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On the Cutting Edge Workshop: Pursuing an Academic Career

Geology class at Two Lights State Park, Portland, ME
Teaching geology in Portland, Maine

This workshop has already taken place.

Beginning an academic career is challenging. This workshop, offered at the Northeastern GSA meeting, offered resources for and insights into designing effective courses, writing clear research and teaching statements, and other aspects of applying to and starting academic positions.


Description and Goals

This workshop was targeted to those planning a future academic career, as well as those in the early stages of an academic career at a two-year college, four-year college, or university. Goals for participants were to:
  • Discuss components of compelling teaching and research statements.
  • Learn about effective course design.
  • Share and critically review assignments and activities.
  • Meet others pursuing academic careers.
  • Leave feeling better prepared to communicate your own teaching and research ideas.

Workshop Conveners

  • Rachel Beane , Department of Geology, Bowdoin College
  • Britt Argow, Department of Geosciences, Wellesley College


This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education .

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