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Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop Program

Participants discuss various aspects of academic careers on the first evening of the 2009 workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Note: the 2009 workshop is over. Find out more about the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops, or scroll down for more information about the 2009 workshop, including links to most of the workshop presentations.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Check in to the hotel (the Williamsburg Hospitality House ) at any time (your room might not be ready until 3:00 pm). Registration for the workshop will be in the William and Mary Parlor of the Hospitality House from 3:00-5:30; workshop registration for later arrivals will be at the Sadler Center during dinner or the evening program.

5:30 Informal Reception with Cash Bar, Sadler Center, Tidewater A and B

6:00-7:00 Dinner, Sadler Center, Tidewater A and B

7:00-9:00 Welcome and Introductions, Workshop Goals, Discussion, Logistics, Sadler Center, Tidewater A and B


Monday, June 15

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Sadler Center Dining Hall

8:15-9:40 Alumni House, Leadership Hall

Heather and Rachel's session on course design. Photo by Carol Ormand.
Preview schedule
Course Design: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment (Acrobat (PDF) 865kB Jun12 09)

Successful Activities and Assignments: composite list of characteristics, from our discussion

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-11:10 Course Design: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment continued

Bloom's Taxonomy Exercise (Acrobat (PDF) 514kB Jun9 09)

11:10-12:00 Interactive Lectures (Acrobat (PDF) 236kB Jun14 09) - Greg Hancock (Department of Geology, College of William and Mary)

12:00-1:00 Lunch, Sadler Center Dining Hall

1:30-2:20 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions, McGlothlin-Street Hall (MS): Participants will attend a session selected from the list below:

Conversation during the break. Photo by Carol Ormand.
Greg Hancock's session on interactive lectures. Photo by Carol Ormand.

2:30-3:20 Teaching Strategies: Concurrent Sessions. Participants will attend a session selected from the list below.

Participants introduce themselves in three or fewer words. Photo by Carol Ormand.

3:20-3:40 Break, MS 20 Lobby

3:40-4:40 Taking Charge of Your Career (Acrobat (PDF) 72kB Jun14 09), MS 20

4:40-5:00 Overview of Individual Consultation Process and Daily Roadcheck

5:30-6:30 Dinner, Sadler Center Dining Hall

7:00-8:00 Informal Session (optional) - Sharing Ideas about Specific Courses - Alumni House (open until 9:00 pm)


Tuesday, June 16

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Sadler Center Dining Hall

8:15-8:30 Report from Daily Roadcheck, Your Research/Scholarly Career Sadler Center, Tidewater A

8:30-9:40 Working Effectively with Research Students: Different Models

Discussion summary: Synthesis of participants' discussions on guidelines for research students

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:50 Research Strategies: Concurrent Sessions. Participants will attend one of the sessions listed below:

Research breakout session during the 2009 workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.
  • Bringing Earth Sciences to the Community via Outreach Opportunities (Acrobat (PDF) 94kB Jun16 09) - Katryn Wiese and Randy Richardson, James Room (also offered at 11:00)
  • We will discuss the educational opportunities that exist outside the college setting, ways to reach out to those opportunities, and the benefits of doing so. These opportunities include working with K-12 teachers, local science workshops, local/state/national park programs, television, newspapers, radio, museums, teaching workshops (union/local/state/national, etc.), and research programs (where you're not the PI).
  • Research with Undergraduates (Acrobat (PDF) 754kB Jun15 09) - Rachel Beane and Julia Sankey, Tidewater B (also offered at 11:00)
  • Doing research with undergraduates can range from exhilarating to exasperating. In this session, we pose questions to ask of yourself and your students, summarize various models for project design, and discuss some specific strategies and considerations.
  • Setting the Scope for M.S. Research Projects - Richelle Allen-King and Liz Ritchie, Tidewater A (offered one time only)
  • Working with M.S. students - taking the needs of your research program and the needs, experience, and abilities of your students into account and considering what is doable in a reasonable time frame.
Breakout session during the 2009 workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.
  • Starting New Research Projects and Collaborations - James Farquhar, Jen Roberts, and Steve Wojtal, York Room (also offered at 11:00)
  • You have finished your dissertation or post-doctoral projects and you want to use the resources at your current institution to grow in new directions. This session will focus on issues involved with starting and funding new research projects that are in your own field or are broadening the scope of your research. We will discuss the complex nature of strategies for succeeding and establishing new projects (including interdisciplinary projects), and how matters like paying close attention to what we can actually accomplish and recognizing requirements and limits on reinventing ourselves and our research methods can be used to advantage.

