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Workshop Program

Note: the 2007 workshop is over. Find out more about the "Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences" workshops, or read on for more information about the 2007 workshop.
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2007 Workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Thursday, August 2, 2007


1:00-5:30 Registration and arrival
Participant check in at Smith Hall. See travel and logistics page for additional information.

Optional Pre-Workshop Events on Thursday Afternoon


These pre-workshop events will be held in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, Weeks Hall.

2:30-3:30 Concurrent Sessions

  • Careers in Museums
    Rich Slaughter, University of Wisconsin Geology Museum Director, Room A230
    The session will feature an overview of the opportunities for careers in museums including advice on how to position yourself to be competitive for such jobs.
  • Enhancing Student Learning through Inclusive Teaching
    Don Gillian-Daniel, Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning, University of Wisconsin, Room A257
    Educators often approach diversity as a problem to be addressed, rather than an opportunity for all to excel. Adding a statement of inclusivity to your syllabus is one step, but what next? This session will model a range of approaches, as well as a rationale for selecting them, for creating a more inclusive learning environment throughout the semester. Participants will leave with resources to help them create inclusive learning environments in their own classrooms.
  • Wiring the Megathrust: Drilling for Earthquakes in the Nankai Trough Subduction Zone / Above my Pay Grade: Teaching and Doing Geocience in the Era of Large Projects
    Harold Tobin, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Room 235
    For the past six years, I have been the Chief Project Scientist for the IODP program to drill into, sample, and instrument a subduction megathrust within the plate interface seismogenic zone at the Nankai Trough of SW Japan, site of repeated historical great earthquakes and tsunami. The NanTroSEIZE project, which will begin in September 2007, presents scientific, technical, and organizational challenges in roughly equal measure. I'll discuss some of the highlights of the science plan, as well as the path I've taken so far, and some ideas about future trends in research in the geosciences.
  • Science for a Shrinking Planet: Sustainability and the Need to Turn Research into Solutions, and Education into Leadership
    Jon Foley, Professor of Environmental Studies and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Director of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), University of Wisconsin, Room A259
    During this session, we will explore the evolution of a new "Sustainability Science" paradigm, and how this might help focus academic disciplines to address pressing problems related to water scarcity, food shortages, environmental pollution, and others related to global environmental change. In particular, we will engage in discussions of how different disciplines can work together (either through interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary means) and effectively connect to the real world.

3:45-4:45 Concurrent Sessions
  • Incorporating Social Justice into Geoscience Topics
    Herb Wang, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Room A259
    This session will explore how social justice topics can be incorporated into geoscience classes. I will describe my experience teaching environmental justice courses that included a freshman seminar; a web-based, distance course; a three-week summer course, a spring-break trip to "cancer alley," and a graduate water-resources-management practicum in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.
  • Tour of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin
    Jean Bahr, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Meet on the 1st floor by the big globe in the lobby next to the Museum
  • WiscSIMS Studies of Paleoclimate: Hadean Oceans to Holocene Weather
    John Valley, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Room 235

Workshop Begins


View of Lake Monona from the Pyle Center. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Workshop sessions will be in the Pyle Center

5:30-6:00 Informal reception (optional) with cash bar, ATT Lounge

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-9:00 Introductions and Opening Session, Pyle Center, ATT Lounge
  • Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Goals and Overview
    Heather Macdonald and Robyn Wright Dunbar
  • Where Do You Want to Go? - A Spectrum of Academic Careers: Panel and Discussion
    Jean Bahr, University of Wisconsin, Kurt Friehauf, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; Mike Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College; Ashanti Pyrtle, University of South Florida; David Steer, University of Akron
    Each panelist will give a five-minute overview of his or her current job. Following the presentations, all of the workshop leaders will field questions. The goal is for participants to learn more about the diversity of job opportunities available in academia.
    • Our career profiles page has links to profiles of many geoscientists, including many of of the 2007 Career Prep workshop leaders, in both non-traditional and traditional academic careers.
2007 Workshop session on preparing now for your future academic career. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Friday, August 3, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast at Smith Hall

8:15-8:55 Overview of Day and Preparing Now For Your Future Academic Career in the Geosciences
Pyle Center Room 325/326
Heather Macdonald

Theme for the day: Who are you as a teacher?



