches quarterly online magazine. The next deadline to nominate students is December 15, 2022.

Please consider nominating your top teaching assistants. The process is not cumbersome and means a great deal to the recipients. For any questions, please contact Katherine Ryker (

Workshops and Webinars

NAGT Webinar: Core on shore! A virtual tour of IODP's Gulf Coast Repository

Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine

Date: November 11, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

NGSS Webinar: Evaluating Lessons Using the NSTA Sensemaking Tool

Kate Soriano, NSTA Standards Implementation Specialist

Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Registration deadline: November 15, 2022

Geoscience Careers at Two-Year Colleges

Karen M. Layou, Reynolds Community College
Pete Berquist, Virginia Peninsula Community College
Deron Carter, Linn-Benton Community College
Beth Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus
Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College

Date: December 2, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Registration deadline: November 30, 2022

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Data: Project EDDIE Workshop - AGU

Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2022, In conjunction with the 2022 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting
Time: 12-3pm CT
Online, via Zoom / Register through AGU

NAGT Webinar: Guiding Students to use Data to Support their Scientific Reasoning

Kathleen Browne, Rider University
Andrea Drewes, Rider University
Sage Lichtenwalner, Rutgers University
Gabriela Smalley, Rider University

Date: December 12, 2022
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Registration deadline: December 10, 2022

2023 Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty

Save the date for the 2023 Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty, happening 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!

For Students

Online social for graduate students in GER

Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm PT | 5:00 pm MT | 6:00 pm CT | 7:00 pm ET

This informal night is for grad students who research or study in the area of geoscience education (GER). No learning, no professors, just you and your GER peers getting to know each other. Bring your own snacks and come ready to meet your peers! Find a new friend who shares your interests or come to meet up with old friends! This night is designed to be informal for grad students only and will feature introductions to each other and an introduction to what research in geoscience education looks like.

Hosted by Kristen Foley, Graduate Student Liaison to NAGT-GER. Contact Kristen with any questions at Please share with your students, friends, and colleagues!

Section and Division Highlights

GEO2YC Division

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.

GER Division

Panel: Promotion & Tenure in Academic GER-related Positions

Date: Monday, December 5, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm PT / 1:00-2:30 pm MT / 2:00-3:30 pm CT / 3:00-4:30 pm ET
Zoom Link:

Are you considering a career in academia? Are you a recently hired faculty member? Are you generally interested in learning more about academic GER-related positions?

If you responded "YES" to any of the above questions, please join the NAGT GER Division for a panel discussion to learn more about the Promotion & Tenure ("P&T) process from panelists at different types of institutions across the United States. Panelists include faculty engaged in GER and/or geoscience education at community colleges and research-intensive universities.

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.

Career Hub

Assistant Professor in Environmental & Geospatial Sciences

Assistant or Associate Professor (Environmental and Aquatic Restoration and Sustainability Cluster Hire; multiple positions)

Geology Lab Teaching Specialist - Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Assistant Professor of Structural Geology and/or Petrology, Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Academic Specialist-Teaching, Michigan State University

Program Leader - Urban Earth Science Education, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Geography Professor, College of the Sequoias

Byrd Post Doctoral Scholarship Program, The Ohio State University

Tenure-Track Position in "Soft Rock" Geology - Cornell College

Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science, tenure-track - Bowdoin College

Three Tenure Track Positions, University of Florida

Dr. George S. Benton Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oceanographic & Atmospheric Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

The Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar, Johns Hopkins University

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