11:00-11:50 Research Strategies: Concurrent Sessions. Participants will attend a session from the list below.

Sharon Zuber's session on responding to student writing. Photo by CarolOrmand.

12:00-1:00 Lunch, Sadler Center Dining Hall (12:15-1:15 - optional interest group discussions)

Related resources for lunch discussions:

1:25-2:05 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions, Alumni House and/or Sadler Center. Participants will attend a session selected from the following list:

  • Getting Published: Strategies for Moving Forward - Richelle Allen-King and Steve Wojtal - Alumni House, Leadership Hall (repeated in second session)
  • We often hear talk of the pressure to publish. That characterization of this vital aspect of our career does not acknowledge that we are drawn to our work by curiosity about the world and find great satisfaction from completing a research project and seeing the work published. Nevertheless, a laundry list of obstacles, which include a myriad of other 'urgent' obligations, limited time to devote to writing, feelings that our work is inadequate or incomplete, and negative reviewer responses, can add frustration to writing and contribute to the pressure mentioned above. In this session, we will discuss several practical strategies for preparing manuscripts and seeing them through review and into print.
  • Navigating Departmental and Institutional Politics - Randy Richardson, Alumni House, 2nd Floor Conference Room (repeated in second session in different room)
  • Many colleges and departments, with diverse personalities, complex group dynamics, effective leadership distinct from positional leadership, generation gaps, and communication gaps, seem to be difficult places to navigate This session will focus on developing your awareness of, and skill set for, citizenship and navigating politics in academic settings. We'll also discuss how to say "No" safely.
Breakout session during the 2009 workshop. Photo by Carol Ormand.
  • Responding Effectively to Student Writing (Acrobat (PDF) 63kB Jun14 09) - Sharon Zuber, Director of the Writing Center, College of William and Mary, Alumni House, Chandler Room (repeated in second session)
  • Evaluating writing takes time and students often think the process is totally subjective.We will discuss specific ways to give students useful feedback without being overwhelmed with work by sequencing assignments to build on student skills and using a rubric that sets students up for success and minimizes the time it takes to grade. Participants will be given handouts for teaching and evaluating writing.
  • Keeping to the Core Demands and Dealing with Our Own Human Nature (Microsoft Word 61kB Jun9 09) - James Farquhar, Sadler Center, York Room
  • Whether one admits it or not, one's own human nature and the human nature of one's colleagues can become a worst enemy or a best ally. This session will be an open discussion of how issues such as jealousy, opportunity, following through and completing tasks, and follow up afterwards can shape our careers and determine how we feel about ourselves and live our lives inside and outside the academic setting, seeking to address questions about how much is enough and when is it too much.
  • Successfully Recruiting Graduate Students - Liz Ritchie and Jen Roberts, Alumni House, Pollard Room
  • Recruiting graduate students can be one of the most challenging and important aspects of a department's ongoing strength. Depending on the size of the department, the size and quality of the incoming class can be crucial to the continued development of research programs and growth of the department as a whole. This session will be an open discussion on the issues and problems with "passive recruitment" and we will talk about ways to actively recruit new graduate students in a positive way.
Happy fossil collectors at the Keck Environmental Field Lab, with several samples of Chesapecten jeffersonius, the Virginia state fossil. Photo by Randy Richardson.
  • What to Do When Our Teaching isn't Going Well (Microsoft Word 35kB Jun9 09) - Rachel Beane and Katryn Wiese, Alumni House, 3rd Floor Conference Room
  • Sometimes our teaching doesn't always meet our expectations, or we face difficult challenges from students, courses, or other conditions. In this session, we will review methods for evaluating the effectiveness of our teaching, offer resources and models for handling challenges, and discuss your questions.