9:00-10:00 Research on Learning: Concurrent Sessions
Participants: Please complete the Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire and send us your results prior to the workshop. Robyn will use your (collective) data in her presentation.
2007 Workshop participants are, on average, strongly visual learners.
10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Breakout Sessions

11:25-12:25 Breakout Sessions (repeated)

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:45 Birds of a Feather Discussions:
Dual careers, families, balance, and more; International scientists in the U.S.; and other topics

2:00-3:30 Designing Effective Classroom/Laboratory Activities

Heather Macdonald
For this activity, you will work in small groups to review and then develop or refine a classroom or lab activity that addresses a key concept or skill in your discipline. This session will be an opportunity to share ideas with other participants as you consider different ways to teach that concept or skill.
  • Daily Class Planning links to resources to help you develop your own classroom, lab, or field activities, or to find existing activities that meet your needs.
  • How to Plan a Single Class Period provides guidance in planning a lesson, from setting learning goals for the day to assessing whether students have met those goals. This page includes specific geoscience examples and a worksheet you can use to plan a class period.
  • Characteristics of an Effective Assignment/Activity (Microsoft Word 21kB Aug4 07) is a list compiled by 2007 workshop participants during this session.
3:30-3:45 Break

Robyn Wright Dunbar describes the key elements of a strong teaching statement. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
3:45-5:00 Teaching Statements Concurrent Sessions: Articulating Your Teaching Goals and Highlighting Your Accomplishments
  • Introduction to Teaching Statements
    Robyn Wright Dunbar
    This session is designed to "jump start" the writing process for those who have yet to draft a teaching statement. Participants will articulate their teaching goals and accomplishments, and begin the process of folding these into a concise teaching statement.
  • Review of Teaching Statements
    Heather Macdonald and all other leaders
    Participants who submitted teaching statements in advance will work in small groups, each with a workshop leader, reviewing each other's statements and offering feedback. Leaders will also offer their comments.
    • Your Teaching Statement is a list of resources describing how to write your own personal teaching statement. At the top of the list is a worksheet to help you through the process.

5:00-5:20 Reflection time and Daily "road check"

6:30 Dinner - Pyle Center

Saturday, August 4, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Smith Hall

2007 Workshop participants practice describing their research to colleagues. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Theme for the morning: Who are you as a researcher?


Pyle Center

8:15-8:30 Overview of Day and Report on Daily Feedback

8:30-9:10 Presenting Yourself to Others (PowerPoint 4.6MB Jul30 07)
Heather Macdonald
In the job search process you will have very brief, yet critical, opportunities to convey your work to others. Participants in this session will refine a personal "Elevator Talk," a paragraph that describes the nature and significance of your research, and which is geared to a more general audience. You will then practice giving this talk to others.
9:15-9:45 The Role of Research in Launching a Faculty Career (PowerPoint 51kB Jul31 07)
Heather Macdonald and other leaders
This session will help you focus a vision statement for your research and start you thinking about how your research will integrate with your teaching, where it might lead in the future, and how it might differ depending upon the institution type.
9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Moving Your Research Forward to New Settings: Breakout Sessions
2007 Workshop participants, small group discussion. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.

11:10-11:50 Research Statements: Concurrent Sessions
  • Introduction to Research Statements
    Heather Macdonald and other workshop leaders
    This session is designed to "jump start" the writing process for those who have yet to draft a research statement. It will include a short presentation on research statements and will includes time to work on your research vision and outline a research statement.
  • Review of Research Statements
    Robyn Wright Dunbar and other workshop leaders
    Participants who submitted research statements in advance will review each other's research statements and will discuss key aspects of research statements intended for a particular type of institution (e.g., liberal arts college, research university)different.
2007 Workshop participants, discussing their career choices. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Theme for the afternoon: Choosing Where You Want to Go and Getting There


