Cutting Edge > Manage Your Career > Career Prep > Previous Workshops > Workshop 09

July 16-19, 2009
University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Las Vegas, NV

The deadline for applications was March 18, 2009.


2009 panel on academic institutions and careers. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Note: the 2009 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 2009 workshop.

This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in pursuing academic careers. Faculty members and administrators will provide guidance and information that will help participants to be stronger candidates for academic positions and to succeed in academic jobs. Session topics focus on becoming both a successful teacher and researcher. Each participant will take home ideas to improve teaching right now and will develop a personal action plan.

Note: We have also developed a set of online resources for folks who are preparing for an academic career in the geosciences. These webpages focus on the job search process, preparing to teach, and moving your research forward. You do not have to attend the workshop to view these pages.


Follow the links below for information about each of the workshop conveners and leaders. In most cases, the linked pages have the leaders' answers to questions about their career path, job responsibilities (including challenges), balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and more.

Workshop Conveners:

Heather Macdonald, Geology Department, College of William and Mary
Robyn Wright Dunbar, Center for Teaching & Learning, Stanford University
2009 workshop conveners and leaders. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Workshop Leaders

Pamela Burnley, Department of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Eugene Cordero, Department of Meteorology, San Jose State University
Jon Lewis, Department of Geoscience, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ellen Martin, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida
Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rachel O'Brien, Geology Department, Allegheny College
Elizabeth Nagy-Shadman, Department of Natural Sciences, Pasadena City College
David Steer, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, University of Akron

Cutting Edge Staff

Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, supported 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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