2:15-2:55 Connections, Extensions, Opportunities: Concurrent Sessions. Participants will attend a session selected from the following list:

At the picnic at the Keck Environmental Lab. Photo by Carol Ormand.
  • Motivating Students and Helping them Succeed (Acrobat (PDF) 141kB Jun16 09) - Katryn Wiese, Alumni House, 3rd Floor Conference Room
  • It's hard to be motivated when you're struggling with the material in a class. We will discuss the various ways in which we can help students build better study skills and motivate them to engage more fully in our classes, including mentoring and tutoring programs, study sessions, self-help review worksheets, exam study guides, and teaching good study skills through your class policies and procedures.
    Lecture Tutorials are short worksheets that students complete in class to make lecture more interactive.

3:00-3:40 Tenure: Issues, Questions, and Answers; Daily Roadcheck, Alumni House, Leadership Hall

3:40-4:00 Break, Alumni House

4:00-5:20 Individual consultations, Alumni House (also in the evening, by mutual agreement)

5:30-6:30 Canoe Lake Matoaka, walk through the College Woods, tour the Keck Environmental Lab

Individual consultation at the Keck Environmental Lab. Photo by Carol Ormand.

6:30 Picnic Dinner at the Keck Environmental Lab


Wednesday, June 17

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Sadler Center Dining Hall

8:15-8:30 Preview of Day, Alumni House

8:30-10:00 Developing a Strategic Plan for Research/Scholarly Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 111kB Jun14 09)

10:00-10:20 Break

10:20-11:30 Writing Proposals and Getting Funded (Acrobat (PDF) 332kB Jun17 09); Professional Introductions; Discussion of NSF Visit

Funding Your Research is a set of web pages including resources for proposal writing and a collection of recent, successful grant proposals

11:30-12:45 Lunch, Alumni House

11:45-12:45 Optional Interest Group Discussions

Related resources for lunch discussions:

Participants discuss their research plans. Photo by Carol Ormand.

1:00-3:00 Moving Your Research/Scholarly Activity Forward: Funding and Other Issues (concurrent sessions) NOTE EARLIER AFTERNOON START TIME

  • Improving Research Proposals Through Review of Your Proposal Summaries - Sadler Center, Tidewater A
  • Improving Research Proposals Through Critique of Successful Proposals and Feedback on Your Plans - Alumni House, Leadership Hall

3:00-3:20 Break, Alumni House

3:20-3:30 Poster Instructions (Microsoft Word 30kB Jun14 09), Daily Roadcheck Alumni House, Leadership Hall

3:30-5:30 Work on Poster, Individual Consultations

6:00 or your choice Dinner in town (self-organized)

7:00-9:30 Work on Poster, Individual Consultations, Alumni House (open until 10:00 pm)


Thursday, June 18

7:00-8:00 Breakfast, Sadler Center Dining Hall

McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 20 Lobby: coffee all morning

At the poster session. Photo by Carol Ormand.

8:15-11:00 Poster Session, McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 20

11:00-11:30 Poster Follow-up and Reflection

11:30-1:15 Lunch in town

1:15-2:15 Balance and Time Management (Acrobat (PDF) 93kB Jun18 09), Alumni House. Leadership Hall - making choices based on priorities, scheduling, and more.

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-4:00 Strategic Action Planning

4:00-4:45 Next Steps, Recommendations, Concluding Remarks, and Workshop Evaluation

7:00 Dinner, Nawab Indian Restaurant


Friday, June 19

Optional Visit to the National Science Foundation

At the poster session. Photo by Carol Ormand.

6:45 Bus departs from Hospitality House

10:15-10:50 Welcome and Introduction to NSF

11:00-12:00 Small Group Meetings with Program Directors

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:00-4:30 Individual Meetings with Program Directors and Concurrent Small Group Sessions

4:30-5:00 Debriefing Session

5:15-6:45 Dinner

6:45 Bus departs from restaurant for Williamsburg



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