1:10-2:30 Mapping Your Career: Choices, Balance, and Action Planning
Heather Macdonald
Given where you are in your career and what you have learned at this workshop, reflect on your long term goals or "dream job." What are your next steps? What advice would help you most at this point?
2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 The Academic Job Search: Applications, Interviews, and Job Talks
Paul Hoskins, Kathy Surpless, Jean Bahr, and Mike Phillips
How to tailor your application for each advertised position, what to expect during your interview, and how to prepare an effective "job talk" (research presentation or teaching demonstration). Brief presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.
  • The Job Search is a collection of resources for people looking for jobs in academia. It includes information on beginning your search, assembling your application materials, interviewing, negotiating, and dealing with additional considerations (such as being part of a dual career couple).
  • The job talk, (PowerPoint 30kB Aug2 06) from Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, summarizes a few key points about how to give an effective presentation during an on-campus interview.
4:00-4:50 Negotiating
Jean Bahr and Liz Canuel
What to expect in the negotiation process, what is negotiable, and the importance of negotiating for what you need (and making sure you get it in writing).
  • Effective Negotiations (Acrobat (PDF) 219kB Aug5 07) is Liz Canuel's presentation for this session, highlighting the difference between an offer and a contract, and offering advice on negotiating salary, teaching load, start-up, and space.
  • A View from the Other Side of the Table (PowerPoint 48kB Jul30 07) offers Jean Bahr's perspective on negotiations, as a department chair.
  • Negotiating for What You Need to be Successful is a collection of resources about negotiating an academic contract – what to negotiate for, and how to negotiate effectively (and pleasantly).
  • Online articles on negotiation (Microsoft Word 33kB Aug1 07) is a list, from Jean, of additional online resources about negotiating a contract.
At the "picnic," held indoors due to rain. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
4:50-5:00 Reflection

5:00-5:20 Closing Remarks and Workshop Evaluation

6:30 Picnic

Sunday, August 5, 2007


7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Smith Hall

Optional Workshop Sessions

Pyle Center

8:30-9:30 Concurrent Workshops: Session 1
9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-10:45 Concurrent Workshops: Session 2
  • Families, Dual Career Couples, and Careers
    Robyn Wright Dunbar, Ashanti Pyrtle, and Ben Surpless
    • Successfully Managing Dual Careers (PowerPoint 1.3MB Jul30 07) is Ashanti's presentation for this session, which describes her and her husband's dual careers and the strategies that worked for them.
    • Dual Career Couples is a collection of resources about and for dual career couples in science, including about a dozen "case studies" of dual career couples in geoscience.
  • Improving Student Success by Scaffolding Learning
    David Steer
    Participants in this workshop will learn how to use Bloom's taxonomy to structure course learning activities to best promote student success. The various levels will be discussed using examples. Participants will devise a set of activities in their content area of expertise that are appropriate for an introductory class.
  • Tenure Considerations and Early Career Faculty Issues at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Research Universities
    Jean Bahr and Kurt Friehauf
    By the front door of the Pyle Center. Photo by Carol Ormand, courtesy of Carol Ormand.
  • The Community College Interview
    Mike Phillips
    Participants will learn about common components of the community college interview process. A typical interview visit will be described, and sample questions will be presented and discussed.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Concurrent Workshops Session 3
  • Balancing Your Life
    Paul Hoskin, Ashanti Pyrtle, and David Steer
    • Balancing Your Life (Acrobat (PDF) 164kB Jul30 07) is Paul's handout for this session.
    • Making Choices: Finding your Balance is a collection of resources designed to help you figure out your priorities (at work and in the rest of your life) and then establish the habits that will allow you to balance them.
  • Developing and Teaching On-line Courses\
    Mike Phillips
    Faculty who can teach courses in part or completely on-line are in high demand. Participants will discuss the various types of on-line offerings and key steps in developing on-line materials and courses. The session will also discuss some of the common difficulties encountered in on-line teaching and learning and how those difficulties can be addressed.
  • Tenure Considerations and Early Career Faculty Issues at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Research Universities
    Jean Bahr and Kurt Friehauf
  • Who Are Your Students? Lessons from High School and College Teaching
    Ben Surpless
    With a better understanding of students' pre-college educational backgrounds, a college professor is better able to tailor everything from course design to class discussions, in-class activities, and laboratory experimentation. We'll discuss the impact that diverse high-school curricula have on the range of your students' learning styles, work ethics, science and math backgrounds, and pre-existing attitudes about and knowledge of the geosciences.