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We at NAGT are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our colleague, Thomas Meixner, in a campus shooting at the University of Arizona. Dr. Meixner was an active and longtime NAGT member, a leader in Project EDDIE, and a contributor to and reviewer for Teach the Earth, among his many other roles. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Meixner's family, friends, colleagues, and students.

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News and Announcements

NAGT at GSA 2022

NAGT is pleased to sponsor a variety of sessions, workshops, short courses, and meetings before and during the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Denver, Colorado, from October 9-12, 2022. The NAGT, GSA GED, and CUR Joint Awards Luncheon will be happening in person this year at GSA! We are excited to celebrate awardees and their accomplishments. Award luncheon tickets are available for purchase when registering for GSA.

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Proposals and Suggestions for EER 2023 Due October, 15

We welcome your input and invite you to share your suggestions for the Rendezvous program or submit a proposal for a workshop or roundtable you want to lead. The committee will review all suggestions and work to create a balanced program that serves diverse audiences. The deadline for all suggestions and proposals is October 15, 2022. Sign up to receive timely updates as the program and deadlines become available.

Renew your NAGT Membership

Join NAGT in celebrating our 85th year! Renew your NAGT membership and continue to receive benefits for 2023. Benefits of being a member of NAGT include:

  • Online access to In the Trenches, a full-color quarterly magazine focused on improving geoscience education at all levels
  • Discounted registration rates on NAGT Professional development workshops, including the Earth Educators' Rendezvous
  • Monthly NAGT e-newsletter, featuring articles, updates, and deadlines in the world of Geoscience Education
  • Online access to the Journal of Geoscience Education, the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research, curriculum, and instruction
  • A voice in the development of Teach the Earth, NAGT's portal to online teaching and professional development resources for geoscience educators
  • The ability to recognize your colleagues and students through NAGT's awards
  • Opportunities to volunteer in NAGT committees and offices, from advocacy to professional development

Renew Membership Today!

Nominate yourself or your colleagues to 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 for a committee, please visit NAGT's Get Involved in NAGT Leadership page.

Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

Earth Science Week, October 9-15, 2022: Earth Science for a Sustainable World

NAGT is proud to be a part of AGI's Earth Science Week. We've selected resources that align with this year's theme: Earth Science for a Sustainable World from our Teach the Earth collection and other projects we sponsor because they are high-quality and reviewed teaching resources. Earth science and Earth scientists play an important role in creating and living in a sustainable and just world. Read more about what we mean by sustainability to help you integrate the featured resources into your teaching.

Learn more about Earth Science Week and NAGT's Earth Science for A Sustainable World resources.

Apply for a Traveling Workshop: Customized programming to strengthen your department or courses by October 15

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event to help you and your colleagues with strategic planning. Designed for departments, institutions, or groups of institutions with shared interests, TWP offers workshops on strengthening geoscience departments, fostering collaboration in the development of cross-campus environmental and sustainability programs, developing strategies for supporting the success of all students, and more. Apply to bring facilitators to you for a 2023 workshop by October 15, 2022.

Apply for a Traveling Workshop

NAGT at the AGU Fall Meeting 2022

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. The meeting theme this year is Science Leads The Future.

Announcing the 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!

Apply Today!

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 here.

We also encourage you to check out the October Issue!

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

Awards and Recognition

Winners of the 2022 NAGT, GSA, CEO-CUR, Totten, Stout, and JGE Education Division Awards will be recognized during the joint award luncheon at the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, from October 9-12, 2022. This year's NAGT award winners include:

Please join us in congratulating this year's award winners for their incredible efforts toward advancing Earth science education. Awards provide the community with the opportunity to recognize colleagues and students in a tangible way that communicates respect for their outstanding efforts and lets them know the work they've put into teaching substantially contributes to our organization's mission. Nomination forms are now open for next year. Nominate today!


NAGT member Valerie Sloan has been awarded the 2022 AGU Excellence in Earth and Space Science Education Award!

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!

Workshops and Webinars

Solar System

NAGT Webinar: Vera C. Rubin Observatory presents: An NGSS Approach to Exploring our Solar System

Presenters: Ardis Herrold, Education Specialist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory
Justine Schaen, Education Specialist, NSF's NOIRLab

Rubin Observatory online investigations engage students in working on current science research questions by using interactive tools and multimodal data visualizations. Learn about how you can use these free investigations and their accompanying phenomena, support materials, and assessments, designed for three-dimensional learning.

Date: October 20, 2022
Times: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET
Register by October 18, 2022

For Students

Apply to the GEMS Mentor Program

Are you a current or former geoscience student interested in attending a US-based graduate school? Apply to be a GEMS mentee to be matched with a mentor who can guide you through the process!

Are you a senior graduate student, postdoc, or faculty interested in providing mentorship support for underrepresented undergraduate and early-stage graduate students who are interested in going to US-based graduate school? Join our team of mentors.

Our goal is to match students with mentors based on needs, backgrounds, and interests. Mentees can request mentorship along two tracks: the Ruby Track is for individuals interested in going to graduate school in the future and the Sapphire Track is for individuals who are applying to graduate programs during the current application cycle. Mentors can choose to provide support in either track. Please note that we are not accepting applications from international students who have never been enrolled in a US degree-granting program.

Mentee applications are accepted from September 10th to October 14th. Matches will be assigned October 24th.


Section and Division Highlights

Register for NAGT Far Western Section's Field Conference by October 7

NAGT Members in California, Nevada, and Hawaii - Save the Date! NAGT Far Western Section's Field Conference 2022 will be held October 14-16 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, CA. Registration deadline is this Friday, October 7! We look forward to seeing you in October!

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.

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

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

Rock and Mineral Exchange

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